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SA 233. Mr. MERKLEY 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 follow:

On page 27, line 21, strike the quotation marks and the second period and insert the following:
"(5) PREFERENCE FOR PHASE III AWARDS.--To the greatest extent practicable, in making Phase III awards, Federal agencies and Federal prime contractors shall give preference to applicants that will carry out projects in the United States.".
On page 49, line 16, strike "and".
On page 49, between lines 18 and 19, insert the following:
(C) in subparagraph (C), by striking "and" at the end;
(D) in subparagraph (D), by striking the period at the end and inserting "; and"; and
(E) by adding at the end the following:
"(E) developing, manufacturing, and commercializing in the United States new commercial products and processes resulting from such projects.";
On page 54, line 4, strike the quotation marks and the second period and insert the following:
"(7) INCENTIVES FOR DOMESTIC TESTING AND PRODUCTION.--In carrying out the Commercialization Readiness Program, the Secretary of Defense shall give preference to research programs that--
"(A) test products or services in the United States; and
"(B) would allow the Department of Defense to fulfill the requirements under chapter 83 of title 41, United States Code (commonly referred to as the `Buy American Act').".
On page 56, between lines 15 and 16, insert the following:
"(5) INCREASING DOMESTIC CAPABILITIES.--In carrying out a pilot program, the head of a covered Federal agency shall give preference to applicants that intend to test, develop, manufacture or commercialize a product or service in the United States.
On page 56, line 16, strike "(5)" and insert "(6)".
On page 57, line 1, strike "(6)" and insert "(7)".
On page 57, line 4, strike "(7)" and insert "(8)".
On page 60, line 7, after "processes," insert the following: "giving preference to research conducted in the United States,".
On page 91, line 20, strike "and" at the end.
On page 91, strike line 22 and insert the following:
award; and
"(4) whether the small business concern or individual receiving the Phase III award is developing, testing, producing, or manufacturing the product or service that is the subject of the Phase III award in the United States.".
On page 105, line 2, strike "and".
On page 105, between lines 6 and 7, insert the following:
(C) ways for Federal agencies to create incentives for recipients of awards under the SBIR program and the STTR program to carry out research, development, testing, production, manufacturing, and commercialization in the United States; and

On page 107, between lines 10 and 11, insert the following:
SEC. 316. GAO STUDY AND REPORT ON DOMESTIC PRODUCTION, MANUFACTURING, AND COMMERCIALIZATION.
(a) Study.--Not later than 3 years after the date of enactment of this Act, and every 3 years thereafter, the Comptroller General of the United States shall--
(1) conduct a study that--
(A) determines the amount of production, manufacturing, and commercialization in the United States that resulted from awards under the SBIR and STTR programs during the applicable period; and
(B) estimates the number of jobs created as a result of awards under the SBIR and STTR programs during the applicable period; and
(2) submit a report to Congress that contains the results of the study under paragraph (1), together with recommendations, if any, for how to use the SBIR and STTR programs to increase production, manufacturing, and commercialization in the United States.
(b) Applicable Period.--In this section, the term "applicable period" means, for each report submitted under paragraph (2), the 3-year period ending on the date that is 30 days before the date of the report.
On page 115, line 8, insert after "programs" the following: ", including the impact on production and manufacturing in the United States".


SA 234. Ms. LANDRIEU (for herself and Mr. Kerry) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by her 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:
TITLE VI--SMALL BUSINESS BROADBAND AND EMERGING INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ENHANCEMENTS


SEC. 601. BROADBAND AND EMERGING INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY COORDINATOR.
(a) In General.--The Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 631 et seq.) is amended--
(1) by redesignating section 45 as section 46; and
(2) by inserting after section 44 the following:
"SEC. 45. BROADBAND AND EMERGING INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY.
"(a) Definition.--In this section, the term `broadband and emerging information technology coordinator' means the individual assigned the broadband and emerging information technology coordination responsibilities of the Administration under subsection (b)(1).
"(b) Assignment of Coordinator.--
"(1) ASSIGNMENT OF COORDINATOR.--The Administrator shall assign responsibility for coordinating the programs and activities of the Administration relating to broadband and emerging information technology to an individual who--
"(A) shall report directly to the Administrator;
"(B) shall work in coordination with--
"(i) the chief information officer, the chief technology officer, and the head of the Office of Technology of the Administration; and
"(ii) any Associate Administrator of the Administration determined appropriate by the Administrator;
"(C) has experience developing and implementing telecommunications policy in the private sector or government; and
"(D) has demonstrated significant experience in the area of broadband or emerging information technology.
"(2) RESPONSIBILITIES OF COORDINATOR.--The broadband and emerging information technology coordinator shall--
"(A) coordinate programs of the Administration that assist small business concerns in adopting, making innovations in, and using broadband and other emerging information technologies;
"(B) serve as the primary liaison of the Administration to other Federal agencies involved in broadband and emerging information technology policy, including the Department of Commerce, the Department of Agriculture, and the Federal Communications Commission; and
"(C) identify best practices relating to broadband and emerging information technology that may benefit small business concerns.
"(3) TRAVEL.--Not more than 20 percent of the hours of service by the broadband and emerging information technology coordinator during any fiscal year shall consist of travel outside the United States to perform official duties.
"(c) Broadband and Emerging Technology Training.--
"(1) TRAINING.--The Administrator shall provide to employees of the Administration training that--
"(A) familiarizes employees of the Administration with broadband and other emerging information technologies; and
"(B) includes--
"(i) instruction counseling small business concerns regarding adopting, making innovations in, and using broadband and other emerging information technologies; and
"(ii) information on programs of the Federal Government that provide assistance to small business concerns relating to broadband and emerging information technologies.
"(2) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.--There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to carry out this subsection.
"(d) Reports.--
"(1) BIENNIAL REPORT ON ACTIVITIES.--Not later than 2 years after the date on which the Administrator makes the first assignment of responsibilities under subsection (b), and every 2 years thereafter, the broadband and emerging information technology coordinator shall submit to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship of the Senate and the Committee on Small Business of the House of Representatives a report regarding the programs and activities of the Administration relating
to broadband and other emerging information technologies.
"(2) REPORT ON FEDERAL PROGRAMS.--Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011, the broadband and emerging information technology coordinator, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture, the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, and the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, shall submit to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship of the Senate and the Committee on Small Business
of the House of Representatives a report on the programs of the Federal Government that provide assistance to small business concerns relating to broadband and emerging information technologies, which shall include recommendations, if any, for improving coordination among the programs.".
(b) Elimination of Vacant Position Required.--
(1) ELIMINATION.--Before assigning the first broadband and emerging technologies coordinator under section 45 of the Small Business Act, as added by subsection (a) of this section, the Administrator shall--
(A) identify a position within the Administration that is--
(i) vacant on the date of enactment of this Act; and
(ii) required to be filled by an employee in the Senior Executive Service or at GS-15 of the General Schedule; and
(B) eliminate the position identified under subparagraph (A).
(2) RESTRICTION.--For purposes of paragraph (1), the Administrator may not eliminate a position established by the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 631 et seq.), the Small Business Investment Act 1958 (15 U.S.C. 661 et seq.), or any other Federal statute.
(c) Technical and Conforming Amendments.--
(1) IN GENERAL.--The amendments made by section 205(b) shall have no force or effect.
(2) PROSPECTIVE REPEAL OF ACCELERATING CURES PILOT PROGRAM.--Effective 5 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 631 et seq.) is amended--
(A) by striking section 43, as added by section 205(a); and
(B) by redesignating sections 44, 45 (as added by subsection (a)), and 46 (as redesignated by subsection (a)) as sections 43, 44, and 45, respectively.
SEC. 602. ENTREPRENEURIAL DEVELOPMENT.
Section 21(c)(3)(B) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 648(c)(3)(B)) is amended--
(1) in the matter preceding clause (i), by inserting "accessing broadband and other emerging information technology," after "technology transfer,";
(2) in clause (ii), by striking "and" at the end;
(3) in clause (iii), by adding "and" at the end; and
(4) by adding at the end the following:
"(iv) increasing the competitiveness and productivity of small business concerns by assisting entrepreneurs in accessing broadband and other emerging information technology;".
SEC. 603. CAPITAL ACCESS.
(a) In General.--Section 7(a) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 636(a)) is amended in the matter preceding paragraph (1) by inserting "(including to purchase equipment for broadband or other emerging information technologies)" after "equipment".
(b) Microloans.--Section 7(m)(1)(A)(iii)(I) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 636(m)(1)(A)(iii)(I)) is amended by inserting "(including to purchase equipment for broadband or other emerging information technologies)" after "or equipment".
SEC. 604. REPORT TO CONGRESS.
(a) In General.--Not later than 45 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator, in consultation with the Administrator of General Services, shall submit to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship of the Senate and the Committee on Small Business of the House of Representatives a report on ways to assist with the development of broadband and wireless technology that would benefit small business concerns.
(b) Content of the Report.--The report submitted under subsection (a) shall--
(1) outline the participation by the Administration in the National Antenna Program, including the number of wireless towers deployed on facilities which contain an office of the Administration;
(2) information on agreements between the Administration and the General Services Administration related to broadband and wireless deployment in offices of the Administration; and
(3) recommendations, if any, on opportunities for the Administration to improve broadband or wireless technology in offices of the Administration that are in areas currently underserved or unserved by broadband service providers.


(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Mar 16, 2011.)