On March 13, 2018, the Department of Defense (DoD) issued a final rule implementing a section of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 that amends the DoD Pilot Mentor-Protégé Program.  The amendments aim to provide the DoD’s Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) with information to support decisions regarding continuation of particular mentor-protégée agreements.

The most significant amendment provides a new reporting requirement for mentor firms.  Mentor firms must provide information to OSBP to support decisions regarding continuation of particular mentor-protégée agreements.  Mentor firms must provide additional information regarding the assistance provided to protégé firms and the success of this assistance.  The mentoring firms will also need to obtain supporting information from the protégée firms in order to properly assess, and allow the OSBP to assess, the success of the assistance provided. 

Additionally, there are new eligibility criteria for the program, including additional limitations on protégé firm participation.  Finally, the agreement is extended for three additional years until September 30, 2021.  (83 Fed. Reg. 12,682, 03/23/2018).