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TITLE IIó RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST, AND EVALUATION

 

House Conference Report 109-360

SEC. 252. RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS FOR PURPOSES OF SMALL BUSINESS RESEARCH.

    (a) In General- Section 9 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 638) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsections:

    `(x) Research and Development Focus-

      `(1) REVISION AND UPDATE OF CRITERIA AND PROCEDURES OF IDENTIFICATION- In carrying out subsection (g), the Secretary of Defense shall, not less often than once every 4 years, revise and update the criteria and procedures utilized to identify areas of the research and development efforts of the Department of Defense which are suitable for the provision of funds under the Small Business Innovation Research Program and the Small Business Technology Transfer Program.

      `(2) UTILIZATION OF PLANS- The criteria and procedures described in paragraph (1) shall be developed through the use of the most current versions of the following plans:

        `(A) The Joint Warfighting Science and Technology Plan required under section 270 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997 (Public Law 104-201; 10 U.S.C. 2501 note).

        `(B) The Defense Technology Area Plan of the Department of Defense.

        `(C) The Basic Research Plan of the Department of Defense.

      `(3) INPUT IN IDENTIFICATION OF AREAS OF EFFORT- The criteria and procedures described in paragraph (1) shall include input in the identification of areas of research and development efforts described in that paragraph from Department of Defense program managers (PMs) and program executive officers (PEOs).

    `(y) Commercialization Pilot Program-

      `(1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of each military department is authorized to create and administer a `Commercialization Pilot Program' to accelerate the transition of technologies, products, and services developed under the Small Business Innovation Research Program to Phase III, including the acquisition process.

      `(2) IDENTIFICATION OF RESEARCH PROGRAMS FOR ACCELERATED TRANSITION TO ACQUISITION PROCESS- In carrying out the Commercialization Pilot Program, the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of each military department shall identify research programs of the Small Business Innovation Research Program that have the potential for rapid transitioning to Phase III and into the acquisition process.

      `(3) LIMITATION- No research program may be identified under paragraph (2) unless the Secretary of the military department concerned certifies in writing that the successful transition of the program to Phase III and into the acquisition process is expected to meet high priority military requirements of such military department.

      `(4) FUNDING- For payment of expenses incurred to administer the Commercialization Pilot Program under this subsection, the Secretary of Defense and each Secretary of a military department is authorized to use not more than an amount equal to 1 percent of the funds available to the Department of Defense or the military department pursuant to the Small Business Innovation Research Program. Such funds--

        `(A) shall not be subject to the limitations on the use of funds in subsection (f)(2); and

        `(B) shall not be used to make Phase III awards.

      `(5) EVALUATIVE REPORT- At the end of each fiscal year, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship of the Senate and the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Small Business of the House of Representatives an evaluative report regarding activities under the Commercialization Pilot Program. The report shall include--

        `(A) an accounting of the funds used in the Commercialization Pilot Program;

        `(B) a detailed description of the Commercialization Pilot Program, including incentives and activities undertaken by acquisition program managers, program executive officers, and prime contractors; and

        `(C) a detailed compilation of results achieved by the Commercialization Pilot Program, including the number of small business concerns assisted and the number of projects commercialized.

      `(6) SUNSET- The pilot program under this subsection shall terminate at the end of fiscal year 2009.'.

    (b) Implementation of Executive Order No. 13329- Section 9 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 638), as amended by subsection (a), is further amended--

      (1) in subsection (b)--

        (A) in paragraph (6), by striking `and' at the end;

        (B) in paragraph (7), by striking the period at the end and inserting `; and'; and

        (C) by adding at the end the following:

      `(8) to provide for and fully implement the tenets of Executive Order No. 13329 (Encouraging Innovation in Manufacturing).';

      (2) in subsection (g)--

        (A) in paragraph (9), by striking `and' at the end;

        (B) in paragraph (10), by striking the period at the end and inserting `; and'; and

        (C) by adding at the end the following:

      `(11) provide for and fully implement the tenets of Executive Order No. 13329 (Encouraging Innovation in Manufacturing).'; and

      (3) in subsection (o)--

        (A) in paragraph (14), by striking `and' at the end;

        (B) in paragraph (15), by striking the period at the end and inserting `; and'; and

        (C) by adding at the end the following:

      `(16) provide for and fully implement the tenets of Executive Order No. 13329 (Encouraging Innovation in Manufacturing).'.

    (c) Testing and Evaluation Authority- Section 9(e) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 638(e)) is amended--

      (1) in paragraph (7), by striking `and' at the end;

      (2) in paragraph (8), by striking the period at the end and inserting `; and'; and

      (3) by adding at the end the following:

      `(9) the term `commercial applications' shall not be construed to exclude testing and evaluation of products, services, or technologies for use in technical or weapons systems, and further, awards for testing and evaluation of products, services, or technologies for use in technical or weapons systems may be made in either the second or the third phase of the Small Business Innovation Research Program and of the Small Business Technology Transfer Program, as defined in this subsection.'.

Research and development efforts for purposes of small business research (sec. 252)

The House bill contained a provision (sec. 223) that would establish a pilot program to expand the role of small business concerns in defense acquisition.

The Senate amendment contained a similar provision (sec. 814) that would revise criteria and procedures for identification of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) topic areas and establish a Commercialization Pilot Program to accelerate transition of SBIR programs into the acquisition process.

The House recedes with an amendment that would modify the reporting requirement of this provision.

Senate Report 109-069

Identification of areas of research and development effort for purposes of the Small Business Innovative Research program (sec. 814)

The committee recommends a provision that would require the Secretary of Defense to use criteria and procedures, updated at least every four years, in the most current version of the three primary science and technology strategic plans to identify areas of research and development for the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program. The three strategic plans are: the Joint Warfighting Science and Technology Plan, the Defense Technology Area Plan, and the Basic Research Plan. The provision would ensure participation in the SBIR research topic selection process by the immediate customers of defense research, the program managers, and program executive officers.

The provision would also require the secretaries of the military departments to identify successful SBIR Phase II programs for acceleration into Phase III and rapid transition into programs of record. All programs identified for rapid transition would first require a written certification from the Secretary of Defense that successful completion of the transition is expected to meet high priority military requirements.

The committee notes the importance of ensuring transition of successful SBIR projects into Department of Defense acquisition programs. Acquisition program managers across the Department of Defense should be encouraged to utilize the SBIR program in their planning, budgeting, and requirements process. The Department of Defense should take the steps necessary to improve data collection on transition of SBIR projects into Department of Defense acquisition programs, either directly or through integration into systems by the prime contractors. The committee believes the Department of Defense should encourage the National Research Council's ongoing study of the SBIR program to address the issue of technology transition and, to the extent possible, collect data on the rates of transition success for SBIR Phase II projects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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