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City of New York Disparity Study

May 2018

Published by MGT Consulting Group

A disparity analysis of the utilization of minority and women-owned business enterprises (M/WBEs) in City of New York’s contracting, as compared to the availability of M/WBEs in the relevant market, was conducted. The review of purchasing policies, practices, and procedures was for the scope of the study period covering July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2015. The report concluded that disparities do exist for M/WBE firms operating in the private sector within the City’s market area. Thus, the City may have a compelling interest to continue its current M/WBE program to avoid becoming a passive participant to discrimination. The study’s disparity analysis summary highlighted disparities existing for all racial and ethnic groups in the five identified major industry categories.