October 10, 2000
H.R. 2392 - Reauthorization of Small Business
The Administration strongly supports reauthorization of the programs of the
Small Business Administration (SBA) and has no objection to House concurrence in
the Senate amendment to the House amendment to H.R. 2392.
Administration (SBA) Programs
(Rep. Talent (R) Missouri and 4 cosponsors)
The Administration is pleased that the Senate amendment includes language
authorizing the Native American Small Business Development Center, improvements
to the Microloan Program, and the extensions of the sunset for the
co-sponsorship and the Small Business Development Center Drug Free Workplace
Grant programs. The Administration would oppose any amendment to delete
provisions that reauthorize or extend SBA programs, or that provide for
improvements in the Microloan Program. The Administration would also oppose any
amendment that would decrease the access of Native Americans to SBA programs
afforded by the Senate amendment.
The Administration appreciates the inclusion of language in the Senate amendment
that specifically authorizes the establishment of Native American Small Business
Development Centers (SBDCs). Native American SBDCs would be funded with
specific funds within the amount appropriated for the SBDC program and would
operate with the assistance and support of the existing SBDC network. The
creation of these new Native American Small Business Development Centers is a
good first step, and SBA will report back on ways that Native American Small
Business Development Centers can be more fully integrated into the existing
Small Business Development network. The Administrator would also have the
authority, if in the best interests of the program, to waive the matching funds
requirements for such centers when financial circumstances warrant.
The Administration will also work with Congress to make the following changes to
- Delete language in Title I which could permit participants in the Small
Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to rely solely on Federal
funding, rather than being required to develop non-Federal interest and
applications for their projects, as is currently the case.
- Assure that only constitutionally eligible Federal officials are authorized
to make grants and enter into cooperative agreements under the Federal and
State Technology Partnership ("FAST") Program referred to in Title I, and
clarify that the program will be funded only by appropriations to the Small
- Delete language in Title I that would inappropriately blend two programs
with distinctly different missions (the SBIR program and the Experimental
Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) programs).