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                                                       Calendar No. 254

106th CONGRESS

  1st Session

                               H. R. 1568

                          [Report No. 106-136]

_______________________________________________________________________

                                 AN ACT

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

_______________________________________________________________________

                             August 4, 1999

                       Reported with an amendment





                                                       Calendar No. 254
106th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                H. R. 1568

                          [Report No. 106-136]


_______________________________________________________________________


                   IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

                             June 30, 1999

  Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Small Business

                             August 4, 1999

                Reported by Mr. Bond, with an amendment
 [Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed 
                               in italic]

_______________________________________________________________________

                                 AN ACT


 
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,

<DELETED>SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.</DELETED>

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

<DELETED>SEC. 2. TABLE OF CONTENTS.</DELETED>

<DELETED>Sec. 1. Short title.
<DELETED>Sec. 2. Table of contents.
                  <DELETED>TITLE I--GENERAL PROVISIONS

<DELETED>Sec. 101. Findings.
<DELETED>Sec. 102. Purpose.
<DELETED>Sec. 103. Definitions.
            <DELETED>TITLE II--VETERANS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

<DELETED>Sec. 201. Veterans business development in the Small Business 
                            Administration.
<DELETED>Sec. 202. National Veterans Business Development Corporation.
<DELETED>Sec. 203. Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs.
                <DELETED>TITLE III--TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

<DELETED>Sec. 301. SCORE program.
<DELETED>Sec. 302. Entrepreneurial assistance.
<DELETED>Sec. 303. Business development and management assistance for 
                            military reservists' small businesses.
                <DELETED>TITLE IV--FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

<DELETED>Sec. 401. General business loan program.
<DELETED>Sec. 402. Assistance to active duty military reservists.
<DELETED>Sec. 403. Microloan program.
<DELETED>Sec. 404. Delta loan program.
<DELETED>Sec. 405. State development company program.
                <DELETED>TITLE V--PROCUREMENT ASSISTANCE

<DELETED>Sec. 501. Subcontracting.
<DELETED>Sec. 502. Participation in Federal procurement.
             <DELETED>TITLE VI--REPORTS AND DATA COLLECTION

<DELETED>Sec. 601. Reporting requirements.
<DELETED>Sec. 602. Report on small business and competition.
<DELETED>Sec. 603. Annual report of the Administrator.
<DELETED>Sec. 604. Data and information collection.
              <DELETED>TITLE VII--MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

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

             <DELETED>TITLE I--GENERAL PROVISIONS</DELETED>

<DELETED>SEC. 101. FINDINGS.</DELETED>

<DELETED>    Congress finds the following:</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (1) Veterans of the United States Armed Forces 
        have been and continue to be vital to the small business 
        enterprises of the United States.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (2) In serving the United States, veterans often 
        faced great risks to preserve the American dream of freedom and 
        prosperity.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (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.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (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.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (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.</DELETED>

<DELETED>SEC. 102. PURPOSE.</DELETED>

<DELETED>    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--</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (1) expanding the eligibility for certain small 
        business assistance programs to include veterans;</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (2) directing certain departments and agencies of 
        the United States to take actions that enhance small business 
        assistance to veterans; and</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (3) establishing new institutions to provide small 
        business assistance to veterans or to support the institutions 
        that provide such assistance.</DELETED>

<DELETED>SEC. 103. DEFINITIONS.</DELETED>

<DELETED>    (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:</DELETED>
<DELETED>    ``(q) Definitions Relating to Veterans.--In this Act, the 
following definitions apply:</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(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).</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(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--</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(A) not less than 51 percent of which is 
                owned by one 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 one or 
                more service-disabled veterans; and</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(B) the management and daily business 
                operations of which are controlled by one 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.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(3) Small business concern owned and controlled 
        by veterans.--The term `small business concern owned and 
        controlled by veterans' means a small business concern--
        </DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(A) not less than 51 percent of which is 
                owned by one 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 one or more veterans; 
                and</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(B) the management and daily business 
                operations of which are controlled by one or more 
                veterans.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(4) Veteran.--The term `veteran' has the meaning 
        given the term in section 101(2) of title 38, United States 
        Code.''.</DELETED>
<DELETED>    (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.</DELETED>

       <DELETED>TITLE II--VETERANS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT</DELETED>

<DELETED>SEC. 201. VETERANS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT IN THE SMALL BUSINESS 
              ADMINISTRATION.</DELETED>

<DELETED>    (a) In General.--Section 4(b)(1) of the Small Business Act 
(15 U.S.C. 633(b)(1)) is amended--</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (1) in the fifth sentence, by striking ``four 
        Associate Administrators'' and inserting ``five Associate 
        Administrators''; and</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (2) by inserting after the fifth 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.''.</DELETED>
<DELETED>    (b) Office of Veterans Business Development; Associate 
Administrator.--The Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 631 et seq.) is 
further amended--</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (1) by redesignating section 32 as section 34; 
        and</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (2) by inserting after section 31 the 
        following:</DELETED>

<DELETED>``SEC. 32. VETERANS PROGRAMS.</DELETED>

<DELETED>    ``(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).</DELETED>
<DELETED>    ``(b) Associate Administrator for Veterans Business 
Development.--The Associate Administrator--</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(1) shall be an appointee in the Senior 
        Executive Service;</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(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</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(3) shall report to and be responsible directly 
        to the Administrator.''.</DELETED>

<DELETED>SEC. 202. NATIONAL VETERANS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT 
              CORPORATION.</DELETED>

<DELETED>    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:</DELETED>

<DELETED>``SEC. 33. NATIONAL VETERANS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT 
              CORPORATION.</DELETED>

<DELETED>    ``(a) Establishment.--There is established a federally 
chartered corporation to be known as the National Veterans Business 
Development Corporation (in this section referred to as the 
`Corporation') which shall be incorporated under the laws of the 
District of Columbia and which shall have the powers granted in this 
section.</DELETED>
<DELETED>    ``(b) Purposes of the Corporation.--The purposes of the 
Corporation shall be--</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(1) to expand the provision of and improve 
        access to technical assistance regarding entrepreneurship for 
        the Nation's veterans; and</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(2) to assist veterans, including service-
        disabled veterans, with the formation and expansion of small 
        business concerns by working with and organizing public and 
        private resources, including those of the Small Business 
        Administration, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the 
        Department of Labor, the Department of Commerce, the Department 
        of Defense, the Service Corps of Retired Executives (described 
        in section 8(b)(1)(B) of this Act), the Small Business 
        Development Centers (described in section 21 of this Act), and 
        the business development staffs of each department and agency 
        of the United States.</DELETED>
<DELETED>    ``(c) Board of Directors.--</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(1) In general.--The management of the 
        Corporation shall be vested in a Board of Directors composed of 
        nine voting members and three nonvoting ex officio 
        members.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(2) Appointment of voting members.--The 
        President shall appoint United States citizens to be voting 
        members of the Board of Directors as follows:</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(A) One from a list of individuals 
                nominated by the chairman of the Committee on Small 
                Business of the House of Representatives.</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(B) One from a list of individuals 
                nominated by the chairman of the Committee on Small 
                Business of the Senate.</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(C) One from a list of individuals 
                nominated by the ranking minority member of the 
                Committee on Small Business of the House of 
                Representatives.</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(D) One from a list of individuals 
                nominated by the ranking minority members of the 
                Committee on Small Business of the Senate.</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(E) One from a list of individuals 
                nominated by the chairman of the Committee on Veterans' 
                Affairs of the House of Representatives.</DELETED>

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