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S. 1849 (117th): Leadership in Global Tech Standards Act of 2021

The text of the bill below is as of May 26, 2021 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.



1st Session

S. 1849


May 26, 2021

(for himself and Mr. Bennet) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship


To establish a program to support the participation of small businesses in meetings and proceedings of international standards organizations, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Leadership in Global Tech Standards Act of 2021.


Support for industry participation in international standards organizations



In this section:



The term Administrator means the Administrator of the Small Business Administration.


Artificial intelligence

The term artificial intelligence has the meaning given the term in section 238(g) of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (10 U.S.C. 2358 note).


Covered entity

The term covered entity means a small business concern that is incorporated and maintains a primary place of business in the United States.


Small business concern

The term small business concern has the meaning given the term in section 3 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632).



Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall establish a program to support participation by covered entities in meetings and proceedings of standards development organizations in the development of voluntary technical standards.



In carrying out the program established under subsection (b), the Administrator shall award competitive, merit-reviewed grants to covered entities to cover the reasonable costs, up to a specified ceiling, of participation of employees of those covered entities in meetings and proceedings of standards development organizations, including—


regularly attending meetings;


contributing expertise and research;


proposing new work items; and


volunteering for leadership roles such as a convener or editor.


Award criteria

The Administrator may only provide a grant under this section to a covered entity that—


demonstrates deep technical expertise in key emerging technologies and technical standards, including artificial intelligence and related technologies;


commits personnel with such expertise to regular participation in international bodies responsible for developing standards for such technologies over the period of the grant; and


agrees to participate in efforts to coordinate between the Federal Government and industry to ensure protection of national security interests in the setting of international standards.


No matching contribution

A recipient of an award under this section shall not be required to provide a matching contribution.



In making awards under this section, the Administrator shall coordinate with the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, who shall provide support in the assessment of technical expertise in emerging technologies and standards setting needs.


Authorization of appropriation

There is authorized to be appropriated for fiscal year 2022 and each fiscal year thereafter $1,000,000 to carry out the program established under this section.