CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.R. 2965 is expected to be considered under a structured rule on July 8, 2009, making the following amendments in order. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA) on June 19, 2009. The bill was ordered to be reported, as amended, by the Committee on Small Business by a vote of 22-0 on June 26, 2009.
1) Rep. Velazquez (D-NY) Manager's Amendment: Requires the SBA Administrator to establish a program to make grants to minority institutions that partner with nonprofit organizations for the purpose of increasing the number of SBIR and STTR program applications by minority-owned small businesses, and authorizes $4 million per year for Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011 for this program.
Requires federal agencies to give priority to applications from geographic areas determined by the SBA Administrator to have "lost a major source of employment" when making awards.
Requires agencies to also give priority to applications from small businesses owned and controlled by veterans. Provides that a small business controlled and owned by veterans may receive an award of $300,000 in Phase I of SBIR ($250,000 in the underlying bill) and $2.25 million in Phase II ($2 million in the underlying bill).
Requires that federal agencies with an SBIR program jointly issue a solicitation that requests proposals for improving the efficiency of water delivery systems and usage patterns in the U.S. and its territories through technology.
Expands outreach and support activities to Native American-owned small businesses, prioritizes SBIR outreach and support activities for areas with high unemployment, and gives preference to SBIR and STTR award applications submitted by small businesses located in areas with high unemployment.
2) Rep. Brown-Waite (R-FL): Requires GAO to report to Congress on the effect that the venture capital ownership restrictions in the underlying bill (venture capital operating companies investment in small businesses) have on eligibility and participation under this Act.
3) Rep. Kosmas (D-FL): Requires commercialization programs established by agencies with space shuttle-related activities to include efforts to help small businesses affected by the termination of the space shuttle program commercialize technologies through SBIR.
4) Reps. Reichert (R-WA) and Adam Smith (D-WA): Gives preference to organizations that are located in underrepresented states and regions, or are women, service-disabled veterans- or minority-owned when awarding grants for SBA outreach efforts authorized in the bill.
5) Rep. Paulsen (R-MN): Would add "medical technology" to the list of topics that deserve special consideration as SBIR research topics.