[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 99 (Tuesday, May 22, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 30227]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-12463]


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Proposed Rules
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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of 
the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these 
notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in 
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Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 99 / Tuesday, May 22, 2012 / Proposed 
Rules

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SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

13 CFR Part 121


Small Business Size Regulations, Small Business Innovation 
Research (SBIR) Program and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) 
Program

AGENCY: U.S. Small Business Administration.

ACTION: Notice of Webinar and Roundtable Meetings.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announces that it 
is holding a public Webinar and Roundtable Meetings regarding its 
proposal to amend its regulations governing size and eligibility for 
the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business 
Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs. The proposed rule would implement 
provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
2012. The proposed rule addresses ownership, control and affiliation 
for participants in the SBIR and STTR Programs. This includes 
participants that are majority owned by multiple venture capital 
operating companies, private equity firms or hedge funds. The Webinar 
and Roundtable Meetings will provide a basic overview of and respond to 
questions regarding the proposed rule. The Webinar and Roundtable 
Meetings will be summarized and become part of the administrative 
record.

DATES: The Webinar is scheduled for May 24, 2012, the Roundtable 
Meetings are scheduled for June 8, 2012, in Washington, DC and June 19, 
2012, in Austin, TX. These Roundtable Meetings will be conducted by 
SBA's Office of Advocacy. For additional information, see Section II.

ADDRESSES: The phone number and corresponding Web address for the 
Webinar will be provided to participants upon registration.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Office of Investment and Innovation at 
SBIRComments@sba.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background Information

    On May 15, 2012, SBA published a proposed rule to amend its 
regulations governing size and eligibility for the SBIR and STTR 
Programs. This proposed rule is an integral part of the implementation 
of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. The 
proposed rule may be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=SBA-2012-0008-0001.
    In order to familiarize the public with the content of the proposed 
rule, SBA will host a Webinar and Roundtable Meetings. Interested 
parties may choose to attend the Webinar or the Roundtable Meetings 
listed in Section II. The Webinar and Roundtable Meetings will be 
summarized and become part of the administrative record.

II. Webinar and Roundtable Meetings Schedule

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                                                                                                 Registration
                                                        Date and time                            closing date
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Webinar.........................  May 24, 2012, 3 p.m.-5 p.m. EST..........................  May 23, 2012, 11:59
                                                                                              p.m. EST.
Roundtable Meetings:
    Washington, DC..............  June 8, 2012, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. EST..........................  June 5, 2012, 11:59
                                                                                              p.m. EST.
    Austin, TX..................  June 19, 2012, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. EST........................  June 14, 2012,
                                                                                              11:59 p.m. EST.
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III. Registration

    If you are interested in attending the Webinar or the Roundtable 
Meetings, you must pre-register by the registration closing date by 
sending an email to SBIRComments@sba.gov. You must include in the 
subject line the date of the Webinar or Roundtable Meeting for which 
you wish to participate, and in the body of the email, please provide 
the following: Participant's Name, Title, Organization Affiliation, 
Address, Telephone Number, Email Address, and Fax Number. Please also 
note if you need accommodation because of a disability. You must submit 
your email by the applicable registration closing date listed in 
Section II of this notice. Due to technological constraints, 
participation is limited to 125 registrants for the Webinar. If demand 
exceeds capacity for the Webinar, SBA may consider holding additional 
Webinars. SBA will announce any additional Webinars through a Federal 
Register notice and on its Web site for the SBIR and STTR Programs at 
www.sbir.gov.
    SBA will confirm the registration via email along with instructions 
for participation. SBA will post any presentation materials associated 
with the Webinars on the day of the Webinar at www.sbir.gov. 
Participants are responsible for ensuring their computer systems are 
compatible with the Webinar software.
    If there are specific questions you would like SBA to address 
during the Webinar or Roundtable Meetings, please send your question(s) 
to SBA no later than the registration closing date listed in Section 
II. Because the rule is in the proposed rulemaking stage, SBA will not 
be able to answer questions that are outside the scope of the proposed 
rule. All participants are encouraged to submit comments regarding the 
proposed rule at http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=SBA-
2012-0008-0001 or hand delivery/courier to Carl Jordan, Office of Size 
Standards or Edsel Brown, Assistant Director, Office of Technology, US 
Small Business Administrator, 409 Third Street SW., Washington, DC 
20416.

Sean Greene,
Associate Administrator for Investment and Special Advisor for 
Innovation.
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