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 and FY2007 budget again proposed funding reductions however in FY2006 MEP was financed at 104.6 million after mandated rescissions and at 104.6 million in FY2007. A significant reduction in support for MEP to 46.3 million was included in the Administrations FY2008 budget. The FY2008 Consolidated Appropriations Act, P.L. 110-161, finances the Partnership at 89.6 million, 14.4 less than the FY2007 figure. The Presidents FY2009 budget request includes 4 million to close out the federally funded portion of the program. P.L. 110-69, the America COMPETES Act, authorizes funding for MEP through 2010 and creates several new manufacturing RD programs. This report will be updated as events warrant.
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