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                                                 Union Calendar No. 120

106th CONGRESS

  1st Session

                               H. R. 1568

                      [Report No. 106-206, Part I]

_______________________________________________________________________

                                 A BILL

To provide technical, financial, and procurement assistance to veteran 
            owned small businesses, and for other purposes.

_______________________________________________________________________

                             June 29, 1999

    Reported from the Committee on Small Business with an amendment

                             June 29, 1999

 Referral to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs extended for a period 
                  ending not later than June 29, 1999

                             June 29, 1999

    The Committee on Veterans' Affairs discharged; committed to the 
 Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to 
                               be printed





                                                 Union Calendar No. 120
106th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                H. R. 1568

                      [Report No. 106-206, Part I]

To provide technical, financial, and procurement assistance to veteran 
            owned small businesses, and for other purposes.


_______________________________________________________________________


                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                             April 27, 1999

  Mr. Talent (for himself, Mr. Stump, Mrs. McCarthy of New York, Mr. 
  Evans, Mr. Quinn, Mr. Phelps, Mr. Moran of Kansas, Mr. Filner, Mr. 
  Bartlett of Maryland, Mrs. Kelly, and Mr. Pascrell) introduced the 
following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Small Business, 
and in addition to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, for a period to 
      be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for 
consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the 
                          committee concerned

                             June 29, 1999

  Additional sponsors: Ms. Brown of Florida, Mr. Romero-Barcelo, Mrs. 
Christensen, Mr. Leach, Mr. Shows, Ms. Millender-McDonald, Mr. Spence, 
  Ms. Woolsey, Mr. Ewing, Mrs. Thurman, Mrs. Emerson, Ms. Carson, Mr. 
Frost, Ms. Danner, Mr. English, Mr. Rahall, Mr. Gutierrez, Mr. Stupak, 
   Mr. Lipinski, Ms. Berkley, Mr. Cook, Mrs. Bono, Mr. Sweeney, Mr. 
LoBiondo, Mr. Smith of Washington, Mr. Engel, Mr. Cooksey, Mr. Brown of 
  Ohio, Mr. Bishop, Mr. Reyes, Mr. Sanders, Mr. Buyer, Mr. Baker, Mr. 
LaHood, Mr. Peterson of Minnesota, Mr. Pastor, Mr. Green of Texas, Mr. 
 Combest, Mr. Cummings, Mrs. Myrick, Mr. Forbes, Mr. Hill of Montana, 
Mr. Dooley of California, Mr. DeMint, Mrs. Napolitano, Mr. Sandlin, Mr. 
 Lewis of California, Mr. Lazio, Mr. Lampson, Mrs. Morella, Ms. Eddie 
 Bernice Johnson of Texas, Mr. Hulshof, Ms. Kaptur, Mr. Hayworth, Ms. 
                   Lee, Mr. Hunter, and Mr. Underwood

                             June 29, 1999

    Reported from the Committee on Small Business with an amendment
 [Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed 
                               in italic]

                             June 29, 1999

 Referral to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs extended for a period 
                  ending not later than June 29, 1999

                             June 29, 1999

    The Committee on Veterans' Affairs discharged; committed to the 
 Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to 
                               be printed
 [For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on April 
                               27, 1999]

_______________________________________________________________________

                                 A BILL


 
To provide technical, financial, and procurement assistance to veteran 
            owned small businesses, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Veterans Entrepreneurship and Small 
Business Development Act of 1999''.

SEC. 2. TABLE OF CONTENTS.

Sec. 1. Short title.
Sec. 2. Table of contents.

                      TITLE I--GENERAL PROVISIONS

Sec. 101. Findings.
Sec. 102. Purpose.
Sec. 103. Definitions.

                TITLE II--VETERANS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Sec. 201. Veterans business development in the Small Business 
                            Administration.
Sec. 202. National Veterans Business Development Corporation.
Sec. 203. Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs.

                    TITLE III--TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

Sec. 301. SCORE program.
Sec. 302. Entrepreneurial assistance.
Sec. 303. Business development and management assistance for military 
                            reservists' small businesses.

                     TITLE IV--FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Sec. 401. General business loan program.
Sec. 402. Assistance to active duty military reservists.
Sec. 403. Microloan program.
Sec. 404. Delta loan program.
Sec. 405. State development company program.

                    TITLE V--PROCUREMENT ASSISTANCE

Sec. 501. Subcontracting.
Sec. 502. Participation in Federal procurement.

                 TITLE VI--REPORTS AND DATA COLLECTION

Sec. 601. Reporting requirements.
Sec. 602. Report on small business and competition.
Sec. 603. Annual report of the Administrator.
Sec. 604. Data and information collection.

                  TITLE VII--MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

Sec. 701. Administrator's order.
Sec. 702. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy.
Sec. 703. Study of fixed-asset small business loans.

                      TITLE I--GENERAL PROVISIONS

SEC. 101. FINDINGS.

    Congress finds the following:
            (1) Veterans of the United States Armed Forces have been 
        and continue to be vital to the small business enterprises of 
        the United States.
            (2) In serving the United States, veterans often faced 
        great risks to preserve the American dream of freedom and 
        prosperity.
            (3) The United States has done too little to assist 
        veterans, particularly service-disabled veterans, in playing a 
        greater role in the economy of the United States by forming and 
        expanding small business enterprises.
            (4) Medical advances and new medical technologies have made 
        it possible for service-disabled veterans to play a much more 
        active role in the formation and expansion of small business 
        enterprises in the United States.
            (5) The United States must provide additional assistance 
        and support to veterans to better equip them to form and expand 
        small business enterprises, thereby enabling them to realize 
        the American dream that they fought to protect.

SEC. 102. PURPOSE.

    The purpose of this Act is to expand existing and establish new 
assistance programs for veterans who own or operate small businesses. 
This Act accomplishes this purpose by--
            (1) expanding the eligibility for certain small business 
        assistance programs to include veterans;
            (2) directing certain departments and agencies of the 
        United States to take actions that enhance small business 
        assistance to veterans; and
            (3) establishing new institutions to provide small business 
        assistance to veterans or to support the institutions that 
        provide such assistance.

SEC. 103. DEFINITIONS.

    (a) Small Business Act.--Section 3 of the Small Business Act (15 
U.S.C. 632) is amended by adding at the end the following:
    ``(q) Definitions Relating to Veterans.--In this Act, the following 
definitions apply:
            ``(1) Service-disabled veteran.--The term `service-disabled 
        veteran' means a veteran with a disability that is service-
        connected (as defined in section 101(16) of title 38, United 
        States Code).
            ``(2) Small business concern owned and controlled by 
        service-disabled veterans.--The term `small business concern 
        owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans' means a 
        small business concern--
                    ``(A) not less than 51 percent of which is owned by 
                1 or more service-disabled veterans or, in the case of 
                any publicly owned business, not less than 51 percent 
                of the stock of which is owned by 1 or more service-
                disabled veterans; and
                    ``(B) the management and daily business operations 
                of which are controlled by 1 or more service-disabled 
                veterans or, in the case of a veteran with permanent 
                and severe disability, the spouse or permanent 
                caregiver of such veteran.
            ``(3) Small business concern owned and controlled by 
        veterans.--The term `small business concern owned and 
        controlled by veterans' means a small business concern--
                    ``(A) not less than 51 percent of which is owned by 
                1 or more veterans or, in the case of any publicly 
                owned business, not less than 51 percent of the stock 
                of which is owned by 1 or more veterans; and
                    ``(B) the management and daily business operations 
                of which are controlled by 1 or more veterans.
            ``(4) Veteran.--The term `veteran' has the meaning given 
        the term in section 101(2) of title 38, United States Code.''.
    (b) Applicability to This Act.--In this Act, the definitions 
contained in section 3(q) of the Small Business Act, as added by this 
section, apply.

                TITLE II--VETERANS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

SEC. 201. VETERANS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT IN THE SMALL BUSINESS 
              ADMINISTRATION.

    (a) In General.--Section 4(b)(1) of the Small Business Act (15 
U.S.C. 633(b)(1)) is amended--
            (1) in the 5th sentence, by striking ``four Associate 
        Administrators'' and inserting ``five Associate 
        Administrators''; and
            (2) by inserting after the 5th sentence the following: 
        ``One such Associate Administrator shall be the Associate 
        Administrator for Veterans Business Development, who shall 
        administer the Office of Veterans Business Development 
        established under section 32.''.
    (b) Office of Veterans Business Development; Associate 
Administrator.--The Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 631 et seq.) is 
further amended--
            (1) by redesignating section 32 as section 34; and
            (2) by inserting after section 31 the following:

``SEC. 32. VETERANS PROGRAMS.

    ``(a) Office of Veterans Business Development.--There is 
established in the Administration an Office of Veterans Business 
Development, which shall be administered by the Associate Administrator 
for Veterans Business Development (in this section referred to as the 
`Associate Administrator') appointed under section 4(b)(1).
    ``(b) Associate Administrator for Veterans Business Development.--
The Associate Administrator--
            ``(1) shall be an appointee in the Senior Executive 
        Service;
            ``(2) shall be responsible for the formulation, execution, 
        and promotion of policies and programs of the Administration 
        that provide assistance to small business concerns owned and 
        controlled by veterans and small business concerns owned and 
        controlled by service-disabled veterans. The Associate 
        Administrator shall act as an ombudsman for full consideration 
        of veterans in all programs of the Administration; and
            ``(3) shall report to and be responsible directly to the 
        Administrator.''.

SEC. 202. NATIONAL VETERANS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.

    The Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 631 et seq.) is further amended 
by adding after section 32 (as added by this Act) the following:

``SEC. 33. NATIONAL VETERANS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.

    ``(a) Establishment.--There is established a federally chartered 

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