Goldberg & Connolly's Partner Erik Erik A. Ortmann Moderates "D/M/WBE Compliance: Working with New York’s Public Agencies"

Goldberg & Connolly is pleased to announce that Partner Erik A. Ortmann moderated a panel discussion entitled "D/M/WBE Compliance: Working with New York's Public Agencies." The event was hosted by the Long Island Chapter of the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) and took place on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at the Hilton Long Island/Huntington in Melville, New York.

Mr. Ortmann was joined by panelists Lois R. McLaughlin, Director of the Opportunities Program at State University Construction Fund and Lisette Camilo, Director of the Mayor's Office of Contract Services.

Mr. Ortmann opened the discussion with a brief overview of the differences between federal, state and local D/M/WBE programs. He provided best practices for compliance, including developing a fair and acceptable utilization plan, making a good-faith effort to attain the specific DBE or M/WBE contractual goals and keeping records of compliance efforts. The panelists expanded on these D/M/WBE best practices and reinforced the importance of reading through construction contracts and asking questions, rather than making assumptions that could lead to failed goals. Ms. McLaughlin spoke to the function of the State University Construction Fund (SUCF) and her role as Director of their Opportunities Program before explaining SUCF's expectations for utilizing M/WBEs, focusing on the importance of meaningful participation (Commercially Useful Function). Ms. Camilo highlighted how M/WBE goals have changed under the Local Law 1 of 2013, which increases opportunities for M/WBEs and has a simplified goal structure. She emphasized that the Director at the Mayor's Office of Contract Services (MOCS) reports directly to Mayor de Blasio, reinforcing his administration's commitment to M/WBE Compliance.