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PUBLIC LAW 100-000—MMMM. DD, 1988

PUBLIC LAW 100-519—OCT. 24, 1988

102 STAT. 2591

SEC. 106. AVAILABILITY OF APPROPRIATIONS.

Appropriations made under the authority provided in this title shall remain available for obligation, for expenditure, or for obligation and expenditure for periods specified in the Acts making such appropriations. SEC. 107. RESEARCH INFORMATION CENTER

The Research Information Center of the National Bureau of Standards shall be maintained as a governmental activity under the National Institute of Standards and Technology. SEC. 108. EVALUATED ENGINEERING DATA STUDY.

Within 6 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Reports. Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology shall conduct a study of needs within the private and public sectors for evaluated engineering data, and shall submit a report to the Congress making recommendations concerning the appropriate roles of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, other government agencies, professional societies, and trade associations in the collection, evaluation, and dissemination of such data. Such recommendations shall, among other things, address plans for the dissemination of the results of the study through data bases, and plans for incorporating high quality results from other countries. SEC. 109. TECHNOLOGY SERVICES.

In addition to such other technology services and technology extension activities which may be mandated or authorized by law, and in order to help improve the use of technology by small and medium-sized industrial firms within the United States, the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, as appropriate, shall— (1) work directly with States, local governments, and other appropriate organizations to provide for extended distribution of Standard Reference Materials, Standard Reference Data, calibrations, and related technical services and to help transfer other expertise and technology to the States and to small businesses and other businesses within the States; (2) evaluate those inventions from small businesses or individuals which have a significant potential for improving competitiveness; (3) provide support for workshops on technical and entrereneurial topics and share information developed through the lalcolm Baldrige Quality Award Program; and (4) work with other Federal agencies to provide technical and related assistance to the States and businesses within the States.

Small business. State and local governments. 15 USC 272a.

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SEC. 110. TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER.

Within 6 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Reports. Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology shall report to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate and the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology of the House of Representatives on domestic technology transfer accomplishments, trends, and plans since 1986 at the National Bureau of Standards and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Such report shall describe with examples the types of technology transfer undertaken by the National Bureau of Stand-