H. R. 2780
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 6, 2017
Mr. Evans (for himself and Mr. Brat) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Small Business, and in addition to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned
To amend the Small Business Act to create certain requirements for Federal agencies with a SBIR or STTR program, and for other purposes.
Annual meeting for Federal agencies with a SBIR or STTR program
Section 9 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 638) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:
The head of each Federal agency required to have a program under this section (or a designee) and the Administrator (or a designee), shall meet annually to discuss methods—
to improve the collection of data under this section;
to improve the reporting of data to the Administrator under this section;
to make the application processes for programs under this section more efficient; and
to increase participation in the programs under this section.
Not later than 60 days after the date on which an annual meeting required under paragraph (1) is held, the Administrator shall submit to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship of the Senate and the Committee on Small Business and the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology of the House of Representatives, a report on the findings of such meeting and recommendations on how to implement changes to programs under this section.
Funding for annual meeting
Section 9(mm)(1) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 638(mm)(1)) is amended—
in subparagraph (I), by striking the
and at the end;
in subparagraph (J), by striking the period at the end and inserting
; and; and
by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:
the annual meeting required under subsection (tt).
Increasing participation of underserved populations in the SBIR and STTR programs
Section 9(mm)(2) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 638(mm)(2)) is amended to read as follows:
Outreach and technical assistance
A Federal agency participating in the program under this subsection shall use a portion of the funds authorized for uses under paragraph (1) to carry out the policy directive required under subsection (j)(2)(F) and to increase the participation of States with respect to which a low level of SBIR awards have historically been awarded.
Section 9(mm)(6) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 638(mm)(6)) is amended by striking
paragraph (2)(A) and any use of the waiver authority under paragraph (2)(B) and inserting