DATE: May 13, 2004

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

SOURCE: Federal Register, May 13, 2004, Vol. 69, No. 93, page 26533

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD)

ACTION: Proposed Rule

SYNOPSIS: This proposed rule would amend DFARS Subpart 219.71, Pilot Mentor-Protege Program, and DFARS Appendix I, Policy and Procedures for the DOD Pilot Mentor-Protege Program, to authorize each military department's or defense agency's Director of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization to approve mentor firms and mentor-protege agreements.

EDITOR'S NOTE: On April 6, 2004, a proposed rule was published to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to transfer management of DOD's mentor-protege program from the DOD Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) to the OSDBUs of the military departments and defense agencies. See the April 6, 2004, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); Delegation of Approval Authority for Mentor-Protege Agreements."

DATES: Comments on the proposed rule should be submitted on of before July 12, 2004.

ADDRESSES: Respondents may submit comments directly on the web site at http://emissary.acq.osd.mil/dar/dfars.nsf/pubcomm. As an alternative, respondents may e-mail comments to: dfars@acq.osd.mil. Also, respondents who cannot submit comments through the web site or by e-mail may submit comments to Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, Attn: Thaddeus Godlewski, OUSD(AT&L)DP(DAR), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062, or by fax to 703-602-0350. Cite "DFARS Case 2003-D013" when making comments on this proposed rule.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thaddeus Godlewski, 703-602-2022.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Currently, the DOD Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) manages the Mentor-Protege program for DOD by approving contractors as mentor firms and approving mentor-protege agreements. DOD is proposing to amend DFARS Subpart 219.71 and DFARS Appendix I to authorize the OSDBU director of each military department or defense agency to approve mentor firms and mentor-protege agreements. However, the DOD OSDBU would retain policy and oversight responsibility for the offices participating in the program and would remain the program's principal budget authority.

In addition, this proposed rule would update procedures for implementation of the DOD mentor-protege program to reflect current requirements and procedures. The most significant of these would be the addition of:

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

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