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SA 190. Mr. PRYOR submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill S. 493, to reauthorize and improve the SBIR and STTR programs, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

At the end, add the following:
SEC. __. PROVIDING EXPLANATIONS TO UNSUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS.
Section 9 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 638), as amended by this Act, is amended by adding at the end the following:
"(nn) Providing Explanations to Unsuccessful Applicants.--Each Federal agency required to carry out an SBIR program or STTR program shall--
"(1) include in each solicitation relating to a contract awarded under the SBIR program or STTR program a notice in plain language stating that a small business concern that responds to the solicitation and is not awarded the contract may request from the Federal agency an explanation of the reasons the small business concern was not awarded the contract; and
"(2) upon request, provide to a small business concern an explanation of the reasons the small business concern was not awarded a contract under the SBIR program or STTR program.".


(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Mar 15, 2011.)