Extension of Department of Defense Mentor-Protégé Pilot Program

November 18, 2011

DoD is issuing a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement to extend the date for submittal of applications under the DoD Mentor-Protégé Pilot Program for new mentor-protégé agreements and the date mentors may incur costs and/or receive credit towards fulfilling their small business subcontracting goals through an approved mentor- protégé agreement. Effective Date: November 18, 2011. Reference Federal Register Volume 76, Number 223 (Friday, November 18, 2011).

This Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) case implements section 8016 of the National Defense Appropriations Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 (Pub. L. 112-10). The NDAA for FY 2011 was signed into law on April 15, 2011. Section 8016 amends the DoD Mentor- Protégé Pilot Program (DoD MPP), section 831 of Public Law 110-510 (10 U.S.C. 2302, note), by changing the acceptance date for new DoD MPP agreements from September 30, 2010, to September 30, 2011; and eligibility date DoD mentors may incur costs for the purposes of receiving cost reimbursement or credit toward attainment of subcontracting goals, from September 30, 2013, to September 30, 2014.

This final rule implements these changes in the corresponding DFARS regulations: 219.704(b) and (d); and I-103(a) and (b).  DoD is issuing a final rule because this rule does not have a significant effect beyond the internal operating procedures of DoD and does not have a significant cost or administrative impact on contractors or offerors. This final rule merely extends the effective dates for an existing DoD program. These dates have already been extended by law.

Therefore, 48 CFR part 219 and 48 CFR chapter 2 appendix I are amended as follows:

1. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 219 and Appendix I continue to read as follows:

Authority: 41 U.S.C. 1303 and 48 CFR chapter 1.

PART 219--SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAMS

219.7104  [Amended]

2. Section 219.7104 is amended--

(a) In paragraph (b), by removing the year ''2013'' and adding in its place ''2014''; and

(b) In paragraph (d), by removing the year ''2013'' and adding in its place ''2014''.

APPENDIX I--POLICY AND PROCEDURES FOR THE DOD PILOT MENTOR-PROTEGE PROGRAM

3. Section I-103 is amended--

(a) In paragraph (a) by removing the year ''2010'' and adding in its place ''2011''; and

(b) In paragraph (b) introductory text by removing the year ''2013'' and adding in its place ''2014''.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Lee Renna, telephone 703-602-0764. 






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