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SA 262. Mr. BENNET 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. __X. MARKET RESEARCH TO IDENTIFY QUALIFIED RECIPIENTS OF AWARDS UNDER THE SBIR OR STTR PROGRAM.
Section 15 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 644) is amended by adding at the end the following:
"(s) SBIR and STTR Awardees.--
"(1) DEFINITIONS.--For purposes of this subsection--
"(A) the term `covered contract' means a contract to perform research, development, or production that has an expected annual value that is more than $150,000 and not more than $25,000,000;
"(B) the term `recipient of an award under an SBIR program or STTR program' includes a team of small business concerns that received an award under an SBIR program or STTR program; and
"(C) the terms `SBIR program' and `STTR program' have the meanings given those terms under section 9.
"(2) MARKET RESEARCH.--Before a contracting officer for a Federal agency issues a request for proposals relating to a covered contract, the contracting officer shall perform market research to determine whether a recipient of an award under the SBIR program or STTR program is qualified to perform the covered contract using technology developed using the award.
"(3) FULL AND FAIR CONSIDERATION.--If a contracting officer for a Federal agency identifies a recipient described in paragraph (2) after performing market research under paragraph (2), the contracting officer shall ensure that the recipient is given full and fair consideration in the award of the covered contract.".


(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Mar 29, 2011.)