Army Office of Small Business Programs
Mentor-Protégé Program

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Gayna Malcolm-Packnett
Procurement Analyst

The Mentor-Protege Program (MPP) was established as a pilot program and has periodically been reauthorized by Congress.The MPP was reauthorized under the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Army anticipates advertising a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) in the Spring of 2020 for white papers for the MPP.

A Mentor-Protégé Agreement (MPA) consists of business infrastructure developmental assistance and technology transfer. Example of Developmental Assistance include activities like Human Resources training, Business Development, Capture Management and Proposal Development training, or training on implementing a DCAA-compliant accounting system. Technology transfer can include implementation of quality management systems, certifications, or it can work on specific technology that provides a benefit to an Army program manager, Program Executive Office (PEO) or a Commander. The purpose of the program is to provide incentives to mentors to develop the capabilities of the protégé with the objective of increasing the capability of our industrial base.

Types of Mentor-Protégé Agreements:
  • Reimbursable: reimburses mentors for allowable mentoring expenses, up to $1M/year for up to 3 years.
  • Credit: provides small business subcontracting credit to the mentor for the socioeconomic categories of the protégé using a multiplier (4X for direct labor costs; 3X for subcontracts, and 2X for other direct costs [ODCs]); Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) administers credit agreements.
  • Hybrid: provides small business subcontracting credit for 1 year and reimburses for up to 2 additional years. DCMA administers the credit portion and we jointly manage the reimbursable portion with DCMA.

A change in the advertising of the solicitation:

In the past, OSBP developed the instructions for offerors, posted the notice on our OSBP webpage, received proposals, evaluated the proposals, negotiated, and then presented the packages to the contracting office for award. Now, we work with the contracting office, who will advertise the MPP solicitation, receive proposals, conduct the price analysis, and award the MPA after the PM, assistant PMs and DCMA representative conduct the technical evaluation.

Solicitation process:

We changed the solicitation process to be more fair and transparent. It is a 2-step process:

  • 1) a call for white papers to describe the technology transfer along with an endorsement from a PM, PEO, or Commander stating that the technology transfer will help address a one of their top priorities
  • 2) a request for proposal (RFP) by invitation to only those Mentor-Protégé (MP) teams whose technology transfer we wish to pursue.

This process will reduce the commitment of resources to the MP team in the beginning because they won’t have to do a full proposal until they are certain we wish to pursue their technology transfer.

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