Legal Questions Related to Implementation of the Small Business Innovation Development Act of 1982

B-209790-O.M.: Mar 12, 1985

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This document discusses questions regarding the assessment of the implementation of the Small Business Innovation Development Act of 1982, Pub. L. No. 97-219, 96 Stat. 217, which amended section 9 of the Small Business Act, 15 U.S.C. 638 Code 005707. The Act establishes a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program modeled after one established by the National Science Foundation. Agencies with extramural research or research and development (R&D) budgets over $100 million a year are required to reallocate a percentage of these budgets to fund the SBIR programs. Additionally, there is a separate requirement for agencies with budgets for research or R&D of over $20 million a year. They must establish goals for small business awards based on the preceding year's awards to small business. Questions include issues pertaining to the budget figures, agencies pooling funds into a common account, provisions in the legislation, and authorization of the SBA to promulgate regulations for goaling as well as for SBIR programs.