Defense Contracting: Implementation of the Pilot Mentor-Protege Program
United States General Accounting Office Washington
To provide incentives for prime contractors to increase small disadvantaged business SDB participation in DOD subcontracting, the Congress, in 1990, mandated the Pilot Mentor-Protege Program. The programs objective is to foster the business development of SDBS so as to increase the capabilities of such firms to participate as subcontractors and suppliers in DOD contracts, other government contracts, and commercial contracts. The program authorized the formation of mentoring relationships between major prime contractors and subcontractors, who are approved by DOD as mentor firms, and SDBS proteges. The mentors and proteges jointly develop a tailored developmental assistance program, meeting their mutual needs, which is set forth in a mentor-protg agreement that is submitted to DOD. DOD then determines the agreements compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements.