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SA 297. Ms. SNOWE 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:

On page 89, strike line 18 and all that follows through page 91, line 6, and insert the following:
"(A) continue the most recent study under this section relating to the issues described in subparagraphs (A), (B), (C), and (E) of subsection (a)(1), except that, for purposes of this subparagraph, subparagraphs (A), (B), (C), and (E) of subsection (a)(1) shall be applied by substituting `SBIR program and STTR program' for `SBIR program' each place it appears;
"(B) evaluate, for the STTR program--
"(i) the partnerships created between small businesses and research institutions, including the number of new partnerships created, the effectiveness of partnerships in achieving technical objectives of research projects and the degree of difficulty or ease in negotiating details of cooperative research agreements, including issues relating to intellectual property rights; and
"(ii) the effectiveness of the program at transferring technology and capabilities developed by Federal funding from research institutions to small business concerns;
"(C) study the effectiveness of the government and public databases described in section 9(k) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 638(k)) in reducing vulnerabilities of the SBIR program and the STTR program to fraud, waste, and abuse, particularly with respect to Federal agencies funding duplicative proposals and business concerns falsifying information in proposals;
"(D) estimate, to the extent practicable, the number of jobs created by the SBIR programs and STTR programs of the agencies; and
"(E) make recommendations with respect to the issues described in subparagraphs (B) and (C) of this subparagraph and subparagraphs (A), (D), and (E) of subsection (a)(2), except that, for purposes of this subparagraph, subparagraphs (A), (D), and (E) of subsection (a)(2) shall be applied by substituting `SBIR program and STTR program' for `SBIR program' each place it appears.
"(2) CONSULTATION.--An agreement under paragraph (1) shall require the National Research Council to ensure there is participation by and consultation with the small business community, the Administration, and other interested parties as described in subsection (b).
"(3) REPORTING.--An agreement under paragraph (1) shall require that not later than 4 years after the date of enactment of the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011, and every 4 years thereafter, the National Research Council shall submit to the head of each agency entering into the agreement, the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship of the Senate and the Committee on Small Business and the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology of the House of Representatives a report
regarding the study conducted under paragraph (1) that contains the recommendations described in paragraph (1).".


(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Apr 14, 2011.)