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Mentor-Protege Programs Have Policies That Aim to Benefit Participants but Do Not Require Postagreement Tracking

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U.S. Government Accountability Office WASHINGTON DC

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A mentor-protege program is an arrangement in which mentorsbusinesses, typically experienced prime contractorsprovide technical, managerial, and other business development assistance to eligible small businesses, or proteges. In return, the programs provide incentives for mentor participation, such as credit toward subcontracting goals, additional evaluation points toward the awarding of contracts, an annual award to the mentor providing the most effective developmental support to a protege, and in some cases, cost reimbursement. Overall, mentor-protege programs seek to enhance the ability of small businesses to compete more successfully for federal government contracts by furnishing them with assistance to improve their performance. We identified 13 federal agencies that currently have mentor-protege programs including the Department of Homeland Security DHS, Department of Defense DOD, Department of Energy DOE, Department of State DOS, Environmental Protection Agency EPA, Federal Aviation Administration FAA, General Services Administration GSA, Department of Health and Human Services HHS, National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA, Small Business Administration SBA, Department of the Treasury Treasury, United States Agency for International Development USAID, and the Department of Veterans Affairs VA.

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  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Administration and Management

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