Frequently Asked Questions


What is Massport’s Policy Statement in regards to Diversity & Inclusion/Compliance?

It is the policy of Massport to ensure that DBEs, M/WBEs, and ACDBEs have an equal opportunity

to receive and participate in all Massport contracts.  It is also Massport’s policy:

  • To ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of all contracts;
  • To create a level playing field on which DBEs, M/WBEs, and ACDBEs can compete fairly for all Massport contracts;
  • To ensure that the DBE, M/WBE, ACDBE Program is narrowly tailored in accordance with the Regulations and other applicable laws;
  • To ensure that only firms that fully meet the Commonwealth of Massachusetts  and Federal eligibility standards are permitted to participate as DBEs, M/WBEs, and ACDBEs;
  • To help remove barriers to the participation of  DBEs, M/WBEs, and ACDBEs in all Massport contracts;
  • To promote the use of DBEs, M/WBEs, and ACDBEs in all types of  non-federal and federal-assisted contracts and procurement activities;
  • To assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the market place outside the DBE, M/WBE, and ACDBE Program; and
  • To provide appropriate flexibility to Massport in establishing and providing opportunities for DBEs, M/WBEs, and ACDBEs.
What is the definition of Minority Business Enterprise?

A Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) is defined as a for-profit small business in which more than 51% of the interest, stock and otherwise, is owned by minority group members:

  • African American
  • Asian-Indian American
  • Asian-Pacific American
  • Hispanic American
  • Native American
What is the definition of a Women Business Enterprise?
A Women Business Enterprise is a women-owned for-profit small business that is (a) at least fifty-one percent (51%) percent owned by one or more women; or, in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of the stock of which is owned by one or more women; and (b) whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more women.
What is the definition of a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)?

A Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) is a for profit small business where socially and economically disadvantaged individuals own at least a 51% interest and also control management and daily business operations.  African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian-Pacific and Subcontinent Asian Americans, and Women are presumed to be socially and economically disadvantaged.  Other individuals can also qualify as socially and economically disadvantaged on a case-by-case basis.

What is the definition of an Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE)?
An Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) a concession that is a for-profit, small business (a) that is at least fifty-one percent (51%) owned by one or more individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged or, in the case of a corporation, in which fifty-one percent (51%) of the stock is owned by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals; and (b) whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of the socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who own it.
What is the definition of a Concession?

Concession means one or more of the types of for-profit businesses listed in paragraph (1) or (2) of this definition:

(1) A business, located on an airport subject to this part, that is engaged in the sale of consumer goods or services to the public under an agreement with the recipient, another concessionaire, or the owner or lessee of a terminal, if other than the recipient.

(2) A business conducting one or more of the following covered activities, even if it does not maintain an office, store, or other business location on an airport subject to this part, as long as the activities take place on the airport: Management contracts and subcontracts, a web-based or other electronic business in a terminal or which passengers can access at the terminal, an advertising business that provides advertising displays or messages to the public on the airport, or a business that provides goods and services to concessionaires.
I have WBE or MBE Certification why do I need to obtain DBE certification?

To participate in business opportunities with federally funded contracts by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), you must apply for DBE Certification.  If you wish to qualify for DBE status please contact the Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office to request information on the DBE Certification Process.

Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) –(DBE Certification)
State Transportation Building
10 Park Plaza, Suite 2600-B
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 701-8010
wsdo@state.ma.us

Once certified, can an ACDBE, WBE, MBE or DBE be assured of getting a contract or opportunity at Massport?

While certification does not guarantee that an ACDBE, WBE, MBE, and or DBE will win a contract or opportunity, it does enhance their exposure to prime contractors and the business community.  To be successful in winning business, a firm must market themselves as any business would. 

What are MPA’s workforce utilization requirements?

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) administers and enforces Executive Order 11246, which prohibits contractors and subcontractors, who do over $10,000 in Government business in one year from discriminating in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

The Executive Order also requires Government contractors to take affirmative action to insure that equal opportunity is provided in all aspects of their employment.

The utilization of minorities and women shall be, at a minimum, that currently in use by the federal government.  This requirement stated at 41 C.F.R. parts 60-4 is 6.9% utilization of women and 10%percent utilization of minorities, as a percent of work hours.
What is Prevailing Wage?

The Prevailing Wage Law establishes minimum wage rates  for workers on public construction projects, workers engaged in school bus transportation, operators of vehicles and equipment engaged by public entities for public works purposes (including solid waste and recycling), workers engaged by employers which provide janitorial services for state buildings, office moving services, and for certain employees of housing authorities.

Prevailing wage is defined as the hourly wage, usual benefits and overtime, paid to the majority of workers, laborers, and mechanics within a particular area.

The prevailing wage applies equally to unionized and non-unionized workers. Prevailing wages are established by regulatory agencies for each trade and occupation employed in the performance of public work.

The Department of Labor Standards (DLS) issues prevailing wage schedules to cities, towns, counties, districts, authorities, and agencies of the commonwealth for construction projects and several other types of public work. These prevailing wage schedules contain hourly wage rates that workers must receive when working on a public project.

What is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer?

An Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer is an organization that prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, gender, gender expression and identity, national origin, race, religious creed, sexual orientation or veteran status.

Where can I find information on job opportunities?

MASSPORT IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER COMMITTED TO WORKFORCE DIVERSITY

Massport job opportunities may be found at www.massport.com by clicking on the About Massport section followed by the Working at Massport link and then Job Opportunities. You can apply by clicking on the job title you are interested in and clicking on the "Apply" link! If this is the first time you are applying using our online job application, you will need to create an account and select a Username and Password. After your account has been established, you can build an application by clicking on the "Build Job Application" link.

How can I submit a discrimination or sexual harassment complaint?

Massport is committed to maintaining a working environment that is free from discrimination, sexual harassment, and all other types of harassment. Employees are encouraged to report allegations of discrimination, sexual harassment, harassment, retaliation or other violations of the Policy Against Harassment and Discrimination as soon as possible after their occurrence. Employees can report a compliant verbally or in writing to their supervisor, Department Head, Human Resources or the Office of Diversity & Inclusion / Compliance. To file with the Office of Diversity & Inclusion / Compliance, contact:

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion / Compliance, One Harborside Drive, First Floor, East Boston, Massachusetts 02128. Phone number: 617- 568-3190 Email: diversity@massport.com.

ADA Compliance and Accessiblity

To assist travelers with disabilities, Massport provides information on accessible services at Logan as well as tips on planning your trip, getting to and from Logan, transportation at the airport, parking information, security procedures, TTY access, and finding help at Logan. To find the ADA Compliance and Accessibility page go to www.massport.com, click on the Inside the Airport section and then the ADA Compliance and Accessibility link.