DATE: February 10, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

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

SOURCE: Federal Register, February 10, 2000, Vol. 65, No. 28, page 6554

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD)

ACTION: Interim Rule

SYNOPSIS: DOD is amending the DFARS to implement Section 811 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000 (Public Law 106-65), which extends the DOD Pilot Mentor-Protege Program and amends various related statutory provisions.

DATE: The interim rule is effective February 10, 2000. Comments on the interim rule should be submitted on or before April 10, 2000, to be considered in the formation of the final rule.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments to Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, Attn: Ms. Susan Schneider, PDUSD(AT&L)DP(DAR), IMD 3D139, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062, fax: 703-602-0350. E-mail comments should be addressed to: dfars@acq.osd.mil. Cite DFARS Case 99-D307 in all correspondence related to this interim rule.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Susan Schneider, 703-602-0326.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: This interim rule revises 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 period for entering into mentor-protege agreements from September 30, 1999, until September 30, 2002; extend the period during which mentor firms may incur costs under the program from September 30, 2002, until September 30, 2005; revise the procedures for reimbursement of costs to mentor firms for assistance provided to protege firms; require both mentor and protege firms to submit progress reports; and require the Defense Contract Management Command (DCMC) to conduct annual performance reviews of mentor-protege agreements.

Among the notable changes are:

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

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