H. R. 4515
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
November 3, 2021
Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
To amend the Small Business Act to require cyber certification for small business development center counselors, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Small Business Development Center Cyber Training Act of 2021.
Duties of small business development center counselors
Section 21 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 648) is amended by adding at the end the following:
Cyber strategy training for small business development centers
In this subsection—
the term cyber strategy means resources and tactics to assist in planning for cybersecurity and defending against cyber risks and cyber attacks; and
the term lead small business development center means a small business development center that has received a grant from the Administration.
The Administrator shall establish a cyber counseling certification program, or approve a similar existing program, to certify the employees of lead small business development centers to provide cyber planning assistance to small business concerns.
Number of certified employees
The Administrator shall ensure that the number of employees of each lead small business development center who are certified in providing cyber planning assistance under this subsection is not fewer than the lesser of—
10 percent of the total number of employees of the lead small business development center.
Consideration of Small Business Development Center Cyber Strategy
In carrying out this subsection, the Administrator, to the extent practicable, shall consider any cyber strategy methods included in the Small Business Development Center Cyber Strategy developed under section 1841(a) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (Public Law 114–328; 130 Stat. 2662).
Reimbursement for certification
Subject to the availability of appropriations and subparagraph (B), the Administrator shall reimburse a lead small business development center for costs relating to the certification of an employee of the lead small business development center under the program established under paragraph (2).
The total amount reimbursed by the Administrator under subparagraph (A) may not exceed $350,000 in any fiscal year.
Passed the House of Representatives November 2, 2021.
Cheryl L. Johnson,