(1) In the absence of federal funding and the applicability of the disadvantaged business enterprise program, to increase race and gender-neutral participation of small and diverse businesses in ferry procurement, the Washington state department of transportation's office of equal opportunity and civil rights shall develop and monitor a state small business enterprise enforceable goals program. Pursuant to this program, the office shall establish contract goals for ferry vessel procurement. The contract goal is defined as a percentage of the contract award amount that the prime contractor must meet by subcontracting with small business enterprises. The enforceable goal for all ferry vessel procurement contracts will be set by the office. Prime contractors unable to meet the enforceable goals must submit evidence of good faith efforts to meet the contract goals to the small business enterprise enforceable goals program. The department, in collaboration with the office of equal opportunities [opportunity] and civil rights will develop contractual remedies should the contractor not make good faith efforts.
(2) Small business enterprises intending to benefit from the small business enterprise enforceable goals program established in subsection (1) of this section must meet the definition of "small business" in RCW 39.26.010
and must be certified as a "small business enterprise" by the Washington state office of minority and women's business enterprises. Prime contractors will enter all subcontractor payments into the office's diversity management and compliance system. The office of equal opportunity and civil rights shall monitor program performance.