Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 106 Part 5.djvu/617

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PUBLIC LAW 102-564—OCT. 28, 1992 106 STAT. 4255 (A) an assessment of the quality of the research performed under the SBIR program funding agreements entered into by each agency that has participated in the SBIR program beginning in fiscal year 1993 or thereafter, specifically addressing— (i) with respect to each such agency, whether or not there has been a demonstrable reduction in research quaUty; and (ii) in the case of such reduction, whether an increase in each such agency's required SBIR participation in accordance with section 9(f)(1) of the Small Business Act (as amended by subsection (b) of this section) would adversely affect the performance of the agency's research programs; (B) an analysis of the program authorized by section 301 of the Small Business Research and Development Enhancement Act of 1992, considering, among other things— (i) the extent to which each SBIR agency has implemented the program and the extent to which the program has improved the quality of agency-sponsored research and development; (ii) the effect of the program on recipient companies' ability to develop and commercialize technology; (iii) the cost of the program and the average cost per recipient company; and (iv) the extent to which SBIR companies continue to use the service after completion of the program; and (C) such other factors as the Comptroller General may deem appropriate. (b) FINAL REPORT.— The Comptroller General of the United States shall treinsmit to the Congress a final report containing— (1) a review of the progress made by Federal agencies in meeting the requirements of section 9(f) of the Small Business Act (as amended by this Act), including increases in expenditures required by that subsection; (2) an analysis of participation by small business concerns in the third phase of SBIR programs, including a systematic evaluation of^ the techniques adopted by Federal agencies to foster commercialization; (3) an analysis of the extent to which awards under SBIR programs are made pursuant to section 9(1) of the Small Business Act (as added by section 103(h)) in cases in which a program solicitation receives only 1 proposal; (4) an analysis of the extent to which awards in the first phase of the SBIR program are made to small business concerns that have received more than 15 second phase awards under the SBIR program in the preceding 5 fiscal years, considering— (A) the extent to which such concerns were able to secure Federal or private sector follow-on funding; (B) the extent to which the research developed under such awards was commercialized; and (C) the amount of commerciaUzation of research developed under such awards, as compared to the amount of commercialization of SBIR research for the entire SBIR program;