The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access will meet for a hearing titled, “A Review of SBA’s 504/CDC Loan Program.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, June 29, 2017 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn
House Office Building.
Mr. Wayne Williams
Senior Vice President
Business Finance Group
Ms. Barbara A. Vohryzek
President and CEO
National Association of Development Companies (NADCO)
Mr. Sherwood Robbins
Advocacy to Host Regulatory Roundtable in
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday July 13th, the Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration will host a roundtable in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The event will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the Best Western Plus.
Advocacy to Host Regulatory Roundtable in Boise, Idaho
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday July 11th, the Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration will host a roundtable in Boise, Idaho. The event will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the Riverside Hotel.
Foxx Statement: Floor Debate on the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act
When many Americans think of higher education, they think of a traditional college or university on a sprawling green campus. They think of students leaving college and universities with their degree in-hand, ready for a career and set for life.
While many Americans choose this path, there is a misconception that this is the only pathway to success. For many hardworking Americans, the pathway to success does not require a baccalaureate degree.
In fact, skills-focused education has helped countless Americans gain the specialized knowledge and skills they need to enter the workforce and build fulfilling lives.
So many men and women have found success through workforce development programs, however, we have come to a critical juncture with the future of these programs.
And our educational institutions have not caught up. As a result, American businesses large and small are having a hard time finding enough workers with the skills and talent they need.
The bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act — which unanimously passed the House Committee on Education and the Workforce — provides critical reforms to our nation’s education programs and prepares students to compete in our competitive, global economy.
Mister Speaker, all education is truly career education, and we must give our students every opportunity to attain the skills they need to succeed. When students, parents, employers—and yes, lawmakers—understand that, we’ll be on the right track to closing the skills gap that exists in our country.
I want to thank my colleagues, especially Representative Thompson for his leadership on this issue. As the Co-Chairman of the CTE Caucus, he has spent years championing this issue. I also want to thank Ranking Member Scott and Representative Krishnamoorthi, as well as all committee members for the bipartisan work that’s reflected in this bill.
Expanding opportunity through CTE is vital to closing the nation’s skills gap, ending the cycle of poverty, and creating a better tomorrow for hardworking Americans.
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I’d like to thank our panel of witnesses and my colleagues for joining today’s very serious discussion on the safety and security of the Job Corps program. I also want to note my disappointment that the Office of Job Corps has decided not to testify today. Their attendance would have provided the committee with important information about the program and the measures taken by the Office of Job Corps to address these safety concerns.
The Job Corps program is intended to help some of our nation’s most disadvantaged youth receive high quality education, workforce development, and support services in order to become more employable, responsible, and productive citizens. The very purpose of the program is to serve those who are hard to serve and the safety of students and instructors within the Job Corps program should be priority one. Unfortunately that is not the case, and that is what brings us to today’s hearing.
The work of this committee, as well as other government bodies such as the Inspector General, have found a systemic and alarming lack of oversight in the safety and security of the Jobs Corps program, and we have reached a critical point where lives are in real danger if congress does not act.
In fact, over 30 different government reports and audits have raised concerns over the safety and security of the Jobs Corps program. A 2009 IG report even noted that “40 percent of 235 significant incidents occurring at [six] centers during our audit period were not reported.”
Even in 2015, an IG report specifically stated, “Job Corps needs to improve enforcement and oversight of student disciplinary policies to better protect students and staff.”
What is truly shocking and sad is that nine student deaths and a number other violent or health related incidents have occurred just since 2015 as a result of lapses in safety and security.
These reports are extremely troubling, and no program sponsored by the federal government should have such tragedies associated with it.
This committee has spent almost two years investigating and asking about these repeated lapses in safety and security within the Job Corps program, and we are still without answers.
What we do know is that the deficiencies in proper security measures are not isolated, or associated with one specific Job Corps center. This is a systemic problem throughout the Job Corps program.
The security failures within Job Corps are a failure in basic good governance, and jeopardize the safety of American citizens.
Today we will hear testimony from witnesses who have made findings highlighting the troubling lack of safety and oversight in Job Corps centers.
We will hear testimony of failures in reporting violent incidents, security lapses, and a lack of cooperation with law enforcement officials.
While these facts may be troubling, it is vital that we as a committee understand just where the lack of oversight has occurred in order for us to make proper recommendations to keep the Job Corps program safe for the future.
The Jobs Corps program was designed to help disadvantaged young people gain the skills they need to achieve a good education; find a good-paying job; and have a successful life.
Putting the students and instructors of the Job Corps program in harm’s way does a disservice to its participants and the American taxpayers.
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The Committee on Small Business Subcommittees on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade and Health and Technology will hold a joint hearing titled, “Improving Broadband Deployment: Solutions for Rural America.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, June 22, 2017 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
1. Hearing Notice
2. Witness List
Mr. Mike Romano
Senior Vice President
Industry Affairs & Business Development
NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association
Mr. Dave Osborn
*Testifying on behalf of the Western Telecommunications Alliance
Mr. Tim Donovan
Senior Vice President
Competitive Carriers Association
Mr. Chris Allendorf
Vice President of External Relations and General Counsel
Jo-Carroll Energy, Inc. (NFP)
WASHINGTON – Today, Members of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade heard from a group of experts in the first of a series of hearings addressing the rural broadband deployment efforts small telecommunications companies are undergoing in rural America. Witnesses also discussed the potential for policy changes at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and what the FCC has done to help or hinder broadband deployment.
“Our small businesses, particularly ones in rural areas, depend on new telecommunications technologies to compete across town and across the world,” said Subcommittee Chairman Rod Blum (R-IA).
“The nation’s small telecommunications providers are the ones that traditionally supply the bulk of broadband services to the most rural parts of America, and it is no easy task. We’ve been making progress over the past few years, but more needs to be done to put rural America on par with urban America. These small businesses are ready, willing, able, and frankly itching to get out there and build these networks, if only Washington would get out of their way,” Blum continued.
Improving Broadband Deployment: Solutions for Rural America
“Fixed and mobile broadband, video, and voice are among the services that many rural Americans can access thanks to our industry’s networks and commitment to serving sparsely populated areas. These technologies serve as a small business incubator in rural areas that would otherwise see entrepreneurial activity gravitate toward the urban areas with greater resources,” said Mike Romano, Senior Vice President for Industry Affairs and Business Development at NTCA - the Rural Broadband Association.
“Small companies like mine wait years and spend hundreds of thousands of dollars per project on environmental, archaeological, and historical preservation reviews. It is not uncommon for small companies like mine to experience delays of up to 18 to 24 months in getting broadband projects going because of these types of reviews. This is particularly problematic in parts of the country that have shorter construction seasons than Texas,” said Dave Osborn, Chief Executive Officer at VTX1 Companies.
“Policymakers must be mindful that small rural and regional providers have limited resources, and continue to face challenges securing adequate capital for wireless siting projects, an issue where this Committee plays a critical leadership role,” said Tim Donovan, the Senior Vice President of Legislative Affairs at the Competitive Carriers Association.
“We applaud Chairman Pai and the Federal Communications Commission for creating the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) to take look at the barriers to providing broadband access to rural areas of our country. We were especially pleased that Jim Matheson, CEO of our national trade association, NRECA, was appointed to serve on the committee and bring the voice of non-traditional providers, like electric cooperatives to the table for these important discussions,” said Chris Allendorf, Vice President of External Relations and General Counsel at Jo-Carroll Energy, Inc. (NFP).
Washington, D.C. – Today, House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) joined Senate Small Business Committee Chairman Jim Risch (R-ID) to introduce bipartisan, bicameral legislation to improve cybersecurity resources for small businesses. The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Cyber Training Act will be a priority in each respective committee. Representative Dwight Evans (D-PA) and Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) are original co-sponsors of the bills.
“Many small business owners lack the capital and expertise they need to prevent a cybersecurity attack. Unfortunately, one simple hit can destroy everything a small business owner has created. That’s why we need to ensure small businesses have access to the best cybersecurity resources and information possible. Providing cybersecurity training to lead small business development center employees will broaden their expertise to help more small businesses prevent an attack and potentially help save their companies,” said Chairman Chabot.
“Entrepreneurs – particularly in rural areas – depend on online sales and marketing to commercialize their businesses, leaving them incredibly vulnerable to cyber risks,” said Chairman Risch. “With many small businesses unable to recover after suffering a cyber-attack, it is incredibly important that we address this threat head on.”
“Our small business owners and entrepreneurs are the engines that drive people to live, grow and succeed in our neighborhoods. We know that our small business community faces increasing cyber threats in our ever changing and evolving global economy. I am proud to join with my colleagues in the House and Senate to introduce bipartisan legislation that equips our small business owners and entrepreneurs with the resources they need to keep their businesses safe, secure and protected. Our small businesses depend on the essential resources that our Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) provide and I will continue to set forth legislation that allows our small businesses and SBDC’s to continue to thrive and prosper,” said Rep. Dwight Evans.
“Small businesses create two out of every three new jobs in our country each year, and they need the right tools and skills to identify cyber threats and protect their customers and their livelihoods,” said Senator Peters. “I’m pleased to support this bipartisan bill, which builds on efforts to educate business owners on ways to improve cyber defenses so that small businesses can focus on what they do best: creating jobs, fostering economic growth and driving innovation.”
The SBDC Cyber Training Act would require a percentage of SBDC employees to become certified in cyber strategy counseling, a method proven effective for export trade counseling. Without costing taxpayers more money, the Act would utilize already existing Small Business Administration (SBA) conferences to provide cyber strategy training to at least 20 percent of SBDC employees. Relying on the SBA’s expertise in training small businesses, the Act allows that agency to come up with new programming and to certify existing cyber education at SBDCs.
Full text of the bill can be found HERE.
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