H.R. 408 would direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish a program for mentor firms to enter into agreements with protégé firms to help them compete for direct contracts and subcontracts with DHS. Large businesses that contract with DHS could apply to be mentor firms, while small businesses, historically black college or universities, or minority institutions of higher education could apply to be protégé firms.
DHS is currently carrying out activities similar to those required by this act, and any new activities required under the legislation would not necessitate substantial action by the department. Thus, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 408 would not have a significant cost; any spending would be subject to the availability of appropriated funds.