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DATE: September 11, 2001

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

SOURCE: Federal Register, September 11, 2001, Vol. 66, No. 176, page 47108

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD)

ACTION: Interim Rule

SYNOPSIS: DOD is amending DFARS Subpart 219.71, Pilot Mentor-Protege Program, and DFARS Appendix I, Policy and Procedures for the DOD Pilot Mentor-Protege Program, to add women-owned small businesses to the types of concerns that may participate as protege firms in the DOD Pilot Mentor-Protege Program.

DATES: This interim rule is effective September 11, 2001. Comments on the interim rule must be submitted on or before November 13, 2001.

ADDRESSES: Respondents may submit comments directly on http://emissary.acq.osd.mil/dar/dfars.nsf/pubcomm; by e-mail to dfars@acq.osd.mil; to Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, Attn: Angelena Moy, OUSD (AT&L) DP (DAR), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062; or by fax to 703-602-0350. Cite DFARS Case 2001-D006 when submitting comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Angela Moy, 703-602-1302.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: The DOD Pilot Mentor-Protege Program was established under Section 831 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1991 (Public Law 101-510) "to provide incentives for DOD contractors to assist small disadvantaged businesses in enhancing their capabilities and to increase participation of such firms in government and commercial contracts.

Section 807 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001 (Public Law 106-398) added women-owned small businesses to the types of concerns that may participate as protege firms in the DOD Pilot Mentor-Protege Program.

To make this change, DFARS Subpart 219.71 and DFARS Appendix I have been revised to change "small disadvantaged firms" to "protege firms," as in the statement: "the purpose of the program is to provide incentives for DOD contractors to assist protege firms."

In addition, to clarify that business concerns owned and controlled by an Indian tribe or a Native Hawaiian organization are eligible to participate as protege firms, this interim rule revises paragraph (b) of DFARS 219.7102, General, and paragraph (a) of DFARS I-104, Eligibility Requirements for a Protege Firm, to state that the following are eligible to participate in the program as proteges: small disadvantaged business concerns, business entities owned and controlled by an Indian tribe, business entities owned and controlled by a Native Hawaiian Organization, qualified organizations employing the severely disabled, and women-owned small business concerns.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Panoptic Enterprises at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to Panoptic@FedGovContracts.com.

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