It is the policy of the County of San Joaquin to utilize certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) firms in all aspects of purchasing and contracting to the maximum extent feasible. This Policy is fully described herein and constitutes policy and commitment of substantially increased DBE utilization. This Policy includes any program, activity, or facility funded wholly or in part by any United States Department of Transportation model element and shall be effective during each fiscal year. This County, its contractors, and subcontractors, agree to ensure that DBE firms have the maximum opportunity to participate in the performance of contracts, subcontracts, or purchases. In this regard, the County and all of its contractors, subcontractors, and vendors will take reasonable steps in accordance with 49 CFR, part 26, to ensure that DBE firms have the maximum opportunity to compete for and perform federally funded contracts.