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Barry McVay's FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH

DATE: April 12, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

SUBJECT: Federal Aviation Administration Makes Mentor-Protege Program Permanent

SOURCE: Federal Aviation Administration Press Release, April 10, 2000

AGENCIES: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation

ACTION: Notice

SYNOPSIS: The FAA has converted its pilot mentor-protege program to a permanent program because of its success in broadening FAA's contractor base. The mentor-protege program encourages prime contractors to mentor socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses, historically black colleges and universities, minority institutions, and women-owned small businesses.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Fiscal Year 1996 Department of Transportation Appropriations Act directed FAA to develop its own acquisition management system outside of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) system. It developed the FAA Acquisition System Toolset (FAST), which can be accessed at http://fast.faa.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tammy Jones, 202-267-8521.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: FAA implemented its mentor-protege program as a pilot in April 1997 to enhance the capabilities of small businesses so they could perform technical FAA contracts and subcontracts. In addition, the program fosters the establishment of long-term business relationships between the proteges and FAA prime contractors and subcontractors, and increases the overall number of disadvantaged firms and organizations that receive FAA contracts.

To be a mentor, a contractor must be eligible to receive federal contracts, and may be either a large or small business. To be a protege, firms must be socially and economically disadvantaged, and be eligible to receive federal contracts. Firms must be "small" for the services or supplies they provide (the Small Business Administration (SBA) maintains the small business size standards, by Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code, at http://www.sba.gov/regulations/siccodes). Also, a firm representing that it is owned by a socially and economically disadvantaged individual or individuals must by certified by the SBA as a "small disadvantaged business" (the SBA answers questions and has applications available for downloading at http://www.sba.gov/gcmed/findit.htm.)

The mentor-protege program guide is on the Internet at http://www.faa.gov/sbo/men2.htm.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barry McVay at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to BarryMcVay@FedGovContracts.com.

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