Last month, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released results from its investigation into the effectiveness of the Department of Defense (DoD) Pilot Mentor-Protégé Program. In accordance with the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2016, GAO reviewed DoD's procedures for approving mentor-protégé agreements, its performance measures for the program, and the differences between its program and the new All Small Mentor Protégé Program established by the Small Business Administration (SBA).
Based on its findings, GAO recommended that DoD conduct periodic reviews of its mentor-protégé approvals, and that it establish performance goals and related measures to assess the program's success. As the only agency permitted to retain a mentor-protégé program separate from that of the SBA, and the only agency that receives federal funding ($28.3 million in 2016) to reimburse qualifying mentors, review and incorporation of GAO's recommendations are particularly important for the continuation of this "pilot" program.
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