DATE: May 24, 2005

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

SOURCE: Federal Register, May 24, 2005, Vol. 70, No. 99, page 29644

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD)

ACTION: Interim Rule

SYNOPSIS: This interim rule amends DFARS Subpart 219.71, Pilot Mentor-Protégé Program, and DFARS Appendix I, Policy and Procedures for the DOD Mentor-Protégé Program, to extends the program for five additional years, and to permit service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs) and HUBZone small businesses to participate in the program as protege firms.

EDITOR’S NOTE: For more on other acquisition-related provisions of Public Law 108-375, see the October 29, 2004, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCHEnactment of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005.”

DATES: The effective date for this interim rule is May 24, 2005. Comments on the interim rule must be submitted no later than July 25, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Respondents may submit comments directly on the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov; on the web site at http://emissary.acq.osd.mil/dar/dfars.nsf/pubcomm; by e-mail to: dfars@acq.osd.mil; by fax to 703-602-0350; by mail to Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, Attn: Deborah Tronic, OUSD(AT&L)DP(DAR), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062; or by courier/hand to Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, Crystal Square 4, Suite 200A, 241 18th Street, Arlington, VA 22202-3402. Cite "DFARS Case 2004-D024" when making comments on this interim rule.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Deborah Tronic, 703-602-0289.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 841 of Public Law 108-375 extends through September 30, 2010, the period during which companies may enter into agreements under the DOD Pilot Mentor-Protégé Program, and extends through September 30, 2013, the period during which mentor firms may incur costs that are eligible for reimbursement or credit under the program.

Section 842 expands the program to permit SDVOSBs and HUBZone small businesses to participate in the program as protégé firms.

To implement these sections, the following changes are made to DFARS Subpart 219.71 and DFARS Appendix I:

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Panoptic Enterprises at 703-451-5953.

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