Has Bexar County ever conducted a Disparity & Availability Study? What were the results of the previous study?
According to the consultant's report, the available data did not allow the County to initiate a race-conscious program. The consultant reported some problems in gathering complete information, specifically regarding subcontractor information, and reporting “…the county's data set is insufficient to identify disparity in individual industries as required by case law, and there was no evidence of discrimination.”
On September 18, 2012 staff posted an agenda item to present the consultant's report and staff analysis for Commissioners Court consideration.
Commissioner Court received the final Disparity and Availability Study; and directed County staff to develop a plan to be reviewed at a Court meeting for improved data collection, and to enhance race-neutral strategies for small, minority, woman and veteran-owned business enterprise participation in County contracting.