On December 15, the U.S. Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the Fiscal Year 2023 by an 83-11 vote. The annual legislation changes U.S. defense agencies’ policies and regulations and provides necessary guidance for how appropriations can be spent. It is frequently used to implement changes to federal procurement policy, and one of those changes this year is that Section 856 codifies the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP) – with some tweaks. Continue Reading DOD’s Mentor Protégé Program Drops “Pilot” From Title as the NDAA Codifies the Initiative
I authored an article published by Law360 discussing the recent reauthorization of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology (STTR) programs. Touted as “America’s Seed Fund,” these programs seek to foster a healthy environment for small business startups to innovate and provide a path to private-sector commercialization of new technologies.
Continue Reading New SBIR and STTR Programs that Promote Small Business Innovation
On September 30, President Biden signed the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Extension Act of 2022, reauthorizing the SBIR and STTR programs through September 30, 2025.
Continue Reading Register Now | SBIR/STTR Program Reauthorization – Changes Are Coming!
I am looking forward to presenting a panel titled “Mentor Protégé Step by Step for SBA and DoD” for the APTAC Fall 2022 Conference on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. EDT. The conference is taking place at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill on November 6-10, 2022. For more information, please click
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) is a historic investment in our nation’s roads, bridges, railways, airports and transportation systems. The bill appropriates $550 billion to physical infrastructure projects, requires stricter enforcement of the prompt payment rule for small businesses, and places a particular emphasis on the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program.
Continue Reading Proposed Rule for DBE Program Comes as Infrastructure Money Begins to Flow
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, touted as “America’s Seed Fund,” seek to foster a healthy environment for small business startups to innovate and provide a path to private-sector commercialization of new technologies.
Continue Reading SBIR Program Survives Programmatic Dissolution (With Some Changes)
I will present “SBA All Small Mentor Protégé Program Joint Ventures” for the Maryland Procurement Technical Assistance Center (Maryland PTAC). In this two-hour presentation, you will learn the ins and outs of the popular Mentor Protégé Program and get answers to these, and many more, questions.
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I recently authored an article for Law360 offering perspective on a proposed rule announced by the Small Business Administration (SBA) on July 6. The new rule will establish a government-wide certification process for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs) and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs) to be eligible for the federal contract set-aside programs, which were established in a 2004 executive order by President George W. Bush to increase participation of these groups in government contracting.
Continue Reading Challenges of New SBA Proposal for Veteran-Owned Small Business Government Contractors
The Department of Defense’s (DOD) Mentor-Protégé program (MPP) was designed to strengthen the capabilities of small businesses, increase their participation in the DOD contract pool, and contribute to “the diversity and vitality of the U.S. Defense Industrial Base (DIB).” Like the Small Business Administration’s MPP, the program pairs small businesses with larger contractors to develop mutually beneficial relationships. Established on November 5, 1990, the DOD’s MPP has been consistently reauthorized over the last 30 years, but only as a pilot. That could quickly change, as new recommendations from the Defense Business Board (DBB) seek to bring permanency and increase participation, understanding, and oversight.
Continue Reading DOD’s Mentor-Protégé Program May Be Getting a Facelift
On July 6, the SBA issued a proposed rule that would implement Section 862 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 establishing a government-wide certification process for Veteran Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs) and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs).
Continue Reading New Certification Process for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses