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Office Of Equal Opportunity Programs

The NMDOT is subject to the rules and regulations of the Federal Highway Administration and the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT). To carry out the letter as well as the intent of the Federal guideline, the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs (OEOP) oversees various programs witin the department.

Vacant, Director Office: 505-827-1774
Damian Segura, Interim Director Office:505-827-1778 damian.segura@state.nm.us
Debbie L. Varela, Administrator
Office:505-827-1774 debbiel.varela@state.nm.us

New Mexico Department of Transportation OEOP
1596 Pacheco Street Suite 201
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505

Office Phone: 505-827-1774
Toll Free Phone: 800-544-0936
Office Fax: 505-827-1779

Civil Rights/EEO Field Procedures Manual

 


Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Program (ADA)

The primary purpose of the NMDOT Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) program is to ensure that pedestrians with disabilities have opportunity to use the transportation system in an accessible and safe manner. As part of its responsibility under Title II of the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (504), NMDOT shall not discriminate on the basis of disability in any highway transportation program, activity, service or benefit it provides to the general public; and shall ensure that people with disabilities have equitable opportunities to use the public rights-of-way system.

Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act (Public Law 93-112) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in Federally assisted programs. Section 504 requirements for USDOT administrations are covered under 49 CFR Part 27 (USDOT), Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in Programs and Activities Receiving or Benefiting from Financial Assistance. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA, 1990, Public Law 101-336, each as amended) is a broader civil rights statute that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in all areas of public life.

The ADA addresses State and local government services, activities and policy making under the Department of Justice's ADA Title II implementing regulations. The ADA, under Title II, Subpart A, covers public rights-of-way. The Department of Justice (DOJ) has rulemaking authority and enforcement responsibility for Title II, while USDOT is legally obligated to implement compliance procedures relating to transportation, including those for highways, streets, and traffic management. Section 504 responsibilities not detailed specifically in Title II of the ADA are: Rest areas on Interstate highways must be accessible; and pedestrian overpasses, underpasses, and ramps constructed with Federal financial assistance must be accessible.
The NMDOT’s Office of Equal Opportunity Programs administers the Department’s ADA Program and has an ADA Coordinator on staff.  The ADA Coordinator advises planners, designers, contractors, inspectors, project managers and others to help ensure that pedestrian facilities in the public right of way are readily accessible to and usable by pedestrians with disabilities. 


Contractor Compliance Program (CCP)

The CCP review process determines if prime and subcontractors use fair hiring, employment and training practices and take Affirmative Action to ensure that applicants and employees are treated equally.  It consists of a comprehensive evaluation of each aspect of these practices and the resulting conditions.

Kathy Mattison Office: 505-827-5503 Kathy.mattison@state.nm.us
Art Gottlieb Office:505-827-5624 Arthur.gottlieb@state.nm.us


Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (DBE)

B2GNOW Diversity Management System
NMDOT is utilizing a new application system which helps the NMDOT DBE Program manage the administrative and data intensive burden that is part of diversity management.

Renee Roybal, DBE, Local Public Agency Project and B2GNow Office: 505-827-1685 reneed.roybal@state.nm.us 
Jackie Gallegos, DBE, State Projects and B2GNow Office: 505-827-1639 jackie.gallegos12@state.nm.us
Geanette Garcia, DBE Certification Analyst Office: 505-827-5544 geanette.garcia@state.nm.us


Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Certification

The goal of the DBE program is to make sure there is equal opportunity in the award of US DOT-assisted contracts for highway, transit, and airport projects.  The program is intended to provide a “level playing field” on which DBEs can compete fairly.  To make certain that only bona fide minority firms participate, the OEOP has a comprehensive DBE certification program.

Geanette Garcia, DBE Certification Analyst Office: 505-827-5544 geanette.garcia@state.nm.us


Labor Compliance Program (LCP)

The LCP review process confirms that prime and subcontractors are complying with Federal labor requirements on Federal-aid projects.  The OEOP ensures that all applicable laws and regulations are obeyed and all required inspections and investigations are made.

LCPtracker Labor Compliance Software
The LCPtracker service is a paperless, online system of entering Certified Payroll Reports.  Payroll data may be entered directly into the system or uploaded from major construction accounting and payroll programs.  The service eliminates the need for contractors to submit paper prevailing wage documents and forms while providing an online database of all certified payroll reports.  The service also generates audits, logs and correspondence.

Joseph Brown, Labor Compliance/LCPtracker Office: 505-827-1776 joe.brown@state.nm.us


On-The-Job Training

The NMDOT On-the-Job Training (OJT) Program establishes apprenticeship and training programs targeted to move women, minorities, and disadvantaged individuals into journey-level positions to ensure that a competent workforce is available to meet highway construction hiring needs, and to address the historical underrepresentation of these groups in highway construction skilled crafts.


Equal Employment Opportunity Program (Title VI)

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is committed to compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 49 CFR, part 2, and all related regulations and directives. NMDOT assures that no person shall on the grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity under any NMDOT program, activity or service.

Environmental Justice/Limited English Proficiency Policy Statement
NMDOT is also committed to assure every effort will be made to prevent the discrimination of low-income and minority populations as a result of any impact of its programs or activities in accordance with Executive Order 12898, Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and in Low-Income Populations. In addition, the NMDOT also assures every effort will be made to provide meaningful access to persons that have Limited English Proficiency, in accordance with Executive Order 13166, Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency.

Damian Segura, Title VI Environmental Justice/LEP Program Office: 505-827-1778 damian.segura@state.nm.us