[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 23 (Monday, February 4, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Page 7849]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-02353]


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SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION


Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development

AGENCY: U.S. Small Business Administration.

ACTION: Notice of open Federal Interagency Task Force Meeting.

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SUMMARY: The SBA is issuing this notice to announce the location, date, 
time, and agenda for its public meeting of the Interagency Task Force 
on Veterans Small Business Development. The meeting will be open to the 
public.

DATES: Friday, February 15, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon in the 
Eisenhower Conference Room, Side A, located on the 2nd floor.

ADDRESSES: U.S. Small Business Administration, 409 3rd Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20416.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to section 10(a)(2) of the Federal 
Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C., Appendix 2), SBA announces the 
meeting of the Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business 
Development. The Task Force is established pursuant to Executive Order 
13540 and focused on coordinating the efforts of Federal agencies to 
improve capital, business development opportunities and pre-established 
Federal contracting goals for small business concerns owned and 
controlled by veterans (VOB's) and service-disabled veterans 
(SDVOSB's). Moreover, the Task Force shall coordinate administrative 
and regulatory activities and develop proposals relating to ``six focus 
areas'': (1) Access to capital (loans, surety bonding and franchising); 
(2) Ensure achievement of pre-established contracting goals, including 
mentor prot[eacute]g[eacute] and matching with contracting 
opportunities; (3) Increase the integrity of certifications of status 
as a small business; (4) Reducing paperwork and administrative burdens 
in accessing business development and entrepreneurship opportunities; 
(5) Increasing and improving training and counseling services; and (6) 
Making other improvements to support veteran's business development by 
the Federal government.
    On November 1, 2011, The Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small 
Business Development submitted its first report to the President, which 
included 18 recommendations that were applicable to the ``six focus 
areas'' identified above. The purpose of the meeting is scheduled as a 
full Task Force meeting. The agenda will include a presentation and 
discussion of the recommendations included in the Task Force Report to 
the President.
    In addition, the Task Force will allow time to obtain public 
comment from individuals and representatives of organizations regarding 
the areas of focus.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The meeting is open to the public; 
however, advance notice of attendance is requested. Anyone wishing to 
attend and/or make a presentation to the Task Force must contact Cheryl 
Simms, by February 11, 2013, by email in order to be placed on the 
agenda. Comments for the Record should be applicable to the ``six focus 
areas'' of the Task Force and emailed prior to the meeting for 
inclusion in the public record, verbal presentations; however, will be 
limited to five minutes in the interest of time and to accommodate as 
many presenters as possible. Written comments should be emailed to 
Cheryl Simms, Program Liaison, Office of Veterans Business Development, 
U.S. Small Business Administration, 409 3rd Street SW., Washington, DC 
20416, at the email address for the Task Force, vetstaskforce@sba.gov. 
Additionally, if you need accommodations because of a disability or 
require additional information, please contact Cheryl Simms, Designated 
Federal Official for the Task Force at (202) 205-6773; or by email at:  
cheryl.simms@sba.gov, SBA, Office of Veterans Business Development, 409 
3rd Street SW., Washington, DC 20416. For more information, please 
visit our Web site at www.sba.gov/vets.

    Dated: January 24, 2013.
Dan Jones,
SBA Committee Management Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-02353 Filed 2-1-13; 8:45 am]
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