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DATE: August 17, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

SUBJECT: Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); Mentor-Protege Program Improvements

SOURCE: Federal Register, August 17, 2000, Vol. 65, No. 160, page 50149

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD)

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: DOD is adopting as final, with changes, the February 10, 2000, interim rule that amended DFARS Subpart 219.71, Pilot Mentor-Protege Program, and DFARS Appendix I, Policy and Procedures for the DOD Pilot Mentor-Protege Program, to extend the program and revise various related statutory provisions.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on the interim rule, see the February 10, 2000, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); Mentor-Protege Program Improvements."

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 17, 2000.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan L. Schneider, Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, OUSD(AT&L)DP(DAR), IMD 3D139, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062; 703-602-0326; fax: 703-602-0350. Cite DFARS Case 99-D307 when referring to this rule.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Section 811 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000 (Public Law 106-65) extended the period for entering into mentor-protege agreements from September 30, 1999, until September 30, 2002; extended the period during which mentor firms may incur costs under the program from September 30, 2002, until September 30, 2005; revised the procedures for reimbursing costs incurred by mentor firms for assistance provided to protege firms; required both mentor and protege firms to submit annual progress reports; and required annual performance reviews of each mentor-protege agreement.

On February 10, 2000, an interim rule was published which amended DFARS Subpart 219.71 and DFARS Appendix I to implement Section 811. Three commentors responded, and the interim rule is finalized with minor changes. The following are the most significant of the changes:

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

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