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SBIR/STTR Programs extended to November 18th

October 5, 2011 / Ed Jameson / Blog Posts
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From the Small Business Technology Council Newsletter on Wednesday 10/5/2011

SBIR/STTR Programs Extended to November 18

This morning the President signed into law HR 2608: The Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012.  Included in the law was a provision that extends the SBIR and STTR programs for approximately 45 days, until November 18, 2011.  This is the 12th continuing resolution since the last authorization period ended 3 years ago, and it is the shortest continuing resolution.  The House and the Senate are still negotiating terms of a compromise reauthorization bill, and obviously the goal is to get a bill passed before the November 18 deadline, but with the two sides so far apart, we could just as likely be looking at another CR when November 18 rolls around.

Urge Your Congressman to Sign the Markey, Tsongas, & Welch Letter

In the meantime, Reps Markey, Tsongas, and Welch have drafted a Dear Colleague letter to House Small Business Committee Chairman Graves and Ranking Member Velazquez asking them to amend the language in HR 1425 to fix some of the problems with that bill, including increasing the allocation to 3.5%, eliminating the section that would limit the number of awards a company could win, and eliminating the section that would allow agencies to bypass Phase I.  So far the letter has at least 21 signatures, namely Representatives Welch, Markey, Tsongas, DeLauro, McKinley, Capps, Richardson, Courtney, Speier, Polis, Tierney, Keating, Tonko, Farr, Langevin, Hinojosa, Murphy, Davis, Posey, Manzullo, and Cicilline.  Of course we would like to get more signatures on the letter, so please send this letter to your Representatives and urge them to sign on: Markey Tsongas & Welch SBIR Letter.


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I’ve been in practice for over 40 years helping our small business clients procure, manage, and survive audits on more than $6 billion in federal government contract and grant funding. We’ve been featured presenters and panel moderators at Tech Connect’s National SBIR/STTR conferences since 2010, and I’ve presented at the DOD’s Mentor Protégé Summit and present regularly for several state and local organizations.