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APPENDIX D to Part 26--Mentor-Protege Program Guidelines
(A) The purpose of this program element is to further the
development of DBEs, including but not limited to assisting them to
move into non-traditional areas of work and/or compete in the
marketplace outside the DBE program, via the provision of training
and assistance from other firms. To operate a mentor-protege
program, a recipient must obtain the approval of the concerned
(B)(1) Any mentor-protege relationship shall be based on a
written development plan, approved by the recipient, which clearly
sets forth the objectives of the parties and their respective roles,
the duration of the arrangement and the services and resources to be
provided by the mentor to the protege. The formal mentor-protege
agreement may set a fee schedule to cover the direct and indirect
cost for such services rendered by the mentor for specific training
and assistance to the protege through the life of the agreement.
Services provided by the mentor may be reimbursable under the FTA,
FHWA, and FAA programs.
(2) To be eligible for reimbursement, the mentor's services
provided and associated costs must be directly attributable and
properly allowable to specific individual contracts. The recipient
may establish a line item for the mentor to quote the portion of the
fee schedule expected to be provided during the life of the
contract. The amount claimed shall be verified by the recipient and
paid on an incremental basis representing the time the protege is
working on the contract. The total individual contract figures
accumulated over the life of the agreement shall not exceed the
amount stipulated in the original mentor/protege agreement.
(C) DBEs involved in a mentor-protege agreement must be
independent business entities which meet the requirements for
certification as defined in subpart D of this part. A protege firm
must be certified before it begins participation in a mentor-protege
arrangement. If the recipient chooses to recognize mentor/protege
agreements, it should establish formal general program guidelines.
These guidelines must be submitted to the operating administration
for approval prior to the recipient executing an individual
contractor/ subcontractor mentor-protege agreement.
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