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Step 1: Establish a Counterpart
Protégés are responsible for finding a mentor. DoD does not match mentors with protégés. Communication, compatibility and commitment are key to the formation of a successful partnership.
Step 2: Determine the Type of Agreement
There are two types of agreements: directly reimbursed or credit.
Step 3: Develop Agreement
An assessment of the needs of a protégé, which includes measurable milestones, is recommended prior to the development of an agreement. Developmental assistance should align with the protégé's strategic vision.
Step 4: Submit Agreement Proposal
Directly reimbursed agreement applications should be submitted to the defense agency’s Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP). A list of defense agencies that have MPPs is here.
Credit agreements should be submitted to the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA).
Step 5: Start Agreement
Credit agreements start on the date they are approved. Directly reimbursed agreements start on the date funds are obligated to the contract.
Step 6: Reporting and DCMA Review Requirements
Semi-annual reports, annual DCMA performance reviews and protégé two-year-out reports are required for each DoD MPP agreement. DCMA annual performance reviews are a major factor in determining the amount of reimbursement a mentor is eligible to receive in the remaining years of directly reimbursed agreements.
Step 7: Ask Questions
If you have any questions about the program process, protocol, requirements or benefits, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Detailed MPP briefings are available by appointment.
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