U.T. System Policy on Utilization of Historically Underutilized Businesses

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The University of Texas System Office of HUB Programs

POLICY ON UTILIZATION OF HISTORICALLY UNDERUTILIZED BUSINESSES (HUBs)

In accordance with the Texas Government Code, Sections 2161.181-182 and Title 34, Rule 20.281 of the Texas Administrative Code (TAC), The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System, acting through the Office of HUB Development shall make a good faith effort to utilize Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs) in contracts for construction services, including professional and consulting services; and commodities contracts. The HUB Rules promulgated by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts (the “Texas Comptroller”), set forth in 34 TAC Rules 20.281-20.298, encourage the use of HUBs by implementing these policies through race-, ethnic- and gender-neutral means.

The purpose of the HUB Program is to promote full and equal business opportunities for all businesses in State contracting in accordance with UT System specific or statewide HUB goals as specified in TAC Rule 20.284:

• 11.2% for heavy construction other than building contracts;
• 21.1% for all building construction, including general contractors and operative builders contracts:
• 32.9% for all special trade construction contracts;
• 23.7% for professional services contracts
• 26% for all other services contracts, and
• 39.61% for commodities contracts.

The University of Texas System shall make a good faith effort to meet or exceed these goals and/or UT System specific goals to assist HUBs in receiving a portion of the total contract value of all contracts that U. T. System expects to award in a fiscal year. The University of Texas System may achieve the annual program goals by contracting directly with HUBs or indirectly through subcontracting opportunities in accordance with the Texas Government Code, Chapter 2161, Subchapter F.