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Intero Cool Apps: Destroy Vertical Video Syndrome For Good!

InteroMojo - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 9:00am

How many times have you recorded something on your phone vertically, that is, without turning it so it’s horizontal like a TV screen?

I know, we’re use to using our phones up and down for normal phone activities, but when it comes to filming or snapping photos we forget that the function of the phone has totally changed. Videos should be sideways like a screen. You can fit more into the photo when they’re taken horizontally. It’s hard to remember to turn your phone and that’s why I’m showing you today’s very cool app.

Horizon lets you record horizontal videos and photos no matter how you hold your device. It can be vertical, it can be sideways, it can be at an angle. No matter what, the app will automatically stay level so you can focus on what’s happening through the lens: your kid’s first bike ride or your wife’s reaction as she walks into a surprise birthday party.

It’s pretty awesome so you have to check it out. The app does cost $1.99 but believe me, it’s $1.99 well spent.

See how easy it is to use in the video below.

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GSA's Green Buildings Fight Climate Change

GSA news releases - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 1:00am
GSA receives top marks on OMB scorecard

ADVISORY: Committee To Hold Hearings With EPA Deputy Administrator And On The Use Of Telemedicine By Small Medical Practices

House Small Business Committee News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:00am

Week Ahead for the Committee: July 28-August 1

Committee To Hold Hearings With EPA Deputy Administrator And On The Use Of Telemedicine By Small Medical Practices

WASHINGTON, DC – The House Small Business Committee, chaired by Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), today announced the schedule for the week of July 28, 2014:
 
On Wednesday, July 30, at 1:00 p.m., the Committee will conduct a hearing titled "Regulatory Overreach: Is EPA Meeting Its Small Business Obligations?” The hearing will focus on the proposed rules to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from power plants pursuant to the President’s Climate Action Plan and the recently issued “waters of the United States” proposed rule.
 
“Our Committee has been active in exposing the EPA’s regulatory overreach on some of their latest proposed rules,” said Chairman Graves. “Many of their proposals will have a detrimental impact on our economy and small business growth. However, the EPA does not assess the effects of its rules on small businesses as required by law. We look forward to hearing from EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe about the EPA’s process for analyzing the consequences of its regulations as they affect small business.”

On Thursday, July 31, at 10:00 a.m., the Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology, under the chairmanship of Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY), will conduct a hearing titled “Telemedicine: A Prescription for Small Medical Practices?" The purpose of the hearing is to examine how small medical practices are using telemedicine to expand their reach and grow their business. Members will hear from experts and physicians about telemedicine challenges and how Washington may be contributing to some of those challenges.
 
“Technology is quickly changing the way many small companies do business, and this is definitely true for the health care industry and how small medical practices provide care,” said Chairman Collins. “Telemedicine can help overcome many physical, geographical and socioeconomic challenges. This hearing will examine whether or not Washington has caught up with this useful technology.”

Watch the hearing live HERE.

Event Details:
Wednesday, July 30, 1:00 p.m. EDT
2360 Rayburn House Office Building
Small Business Committee
Regulatory Overreach: Is EPA Meeting Its Small Business Obligations?

Thursday, July 31, 10:00 a.m. EDT
2360 Rayburn House Office Building
Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology
Telemedicine: A Prescription for Small Medical Practices? 

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House Advances Bipartisan Legislation to Support Youth Victims of Sex Trafficking

Education & the Workforce Committee - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:00am

The House of Representatives today approved the final bill in a series of legislative reforms aimed at strengthening support for youth who are victims of sex trafficking. The proposed bills would improve identification and assessment of child sex trafficking victims and enhance existing services for runaway and homeless youth.

“We have a moral obligation to do all we can to serve children who are victims of sex trafficking,” said Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN). “No victim should be denied critical support because of outdated policies or fall through the cracks of a child welfare system. The legislation passed by the House will fix these flaws and strengthen our response to this national crisis. I want to thank Representatives Bass, Heck, and Beatty for helping to lead this important, bipartisan effort.”

Each year an estimated 300,000 children become victims of sex trafficking. Many of these children were once involved in a state child welfare system, yet their experience with sexual exploitation may go undetected. The House-passed bipartisan legislation would enhance support services for victims and improve the child welfare response to trafficking:

  • Strengthening Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act. Introduced by Reps. Karen Bass (D-CA), John Kline (R-MN), Tom Marino (R-PA), Jim McDermott (D-WA), Michelle Bachmann (R-MN), and Louise Slaughter (D-NY), the legislation (H.R. 5081) will improve practices within state child welfare systems to identify, assess, and document sex trafficking victims. H.R. 5081 passed the House by a vote of 399 to 0 on Friday, July 25.
                  
  • Enhancing Services for Runaway and Homeless Victims of Youth Trafficking Act. Introduced by Reps. Joe Heck (R-NV), John Kline (R-MN), and Bobby Scott (D-VA), the legislation (H.R. 5076) will improve support provided specifically to runaway and homeless youth who are victims of trafficking. H.R. 5076 passed the House by voice vote on Wednesday, July 23.

The House also passed earlier this week H.R. 5111, legislation introduced by Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH) that would add the term “child sex trafficking” to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s CyberTipline reporting areas to reinforce that these children are victims, not criminals. H.R. 5111 passed the House by a vote of 409 to 0 on Thursday, July 24. 

To learn more about the legislative proposals, click here.

To watch Chairman Kline’s floor remarks on H.R. 5076, click here

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FDA Advisory Committee Not Rife with Conflicts of Interest? — “Please!” Quips Federal Judge

WLF Legal Pulse - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 4:35pm
In order to achieve results that it believes are vital to public health, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has demonstrated time and again that it’s not afraid to trample laws and constitutional rights along the way. Occasionally, judges reintroduce FDA to the Rule of Law. We applaud one such recent rebuke by Judge Richard […]
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Thursday’s Thoughts on Leadership: Winning

InteroMojo - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 12:45pm

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.?”
- Jack Welch

As I mentioned in last week’s blog, I’ve been listening to a great interview that Darren Hardy of SUCCESS magazine did with Jack Welch earlier this year. The interview has encouraged me to re-listen to Welch’s book, Winning, which came out in 2005.

Once again, I came to realize how much this book is definitely not your typical management book. It was built from information Welch gained from doing 150 sessions across the globe after he retired. In the sessions he allowed the attendees to ask any questions they wanted. All of the questions in one way or another, were about Winning. This content is what helped him to shape this book.

The book itself is full of Welch’s actual experiences from his forty years climbing the ranks and becoming chairman and CEO of GE. It’s written clearly and simply for optimal retention and it’s definitely not full of just the same old stuff. Welch’s optimistic, get-it-done mind-set keeps you engaged as he offers deep insights, original thinking and solutions to typical problems that you might run into in the work place.

One of the sections that is most notable is the chapter on Leadership. He lays out 8 rules that always work.

  1. Relentlessly upgrade your team. In every encounter with them, “evaluate, coach, and build self-confidence.”
  2. Instill the vision.
  3. Spread energy and optimism.
  4. Establish trust by being candid, transparent and giving credit where it’s due.
  5. Make the unpopular decisions.
  6. Probe and push. Make sure your “questions are answered with action.”
  7. Inspire risk-taking and learning by doing both yourself.
  8. Celebrate.

 

Overall, the book is a great read that anyone will find insightful no matter where you are in your career.

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GSA Announces Strategic Sourcing Awards for Janitorial and Sanitation Supplies

GSA news releases - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 1:00am
GSA announces 18 BPAs for a new strategic sourcing solution designed to help federal agencies purchase Janitorial and Sanitation supplies.

Kline Applauds Passage of Higher Ed Bill to Improve Student Financial Counseling

Education & the Workforce Committee - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 12:00am

The House of Representatives today approved bipartisan legislation that would improve financial counseling support for college students and their parents. Passed by a vote of 405 to 11, the Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act (H.R. 4984) is the third in a series of bills passed by the House to strengthen the nation’s higher education system.

Authored by Representative Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and cosponsored by Reps. Richard Hudson (R-NC) and Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), the Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act:

  • Ensures both students and parents who participate in a federal loan program receive interactive counseling each year that reflects their individual borrowing situation.
                                                                                                
  • Informs low-income students about the terms and conditions of the Pell Grant program through annual counseling that will be provided to all grant recipients. 
                                                                                              
  • Directs the secretary of education to maintain and disseminate a consumer-tested, online counseling tool institutions can use to provide annual loan counseling, exit counseling, and annual Pell Grant counseling.

Earlier this week, the House also passed with overwhelming bipartisan support legislation to spur innovation and strengthen transparency in higher education. Speaking of the progress being made to reauthorize the Higher Education ActEducation and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) said:

The House continues to make strong, bipartisan progress toward strengthening our nation’s higher education system. The legislation advanced today will help students and families make smart choices about paying for a college education. I want to thank Representatives Guthrie, Hudson, and Bonamici for their bipartisan leadership on this important legislation. By working across the aisle, we can help make a difference right now in the lives of students and families. I encourage the Senate to follow our lead and look forward to continuing this bipartisan effort in the months ahead.

To learn more about H.R. 4984, click here.

To learn more about the effort to reform the Higher Education Act, visit http://edworkforce.house.gov/highered/.

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Small Agriculture Businesses Advocate For New SBA Size Standard

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 12:00am

The Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade, under the chairmanship of Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO), today held a hearing to examine the small business size standard for agricultural businesses. The purpose of the hearing was to determine whether the current standard accurately reflects the structural and economic realities of modern small agriculture production operations and evaluate whether it should be changed to better fit today’s industry and increase participation in federal procurement, as well as improve regulatory analysis of how new rules affect small businesses.  

The Small Business Act authorizes the Small Business Administration (SBA) to establish small business size standards, which are normally either employee or revenue-based. Unlike the size standards established for all other industries by the SBA, the size standard for agriculture enterprises are statutorily established. In 1984, SBA lowered the size standard for small agricultural enterprises to $100,000 in annual receipts from $500,000. Congress believed this was too low, and would exclude the vast majority of family farms, so in 1985 the size standard was increased to $500,000. In 2000, Congress updated the size standard to $750,000 in annual receipts.
 
"Today’s hearing provided a necessary dialogue about whether the agriculture size standard is adequate for today’s economy,” said Chairman Tipton. “The wrong size standard may harm legitimately small agricultural producers by denying them access to SBA programs, such as the federal contracting programs and loan programs. Additionally, many federal agencies view these standards as the default small business size standard when considering their obligations under the Regulatory Flexibility Act, which requires agencies to analyze how their rules will affect small entities. In the coming months, this Committee will continue exploring solutions to the problems we heard today, including whether the current statutory standard needs be updated and the best process for doing so.”

Materials from the hearing are available on the Committee’s website HERE.

Notable Quotes:

Mark Oestman, Owner of Oestman Farms, LLC in Eckley, Colorado said, “I believe that the Small Business Administration should seriously consider substantially raising the arbitrary $750,000 [size standard] in receipts that currently exists for agriculture producers. The dynamics of today’s farms and farmers, especially those who farm as their sole source of income, have changed dramatically and I believe the limit should as well. Due to factors largely out of a farmer’s control, my total receipts and expenses can change dramatically from year to year, and I believe that SBA standards should take many of those factors into consideration and increase the standard."
 
Ken Keesaman, Owner of KK Farms Red Angus in Osborn, Missouri said, “The evolution of today’s livestock industry has shifted and in order for family businesses to survive we have expanded and diversified our operations. In terms of agriculture, today’s small business has changed and it is appropriate for the size standards applied by the Small Business Administration to more accurately represent today’s small operations. It is my understanding that agriculture is the only industry where the statute establishes our size standard. With that being the case, Congress must change the statue and consider alternatives to the current size standards so they more accurately reflect today’s small businesses.”

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Kline Statement: H.R. 4984, the Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act

Education & the Workforce Committee - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 12:00am

Every family knows the cost of pursuing a higher education is out of control. It’s felt intensely each and every day by countless Americans; by parents who worry how they will put their kids through college; by students who fear they will be left with a pile of debt and no job prospects; by working men and women who hope a degree will let them reach the next rung on the economic ladder.

We know that solutions to the college cost crisis must ultimately come from states and institutions. But there are things Congress can do right now to keep the dream of a postsecondary education within reach.

Helping students find the right institution is one way we can make a difference. Yesterday the House passed with strong bipartisan support the Strengthening Transparency in Higher Education Act. The legislation will arm students with the best information available in a format that is easy to understand, information that includes key facts such as an institution’s costs, completion rates, and student loan debt.

Students and families currently face a tsunami of information that is mostly confusing, conflicting, and unnecessary. The bill streamlines the information and how it is delivered, enabling students to be smart shoppers in the college marketplace.

However, picking an institution is only half the challenge. Families then have to figure out how to pay for it, and far too many are unprepared to make those tough decisions. Some students choose loans and debt when other assistance in the form of grants and scholarships are readily available. And those that do opt for student loans often have no real concept of what they’re getting into or what it means for their future.

Clearly current policies promoting financial literacy are coming up short. That is why I am pleased to support the Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act. The bipartisan legislation includes a series of reforms that will help students and families make wise financial decisions about their postsecondary education.

For example, the bill ensures borrowers – both students and parents – receive annual counseling that reflects their personal situations and requires consent each year before receiving a federal loan. The legislation also makes sure low-income individuals who rely on Pell Grants are informed about the terms and conditions of their grant.

The bill also delivers more robust counseling upon graduation, requiring that information on a borrower’s loan balance and anticipated monthly payments be provided. Finally, the legislation directs the Secretary of Education to maintain a consumer-tested, online counseling tool that will help institutions put this important information into the hands of those who need it.

This legislation is part of a broader effort to strengthen our nation’s higher education. Neither this bill nor the bills passed earlier this week are a silver bullet to challenges we face. However, by working together, we can begin to make a difference in the lives of students and families. That is precisely what the House is doing.

I want to thank the bipartisan authors of the legislation, Representatives Brett Guthrie, Richard Hudson, and Suzanne Bonamici. I urge my colleagues to support the bill and reserve the balance of my time.

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Move by Biotech Company Tees Up Court Consideration of Attorneys’-Fee Clause in Corporate Bylaws

WLF Legal Pulse - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:28pm
The Wall Street Journal Law Blog reported today that Philadelphia-based (but Delaware-incorporated) biotechnology company Hemispherx BioPharm Inc. has injected itself into the middle of a growing dispute over attorneys’ fees in shareholder class action lawsuits. (A hat-tip to the Institute for Legal Reform, whose must-read daily email referenced the WSJ Law Blog piece) Prompted by […]
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Rockefeller: Cruise Companies Must Be Held Accountable for Incidents, Crimes That Happen on Their Ships

Opening Statement

Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller, IV

Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee

“The Cruise Passenger Protection Act (S.1340): Improving Consumer Protections for Cruise Passengers”

I would like to begin this hearing in the same way I started the hearing I held on the cruise industry last year – by saying that most people who take cruise sh...

Rockefeller Statement on Transportation Department's Proposed Crude-By-Rail Safety Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller, IV, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today issued the following statement after the Department of Transportation (DOT) unveiled a series of proposed rules intended to enhance the safe movement of crude oil and other flammable materials by rail.

“I am pleased the Administration is moving forward with a comprehensive rulemaking to improve the safety of crude oil and other hazardous materials by rail. We have seen the devastating impact on communities nationw...

Executive Session

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. John D. (Jay) Rockefeller, IV, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today announced that the Committee will hold an Executive Session on Wednesday, July 23, at 2:30 p.m.

Please note the hearing will be webcast live via the Senate Commerce Committee website. Refresh the Commerce Committee homepage 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to automatically begin streaming the webcast.

Individuals with disabilities who require an auxi...

Kline Statement: H.R. 5076, the Enhancing Services for Runaway and Homeless Victims of Youth Trafficking Act

Education & the Workforce Committee - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:00am

Each year an estimated 300,000 innocent children fall victim to sex trafficking right here in the United States. The victims can be homeless or runaway youth; others are simply taken from their parents in the blink of an eye. The victims’ families are our neighbors, friends, and loved ones.

As a father of two and grandfather of four, for me it is impossible to fathom the pain and suffering they must feel, knowing their son or daughter is trapped in a modern-day slave trade filled with darkness and hopelessness. While we will never fully comprehend the grief these families are forced to bear, we can as a nation fight this heinous crime with every tool available.

There are heroic efforts underway right now to locate victims of youth sex trafficking and return them to their families. Last week, the Education and the Workforce Committee had an opportunity to hear from John Ryan, head of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The center plays a vital role in a national effort to protect vulnerable youth, leading a partnership among law enforcement, government agencies, and private ventures like Honeywell, Google, and Lifetouch.

In my home state of Minnesota, the center has helped resolve cases involving 1,699 endangered runaways and 373 family abductions. The center’s 24-hour CyberTipline has provided law enforcement more than two million leads of child sexual exploitation.

The center and its staff provide an invaluable service to families; they stand on the front lines of this critical battle each and every day. Despite these and other achievements, we know more can be done to protect our most vulnerable youth.

Right now many kids are falling through the cracks of child welfare systems. Often they are not properly identified as sex trafficking victims when they enter the system and are then lost in the shuffle once they are in state custody. And too often runaway and homeless youth who are victims of sex trafficking do not receive the special help they need.

That is why I strongly support this legislation, which will enhance existing services for runaway and homeless youth. I am also proud to support legislation we will consider in just a few moments that will improve how state child welfare systems identify and respond to victims of youth sex trafficking. Finally, we will also consider legislation that ensures victims are properly identified when reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTipline.

Mister Speaker, we have to do more to address this national crisis. The bills the House is considering today move our country in the right direction. I am humbled to help lead this bipartisan effort and urge my colleagues to support the legislation.

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Video Release: Kline Urges Support for Victims of Youth Trafficking

Education & the Workforce Committee - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:00am
The House of Representatives today debated bipartisan legislation to strengthen support for victims of youth sex trafficking. The proposals would enhance existing aid for runaway and homeless youth and improve identification and assessment of child sex trafficking victims. House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) discussed the urgent need to assist victims of youth sex trafficking: 

 

Each year an estimated 300,000 innocent children fall victim to sex trafficking right here in the United States. The victims can be homeless or runaway youth; others are simply taken from their parents in the blink of an eye. The victims’ families are our neighbors, friends, and loved ones.

As a father of two and grandfather of four, for me it is impossible to fathom the pain and suffering they must feel, knowing their son or daughter is trapped in a modern-day slave trade filled with darkness and hopelessness. While we will never fully comprehend the grief these families are forced to bear, we can as a nation fight this heinous crime with every tool available.

To read Chairman Kline’s full remarks, click here.

To learn more about bipartisan efforts to strengthen support for victims of youth sex trafficking, click here.

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House Passes Legislation to Support Innovation, Strengthen Transparency in Higher Education

Education & the Workforce Committee - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:00am
The House of Representatives today approved two bipartisan legislative proposals that will spur innovation and strengthen transparency in higher education. The bills are part of a broader effort to improve postsecondary education through reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

“I am pleased the House has advanced bipartisan reforms to strengthen our nation’s higher education system,” said House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN). “Over the last several weeks, we’ve worked to find areas of common ground that would help more Americans realize the dream of a postsecondary education. By supporting innovation and strengthening transparency, these legislative efforts will make a difference in the lives of students and families. I urge our Senate colleagues to send these bipartisan bills to the president’s desk without delay.”

Authored by Representative Matt Salmon (R-AZ) and cosponsored by Reps. Susan Brooks (R-IN) and Jared Polis (D-CO), the Advancing Competency-Based Education Demonstration Project Act (H.R. 3136):
  • Promotes innovation in higher education by directing the secretary of education to implement competency-based education demonstration projects.
                                                                                                
  • Provides accountability by requiring an annual evaluation of each demonstration project to determine program quality.
                                                                                              
  • Delivers greater flexibility to institutions that want to provide students a more personalized, cost-effective education.

H.R. 3136 passed the House by a vote of 414 to 0. To learn more about the bill, click here

Authored by Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and cosponsored by Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN) and John Kline (R-MN), the Strengthening Transparency in Higher Education Act (H.R. 4983)

  • Requires the secretary of education to create a consumer-tested College Dashboard that would display key information students need when deciding which school to attend.
                                  
  • Instructs the secretary to provide a link to the page of each institution listed on a student’s FAFSA to make sure students know this information is available.
            
  • Streamlines and eliminates unnecessary information and federal transparency initiatives.

H.R. 4983 passed the House by voice vote. To learn more about the bill, click here.

Earlier today, the House also passed legislation (H.R. 5134) introduced by Rep. Foxx that would extend the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity and the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance for one year.

To learn more about the committee’s effort to reform the Higher Education Act, visit http://edworkforce.house.gov/highered/ 

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Committee Examines Reforms to SBIR/STTR Programs

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:00am
The House Small Business Committee, under the chairmanship of Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), today examined the progress of recent programmatic changes to both the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Under Chairman Graves’ leadership, Congress reauthorized the programs three years ago along with requirements that the agencies implement various reforms that will help spur wider participation from small firms and more effective commercialization of products.

Today’s oversight hearing was the second of two hearings examining the agencies’ compliance with those changes. The first hearing focused on the private sector impressions of the programs. Today, the Committee focused on oversight of the public sector role, including the Department of Defense, the National Institutes of Health, and the Small Business Administration (SBA).

“Small businesses are great sources of innovation, so investments in research and development of the best ideas spurs economic growth and creates jobs,” said Chairman Graves. “The SBIR and STTR programs are effective tools to help bring promising ideas to the marketplace. The most recent reauthorization of these programs included some important steps to increase commercialization and generate wider participation by small businesses.  Today’s testimony helped us learn more about the agencies’ progress, and in some cases, the need for us to continue to monitor these efforts.”

Materials from the hearing are available on the Committee’s website HERE.

Notable Quotes:

Javier Saade, Associate Administrator, Office of Investment and Innovation, United States Small Business Administration, Washington DC, said, “These programs make up the largest seed investing pool on the globe. While we are still the undisputed world leader in innovation, we are not alone and many countries are making serious commitments to their own innovation efforts… We need to continue to invest in our future as others catch up so that we may be able to maintain our leadership for the 21st Century.”

Andre Gudger, Director, Office of Small Business Programs, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Department of Defense, Washington, DC, said, “The programs are tools for the Department of Defense (DoD) to seed innovation in our industrial base, and, in so doing, develop leading-edge technologies with the potential to meet warfighter needs, today and in the future. Now, more than ever, we need to leverage the responsiveness, efficiency, capability, and technological innovation our nation’s small businesses provide.”

Dr. Matthew Portnoy, Program Manager, NIH SBIR/STTR, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, said, “Among the 11 Federal departments and agencies that participate in these programs, the NIH is one of the largest funders of this program, and the largest Federal supporter of biomedical research. The SBIR/STTR programs continue to be critical to feeding the innovation pipeline that promises to deliver the medical advances of tomorrow and have complemented NIH's mission to advance science while bringing new health care solutions to the public.”

Marie Mak, Acting Director, Acquisition & Sourcing Management Team, General Accountability Office, Washington, DC, said, “While we recognize there are challenges to improving transition data, we continue to believe it is important for DOD to develop and implement a plan for obtaining more comprehensible and reliable measures of transition. Without better information on technology transition, questions will remain as to whether the DOD SBIR program is providing the right technologies at the right time to users, using effective approaches to select, develop, and transition technologies, and providing tangible benefits.”

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