Proposed STTR Policy Directive 2003
Section 2 - Summary of Legislative Provisions
2. Summary of Legislative Provisions
(a) The Small Business Technology Transfer Program Reauthorization Act of 2001, Public Law 107-50, amended section 9 of the Act (15 U.S.C. 638).
(1) The amendments:(b) Each Federal agency with an extramural budget for R/R&D in excess of $1,000,000,000 must participate in the STTR Program.
(c) The statutory requirements establish a uniform, simplified process for the operation of the STTR Program while allowing the STTR agencies flexibility in the operation of their individual STTR Program. This Policy Directive fulfills the Congressional intent to minimize regulatory burden in the conduct of this program.
(d) Each STTR agency must establish an STTR Program by reserving, through September 30, 2003, not less than 0.15 percent of its extramural budget, and beginning October 1, 2003, reserving not less than 0.3 percent of such budget, for awards to SBCs for cooperative R/ R&D through the following uniform, three-phase process:
(1) Phases I and II: These phases help STTR agencies meet R/R&D and commercialization objectives through funding agreements.(e) The Act directs each STTR agency to report annually to SBA. The Act also requires SBA to obtain annual reports and monitor each agency's STTR Program and to report these findings annually to the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship and to the House Committees on Science and Small Business.
(f) The competition requirements of the Armed Services Procurement Act of 1947 (10 U.S.C. 2302 et seq.) and the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 (41 U.S.C. 251 et seq.) must be read in conjunction with the procurement notice publication requirements of section 8(e) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 637(e)). The following notice publication requirements of section 8(e) of the Small Business Act apply to STTR agencies using contracts as a STTR funding agreement:
(1) Any Federal executive agency intending to solicit a proposal to contract for property or services valued above $25,000 must transmit a notice of the impending solicitation to the government-wide point of entry (GPE) for access by interested sources. See FAR 5.201. The GPE, located at http://www.fedbizopps.gov, is the single point where government business opportunities greater than $25,000, including synopses of proposed contract actions, solicitations, and associated information, can be accessed electronically by the public. In addition, no agency must issue its solicitation for at least 15 days from the date of the publication of the GPE. The agency may not establish a deadline for submission of proposals in response to a solicitation earlier than 30 days after the date on which the solicitation was issued.(i) In the case of agencies intending to solicit Phase I proposals for contracts in excess of $25,000, the head of the agency may exempt a particular solicitation from the notice publication requirements if that official makes a written determination, after consulting with the Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy and the SBA Administrator, that it is inappropriate or unreasonable to publish a notice before issuing a solicitation.