IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
June 27, 2019
Mr. Coons (for himself, Mr. Risch, Mr. Gardner, and Ms. Smith) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
To amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to require the establishment of a small business voucher program, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Small Businesses Partnering with National Labs Act of 2019.
Small business advocacy and assistance
Section 1003 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 16393) is amended—
in subsection (a)—
in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by striking
, and may require the Director of a single-purpose research facility, and inserting
(as defined in section 2) and the Director of each single-purpose research facility;
in paragraph (1)—
increase and inserting
collaborative research, and inserting
research, development, demonstration, and commercial application activities, including product development,;
in paragraph (2), by striking
procurement and collaborative research and inserting
the activities described in paragraph (1);
in paragraph (3)—
procurement and collaborative research activities and inserting
the activities described in paragraph (1); and
in paragraph (5), by striking
for the program under subsection (b) and inserting
and metrics for the programs under subsections (b) and (c);
by redesignating subsections (c) and (d) as subsections (d) and (e), respectively;
by inserting after subsection (b) the following:
Small business voucher program
In this subsection:
The term Director means—
the Director of each National Laboratory; and
the Director of each single-purpose research facility.
The term National Laboratory has the meaning given the term in section 2.
The term program means the program established under paragraph (2).
The Secretary, working with the Office of Technology Transitions and the Technology Transfer Coordinator appointed under section 1001(a), and in consultation with the Directors, shall establish a program to provide small business concerns with vouchers under paragraph (3)—
to achieve the goal described in subsection (a)(1); and
to improve the products, services, and capabilities of small business concerns in the mission space of the Department.
Under the program, the Directors are authorized to provide to small business concerns vouchers to be used at National Laboratories and single-purpose research facilities for—
research, development, demonstration, technology transfer, or commercial application activities; or
any other activities that the applicable Director determines appropriate.
The Secretary, working with the Directors, shall establish a streamlined approval process for expedited contracting between—
small business concerns selected to receive a voucher under the program; and
the National Laboratories and single-purpose research facilities.
The Secretary shall determine the appropriate decisionmaking authority at the National Laboratories and single-purpose research facilities with respect to the expedited contracting described in subparagraph (A).
In carrying out the program, the Secretary shall require cost-sharing in accordance with section 988.
in subsection (e) (as so redesignated), by striking
$5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2006 through 2008 and inserting
$25,000,000 for fiscal year 2019 and each fiscal year thereafter.
Increase and streamline recovery of unclaimed assets owed to the United States
Section 3711 of title 31, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
The Secretary of the Treasury (referred to in this subsection as the
Secretary) may locate and recover unclaimed assets of the United States Government on behalf of any executive, judicial, or legislative agency in accordance with such procedures as the Secretary considers appropriate.
Notwithstanding any other provision of law concerning the depositing or collection of Federal payments, including section 3302(b), the Secretary may retain a portion of the amounts recovered under this subsection to cover the administrative and operational costs of the Secretary associated with locating and recovering assets of the United States Government.