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President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Proposes Major Investments in Infrastructure, New Fund to Modernize Information Technology Systems

GSA news releases - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 12:00am
President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Proposes Major Investments in Infrastructure, New Fund to Modernize Information Technology Systems

Chairman Chabot Statement on Obama’s Final Budget

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON – House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) made the following statement about President Obama’s FY2017 budget request:

"With this final budget, President Obama has shown once again that while he has no intention of helping small businesses, he’s counting on small businesses to help him. Small businesses routinely get hit worst and first as President Obama looks for ways to pay for his agenda. For the President, this budget is a 'Progressive dream.' For America’s 28 million small businesses, it is their worst nightmare. Our job creators deserve better than $3.4 trillion in new taxes, $2.5 trillion in new spending and a new $10 per barrel surcharge on oil that will inevitably be passed on to consumers. While House Republicans have put forward meaningful solutions that will empower entrepreneurs, the President wants to weigh them down with massive tax increases, burdensome regulations and a sudden spike in their energy costs. The House Republican budget willtake a markedlydifferent approachby putting people and small businesses first."



Five FCC Commissioners to Testify March 2

“From video policy to spectrum, the FCC’s decisions have an enormous effect on the future of our technology economy,” said Thune. “This hearing presents an opportunity for committee members to raise issues with the agency’s top decision makers and evaluate the need for legislative initiatives.”

Senator Seeks to Boost Anti-Drone Technologies at Airports

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of a renewed push to protect air travelers from the threat posed by drones, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) says he plans to offer a measure to boost federal efforts to research, test and deploy various technologies to keep drones away from sensitive areas, such as our nation’s airports. 

Nelson, the top Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee which oversees the FAA, says he plans to insert the measure in legislation the panel is currently working on to reauthorize the agency. 

Nelson discussed the plan at a meeting today in Orlando with airport directors from all across Florida.

"Right now, it seems no one in the federal government is willing to take the lead to bolster and install technologies that could protect airports from the threat posed by drones," Nelson said.  

A number of companies are developing drone-mitigation technologies that would, among others, be able to shut down a drone that strays into a no-fly-zone, such as an airport, or deploy advanced sensors to detect and intercept drones attempting to enter sensitive areas.

Last month, Nelson called on the heads of the FAA and NASA, along with the departments of Defense and Homeland Security, to work together to mitigate the safety and security risks associated with drones. 

That request came on the heels of a recent report that ranked Miami and Orlando among the top cities nationally with close calls between aircraft and drones.

GSA Opens Federal Acquisition Gateway for Public Access

GSA news releases - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 12:00am
Transparent Access to Site Allows Non-Federal Users to Explore Tools and Content

Arizona Supreme Court Joins Overwhelming Majority in Recognizing the Learned Intermediary Doctrine

WLF Legal Pulse - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 12:33pm
Last month, the Arizona Supreme Court became the most recent state high court to recognize the “learned intermediary doctrine” (LID). The LID provides a defense to drug companies in failure-to-warn products-liability cases so long as the manufacturers provided the prescribing doctor with all required safety information. In so doing, the court joined the 36 other […]
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Ensuring Intermodal USF Support for Rural America

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), chair of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, will hold a hearing on future funding for rural communications on Thursday, February 4, at 10:30 a.m.
The hearing will examine the Federal Communications Commission’s Universal Service Mobility Fund and Connect America Fund, with particular emphasis on which entities and technologies should be eligible to receive support.
- Mr. Darrington Seward, Managing Partner, Seward and Son Planting Company
- Mr. Steven K. Berry, President & CEO, Competitive Carriers Association (CCA)
- Mr. Jimmy Carr, CEO, All Points Broadband, testifying on behalf of Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA)
- Mr. Michael Rapelyea, Vice President for Government Affairs, ViaSat, Inc. 
* Witness list subject to change

Hearing Details:
Thursday, February 4, 2016
10:30 a.m.
Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet hearing
This hearing will take place in Senate Russell Office Building, Room 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.

For reporters interested in reserving a seat, please contact the press gallery:

• Periodical Press Gallery – 202-224-0265

• Radio/Television Gallery – 202-224-6421

• Press Photographers Gallery – 202-224-6548

• Daily Press Gallery – 202-224-0241

Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid or service, including closed captioning service for the webcast hearing, should contact Stephanie Gamache at 202-224-5511 at least three business days in advance of the hearing date.

Markup: Views and Estimates on the President’s FY 2017 Budget for the Small Business Administration

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 9:00am
The Markup originally scheduled for Wednesday, January 27, 2016 on the Views and Estimates on the President’s FY 2017 Budget for the Small Business Administration is rescheduled for 9:00 A.M. on Thursday, February 4, 2016 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Markup Notice
Views and Estimates of the President's FY 2017 Budget for the Small Business Administration

Advocacy Report Examines the Millennial Entrepreneur

Office of Advocacy - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 7:49am

For Release: February 4, 2016

SBA Number: 16-02 ADV


Contact: Elle Patout


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Advocacy Involvement Relieves Regulatory Burden on Small Business

Office of Advocacy - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 7:40am

For Release: January 12, 2016

SBA Number: 16-01 ADV


Contact: Elle Patout



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Small Business Committee Weighs in on SBA FY2017 Budget

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 12:00am

WASHINGTON – The House Committee on Small Business approved its official views and estimates on the FY2017 budget for the Small Business Administration (SBA) today.

While Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) noted bipartisan support for key programs designed to help entrepreneurs, he stressed the need for swift action to correct serious management problems at the SBA related to IT security, access to capital and competition for federal contracts.

“Federal taxpayers and American entrepreneurs must have an efficient and effective SBA. This Committee and its Subcommittees have held a number of hearings which have examined the operations of the SBA. These hearings reveal anything but an efficient and effective operation. Instead, the hearings, multiple investigations by the GAO, examinations by the SBA’s Inspector General and the Committee’s own reviews, reveal an agency that is deeply flawed with misplaced priorities that reduce the ability of small businesses to effectively compete for federal contracts, inhibit their ability to receive needed capital or obtain necessary training to operate their businesses. The views and estimates before us outline the actions needed to correct these problems,” said Chairman Chabot.

You can see the Committee’s full views and estimates for SBA here and watch this morning’s full markup here. President Obama’s final budget is expected to be transmitted to Congress next week.    

SBA Management Review: Office of Government Contracts and Business Development

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 1:00pm
The Subcommittee on Contracting and the Workforce hearing titled, “SBA Management Review: Office of Government Contracts and Business Development,” originally scheduled to begin at 4:00 P.M. on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 is rescheduled for 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday February 3, 2016 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

John Shoraka
Associate Administrator
Office of Government Contracts and Business Development
United States Small Business Administration
Washington, DC

Hearing Materials
Hearing Notice 
Witness List

Thune Statement on House Introduction of FAA Legislation

Sen. John Thune, the chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, which exercises legislative jurisdiction over the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), issued the following statement on introduction of a bill to reauthorize and reform federal aviation programs in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Kline Statement: Hearing on "Expanding Educational Opportunity Through School Choice"

Education & the Workforce Committee - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 12:00am
This committee’s work to improve K-12 education has always been guided by the belief that every child – regardless of where they come from or how much money their parents make – should receive an excellent education. Unfortunately, some schools are failing to provide students that opportunity. Too many of our nation’s students are entering high school without the critical skills they need to complete their education, and too many graduates are going off to college or entering the workforce without the tools they need to succeed in life.

Everyone here agrees our children deserve better. They deserve the opportunity to receive a better education and pursue a better life. That’s why improving K-12 education continues to be such an important priority at the federal, state, and local levels. By empowering parents to do what’s best for their child, school choice has been an instrumental part of that effort.

When we passed legislation last year to improve K-12 education, empowering parents was one of our primary goals, because we know parents can make the most meaningful difference in their child’s education. Several reforms in the Every Student Succeeds Act help parents do what’s best for their child’s education by expanding school choice, reforms such as: increasing access to quality charter schools and magnet schools; protecting home schools from federal interference; and launching a pilot program that will encourage excellent schools to enroll harder to serve students.

While these reforms are encouraging, education leaders in state capitals and local school districts are the real reason why the promise of school choice has touched the lives of so many parents and children. The progress we have seen over the last 25 years is remarkable.

The school choice movement began in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1990, where local leaders piloted the first private school choice program. Known as the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, the pilot provided low-income families scholarships to attend a quality school. Since then, the program has paved the way for thousands of students to receive a better education and inspired 27 other states to create different types of private school choice programs – many of which have been credited with helping students graduate not only from high school, but from college as well.

My home state of Minnesota was not far behind Milwaukee in expanding educational opportunities for students and families. In 1991, the state passed the nation’s first charter school law, providing parents an alternative public school option that better met their child’s needs. Today more than 40 states have passed charter school laws, opening the doors to thousands of schools that have served millions of students.

These are just a few examples of how school choice is helping students and families. Last week marked the 5th annual National School Choice Week, where more than 16,000 events in all 50 states showcased the success of school choice, from private school scholarships and public charter schools to homeschooling and education savings accounts. In all its forms, school choice has provided real hope to moms, dads, and children across the country.

Today, as we learn more about how states and local communities are expanding school choice, I encourage my colleagues to ask how we can support these efforts and help more children receive the education they deserve. 

IRS Proposes New Non-Discrimination Requirements for Retirement Plans

Office of Advocacy - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 1:26pm

On January 29, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed rules that would modify the nondiscrimination requirements for retirement plans that provide additional benefits to a grandfathered group of employees following certain changes in the coverage of a defined benefit plan or a defined benefit plan formula.

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Thune Statement on EU-US “Privacy Shield” Data Transfer Agreement

The European Union and the United States’ "Privacy Shield" agreement a needed victory for job creation.


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