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DOD/DARC RIN: 0750-AK96 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: Reauthorization and Improvement of Mentor-Protege Program (DFARS Case 2020-D009) 

DoD is proposing to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement to implement section 872 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, which reauthorizes and improves the DoD Mentor-Protege Program.

Agency: Department of Defense(DOD)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 48 CFR, ch. 2, app. I     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 41 U.S.C. 1303    Pub. L. 116-92, sec. 872   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need:

This rule is necessary to amend the DFARS to implement the reauthorization of and amendments to the Mentor Protégé Program provided by section 872 of the National Defense authorization act (NDAA) of Fiscal Year (FY) 2020.  

Summary of the Legal Basis:

The legal basis for this rule is section 872 of the NDAA for FY 2020 (Pub. L. 116-92).


There are no alternatives that would meet the requirements of the statute. 

Anticipated Costs and Benefits:

This rule is expected to be of significant benefit to small businesses accepted as protégés under the program, as well as the firms that mentor such small businesses, by bringing more small businesses into DoD's supply chain.  DoD’s Mentor-Protégé Program is the oldest continuously operating Federal mentor-protégé program in existence. DoD’s Mentor-Protégé Program has successfully helped more than 190 small businesses fill unique niches and become part of the military’s supply chain.  Many mentors have made the Program an integral part of their sourcing plans. Protégés have used their involvement in the Program to develop technical capabilities. Successful mentor-protégé agreements provide a winning relationship for the protégé, the mentor, and DoD.


Failure to implement section 872 and extend DoD's Mentor-Protégé Program would significantly inhibit the Department's ability to provide incentives for DoD contractors to assist small businesses in enhancing their capabilities and to increase participation of such firms in Government and commercial contracts.

Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  12/00/2021 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Jennifer Johnson
Defense Acquisition Regulations System
Department of Defense
Defense Acquisition Regulations Council
3060 Defense Pentagon, Room 3B941,
Washington, DC 20301-3060
Phone:571 372-6100