The Division of Administration evaluates the propriety of transactions, certifies that mandated services are cost-effective, monitors local and federal funding sources, manages personnel and labor relations, maintains the communication network and validates compliance with federal and local statutes.
Disadvantage Business Enterprise
The Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) program is intended to ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of the Department of Transportation (DOT)-assisted contracts in the department's highway, and transit programs. One of the goals of the program is to provide opportunities for local DBE's who compete for DOT-assisted contracts by reducing the burdens small businesses often time face.
The mission of the Division of Public Transportation is to promote public transit as a viable transportation option in the territory. The Division of Transportation was created to maintain and improve public transportation services in the U. S. Virgin Islands. The division has responsibility for transportation planning, highway research, planning oversight of the Virgin Islands Public Transit System (VITRAN), public parking Lots, and all traffic control devices to include pavement markings, traffic signs and the traffic signal control systems. The Office of Public Transportation, a component of the Division, has been designated as the grant recipient for the Territoryâs Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Urbanized Area Formula (UAF) Grant Program administered by the Federal Transit Administration. The State Planning and Research unit, which is also a component of the Division, is responsible for managing designated projects funded by the Federal Highway Administration.
The Division of Operations provides timely and efficient response for infrastructure maintenance to include: public road repair and periodic cleaning of swales and guts.
Capital Improvement Projects
The Capital Improvement Program office leads and regulates territorial coordination, management and delivery of all government capital improvement projects exceeding $100,000. This program provides critical administrative and professional engineering support services as it relates to the planning, construction, renovations and development of all government facilities for the Executive Branch.
The Division of Engineering provides architectural, engineering, design and inspection services throughout the territory for the Department of Public Works and other government agencies. The division is responsible for project management including requests for proposals, design review, project inspections and contract administration, as well as approval of requests for payments to contractors of inspected projects. The division also reviews plans and specifications prepared by independent firms for government projects and manages all hazard mitigation and flood control projects.
Office of Highway Engineering
The Office of Highway Engineering is responsible for the design and construction management of all federally funded projects, and the administration of the Federal Aid Highway Program for the territory of the United States Virgin Islands.
Civil Rights Program
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, prohibits discrimination based upon race, color, and national origin. Specifically, 42 USC 2000d states that “No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” The use of the word “person” is important as the protections afforded under Title VI apply to anyone, regardless of whether the individual is lawfully present in the United States or a citizen of a State within the United States.
In addition to Title VI, there are other Nondiscrimination statutes that afford legal protection. These statutes include the following: Section 162 (a) of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1973 (23 USC 324) (sex), Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (age), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973/Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (disability).