Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program: An Overview
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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A program of regional centers to assist small and medium-sized manufacturing companies use knowledge and technologies developed under the auspices of the National Institute of Standards and Technology NIST was created by P.L. 100-418. The Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership MEP has centers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico that provide technical and managerial assistance to firms. Federal funding is matched by non-federal sources. Funding increased until FY1999, when support declined reflecting a decrease in the federal portion of financing from one-half to one-third as individual centers operated longer than six years. Through FY2004, funding remained fairly constant despite the Administrations FY2003 budget that proposed an 88 reduction in support such that MEP centers with more than six years experience operate without federal contribution. Financing was cut 63 in FY2004, but restored in FY2005. The Presidents FY2006, FY2007, and FY2008 budgets again proposed funding reductions however in FY2006 MEP received 104.6 million, 104.6 million in FY2007, and 89.6 million in FY2008 14.4 less than the FY2007 figure. The Presidents FY2009 budget request as amended includes 2 million to close out the federally funded portion of the program. The FY2009 appropriations bill ordered reported from the House Committee on Appropriations would fund MEP at 122 million, while S. 3182, as reported from the Senate Committee on Appropriations, would provide 110 million. P.L. 110-69, the America COMPETES Act, authorizes funding for MEP through 2010 and creates several new manufacturing RD programs.
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