Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 112 Part 5.djvu/177

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PUBLIC LAW 105-309 —OCT. 30, 1998 112 STAT. 2935 Public Law 105-309 105th Congress An Act To authorize appropriations for the National Institute of Standards and Technology Oct. 30, 1998 for fiscal years 1998 and 1999, and for other purposes. [H R 12741 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, Technology Administration SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. Act of 1998. 15 USC 271 note. This Act may be cited as the "Technology Administration Act of 1998". SEC. 2. MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM CEN- TER EXTENSION. Section 25(c)(5) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Act (15 U.S.C. 278k(c)(5)) is amended by striking ", which are designed" and all that follows through "operation of a Center." and inserting in lieu thereof ". After the sixth year, a Center may receive additional financial support under this section if it has received a positive evaluation through an independent review, under procedures established by the Institute. Such an independent review shall be required at least every two years after the sixth year of operation. Funding received for a fiscal year under this section after the sixth year of operation shall not exceed one third of the capital and annual operating and maintenance costs of the Center under the program.". SEC. 3. MALCOLM BALDRIGE QUALITY AWARD. (a) ADDITIONAL AWARDS.—Section 17(c)(3) of the Stevenson- Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980 (15 U.S.C. 3711a(c)(3)) is amended by inserting ", unless the Secretary determines that a third award is merited and can be given at no additional cost to the Federal Government" after "in any year". (b) CATEGORIES.— Section 17(c)(1) of the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980 (15 U.S.C. 3711a(c)(l)) is amended by adding at the end the following: "(D) Health care providers. "(E) Education providers.". SEC. 4. NOTICE. (a) REDESIGNATION.— Section 31 of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Act is redesignated as section 32. 15 USC 271 note. (b) NOTICE. — The National Institute of Standards and Technology Act (15 U.S.C. 271 et seq.) is amended by inserting after section 30 the following new section: