DATE: March 14, 2002

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

SOURCE: Federal Register, March 14, 2002, Vol. 67, No. 50, page 11435

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD)

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: DOD is adopting as final, without changes, the September 11, 2001, interim rule which amended 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.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on the interim rule, see the September 11, 2001, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); Pilot Mentor-Protege Program."

EFFECTIVE DATE: March 14, 2002.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Angelena Moy, Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, OUSD(AT&L)DP(DAR), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062; 703-602-1302; fax: 703-602-0350. Cite DFARS Case 2001-D006 when referring to this final rule.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: On September 11, 2001, DOD published an interim rule to implement Section 807 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001 (Public Law 106-398), Eligibility of Small Business Concerns Owned and Controlled by Women for Assistance Under the Mentor-Protege Program, which added women-owned small businesses as eligible to participate as protege firms in DOD's Pilot Mentor-Protege Program (for more on Public Law 106-398, see the November 2, 2000, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2001"). The interim rule amended DFARS Subpart 219.71 and DFARS Appendix I 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, the interim rule amended paragraph (b) of DFARS 219.7102, General, and paragraph (a) of DFARS I-104, Eligibility Requirements for a Protege Firm, to clarify 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.

DOD received one comment on the interim rule, but the comment did not recommend any changes to the interim rule, so DOD is finalizing the interim rule without change.

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

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