MWAA Commitment to Supplier Diversity

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) is committed at all levels to building and maintaining a community of diverse suppliers and increasing its ability to explore new ideas and gain access to creative solutions that respond to diverse customer needs. These value-added strategies create a competitive advantage, deliver regional economic development, and enhance the passengers’ experience. To that end, it is the policy of MWAA to seek significant participation in its contracts by local small businesses and small businesses owned by minorities and women.

MWAA has two supplier diversity programs for achieving this policy objective. The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (DBE) is used for contracts with federal funding from the Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Transit Administration, and the Federal Highway Association. The DBE program also includes the Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (ACDBE) for concessions contracts. MWAA’s Local Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (LDBE) is used for non-concessions contracts that are funded solely by MWAA. 

For assistance, please contact (DSD) at 703-417-8660 or

MWAA’s Department of Supplier Diversity (DSD) within the Office of Supply Chain Management is responsible for DBE, ACDBE and LDBE program administration.


COVID-19 Relief Program Information for Small Businesses

The DSD remains steadfast in its mission to promote regional economic development and has gathered COVID-19 relief program information and resources that may be helpful for the small business community.

List of COVID-19 Relief Programs

DSD Highlights and Results

As an engine of regional economic development, MWAA tracks the impact of its supplier diversity activities on the local economy.   DSD received multiple awards and recognition from federal agencies, key minority and small business organizations, and elected officials, such as the 2020 Civil Rights Advocate and Partner Award from the Federal Aviation Administration for its DBE and ACDBE programs. To learn more about DSD activities and awards, firms are encouraged  to take a look at MWAA’s Corporate Responsibility report by clicking here.

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