Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 116 Part 3.djvu/345

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PUBLIC LAW 107-277—NOV. 5, 2002 116 STAT. 1937 carrying out this section, the Director shall involve, as appropriate, the various units of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology laboratories (including the Building and Fire Research Laboratory), the Manufacturing Extension Partnership program established under sections 25 and 26 of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Act (15 U.S.C. 278k and 2781), and the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Program. This initiative shall build upon ongoing efforts of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and of the private sector, shall involve consortia that include government and industry, and shall address the enterprise integration needs of each United States major manufacturing industry at the earliest possible date. (b) ASSESSMENT.— For each major manufacturing industry, the Director may work with industry, trade associations, professional societies, and others as appropriate, to identify enterprise integration standardization and implementation activities underway in the United States and abroad that affect that industry and to assess the current state of enterprise integration within that industry. The Director may assist in the development of roadmaps to permit supply chains within the industry to operate as an integrated electronic enterprise. The roadmaps shall be based on voluntary consensus standards. (c) REPORTS. —Within 180 days after the date of the enactment Deadline. of this Act, and annually thereafter, the Director shall submit to the Committee on Science of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate a report on the National Institute of Standards and Technology's activities under subsection (b). (d) AUTHORIZED ACTIVITIES.—In order to carry out this Act, the Director may work with industry, trade associations, professional societies, and others as appropriate— (1) to raise awareness in the United States, including awareness by businesses that are majority owned by women, minorities, or both, of enterprise integration activities in the United States and abroad, including by the convening of conferences; (2) on the development of enterprise integration roadmaps; (3) to support the development, testing, promulgation, integration, adoption, and upgrading of standards related to enterprise integration including application protocols; and (4) to provide technical assistance and, if necessary, financial support to small- and medium-sized businesses that set up pilot projects in enterprise integration. (e) MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PROGRAM. —The Director shall ensure that the Manufacturing Extension Program is prepared to advise small- and medium-sized businesses on how to acquire the expertise, equipment, and training necessary to participate fully in supply chains using enterprise integration. SEC. 4. DEFINITIONS. 15 USC 278g-5 For purposes of this Act— (1) the term "automotive" means land-based engine-powered vehicles including automobiles, trucks, busses, trsiins, defense vehicles, farm equipment, and motorcycles; (2) the term "Director" means the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology;