Implementation of the Department of Defense Small Business Innovation Research Commercialization Pilot Program: Recent Experience and International Lessons
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND PUBLIC POLICY
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In Section 252 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006, Congress adopted four wide-ranging reforms to the Department of Defense DoD Small Business Innovation Research SBIR and Small Business Technology Transfer STTR programs in order to increase their effectiveness for both the DoD and the defense industry. First, Section 252 directed closer alignment between RD and acquisition goals of SBIR and STTR. Second, Section 252 authorized and funded the creation of the Commercialization Pilot Program CPP by the DoD and the military Departments to facilitate transition of SBIR technologies into the acquisition process. Congress conditioned the use of CPP funds on detailed evaluative reporting to Congress. Third, Congress codified into statutory law President George W. Bush s Executive Order No. 13329 2004, which incentivized manufacturing technologies through SBIR and STTR. Fourth, Congress clarified agencies authority to conduct testing and evaluation TE of SBIR and STTR technologies in SBIR and STTR Phases II and III. The implementation requirements were specified in Section 252 and the Congressional Guidance Letter 2006 issued by the House and the Senate Small Business Committees.
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