The procedures for application, acceptance, and participation in the Program are in APPENDIX I —POLICY AND PROCEDURES FOR THE DOD PILOT MENTOR-PROTEGE PROGRAM , Policy and Procedures for the DoD Pilot Mentor-Protege Program. The Director, SBP, of each military department or defense agency has the authority to approve contractors as mentor firms, approve mentor-protege agreements, and forward approved mentor-protege agreements to the contracting officer when funding is available.