15 U.S. Code § 657r - Mentor-protege programs
(a) Administration program
The Administrator is authorized to establish a mentor-protege program for all small business concerns.
(2) Model for program
The mentor-protege program established under paragraph (1) shall be identical to the mentor-protege program of the Administration for small business concerns that participate in the program under section 637 (a) of this title (as in effect on January 2, 2013), except that the Administrator may modify the program to the extent necessary given the types of small business concerns included as proteges.
(b) Programs of other agencies
(1) Approval required
Except as provided in paragraph (4), a Federal department or agency may not carry out a mentor-protege program for small business concerns unless—
(2) Basis for approval
The Administrator shall approve or disapprove a plan submitted under paragraph (1) based on whether the program proposed—
Not later than 270 days after January 2, 2013, the Administrator shall issue, subject to notice and comment, regulations with respect to mentor-protege programs, which shall ensure that such programs improve the ability of proteges to compete for Federal prime contracts and subcontracts and which shall address, at a minimum, the following:
(A) Eligibility criteria for program participants, including any restrictions on the number of mentor-protege relationships permitted for each participant.
(B) The types of developmental assistance to be provided by mentors, including how the assistance provided shall improve the competitive viability of the proteges.
(C) Whether any developmental assistance provided by a mentor may affect the status of a program participant as a small business concern due to affiliation.
(I) The need for a mentor-protege pair, if accepted to participate as a pair in a mentor-protege program of any Federal department or agency, to be accepted to participate as a pair in all Federal mentor-protege programs.
(4) Limitation on applicability
Paragraph (1) does not apply to the following:
(B) Any mentoring assistance provided under a Small Business Innovation Research Program or a Small Business Technology Transfer Program.
(1) In general
Not later than 2 years after January 2, 2013, and annually thereafter, the Administrator shall submit to the Committee on Small Business of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship of the Senate a report that—
(B) specifies the number of participants in each such program, including the number of participants that are—
(iv) small business concerns owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals; or
In this section, the following definitions apply:
The term “mentor” means a for-profit business concern, of any size, that—
(A) has the ability to assist and commits to assisting a protege to compete for Federal prime contracts and subcontracts; and
(2) Mentor-protege program
The term “mentor-protege program” means a program that pairs a mentor with a protege for the purpose of assisting the protege to compete for Federal prime contracts and subcontracts.
(e) Current mentor protege agreements
Mentors and proteges with approved agreement in a program operating pursuant to subsection (b)(4)(C) shall be permitted to continue their relationship according to the terms specified in their agreement until the expiration date specified in the agreement.
(f) Submission of agency plans
Agencies operating mentor protege programs pursuant to subsection (b)(4)(C) shall submit the plans specified in subsection (b)(1)(A) to the Administrator within 6 months of the promulgation of rules required by subsection (b)(3). The Administrator shall provide initial comments on each plan within 60 days of receipt, and final approval or denial of each plan within 180 days after receipt.
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