NDAA Veto Puts Small Business Programs in “Limbo”
Today, the House Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce met to examine the Mentor-Protégé programs administered by the Small Business Administration and the Department of Defense. Mentor-Protégé programs are designed to partner small businesses with established mentors in order to improve the protégé’s ability to win and successfully perform on contracts and subcontracts.
The President’s veto of the FY 16 National Defense Authorization Act has left the future of these small business programs in question. At the hearing, Subcommittee Chairman Richard Hanna said:
“Given the President’s veto of the FY16 NDAA, the future of the DoD Mentor-Protégé is in limbo. Congress must act to reauthorize the program, and as we do so, I hope we’ll consider making the appropriate reforms. Likewise, as SBA moves to finalize its rules on the government wide and civilian agency specific mentor-protégé agreements, I hope it will do so thoughtfully. I hope we are all agreed that a mentor protégé program must successfully and demonstrably benefit protégé companies and taxpayers by ensuring that these small companies are better able to compete for contracts when they exit the program."