Dear SBIR Insider,
Yesterday, September 29, 2011, the House, in pro-forma session, passed by unanimous consent (UC) H.R. 2017, now titled "Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012". This was immediately sent to the President to be signed into law.
The net effect is that the funding for your SBIR, STTR & CPP programs, as well as the most of the rest of the federal government, have been extended through Tuesday, October 4, 2011. Big deal you say? It really is a big deal because it will keep everything going until the House meets on Tuesday to vote on H.R. 2608, to keep the government and SBIR open through November 18, 2011.
The Legal Implications
For our agency folk who want to confirm this report, see Section 123 of H.R. 2017 at www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112hr2017enr/pdf/BILLS-112hr2017enr.pdf. It is Section 123 (a),(b) and (c) which extends the dates of our 3 programs to October 4, 2011, as defined in Section 106 (3) of the act.
We offer this information because much of the DoD is in the selection/awarding stage of their FY-11.2 SBIR, and they can continue to make their selections/awards through October 4.
The House will vote Tuesday, October 4, 2011 on H.R. 2608 to extend the appropriations through November 18, 2011, and that is expected to pass. Just as with H.R. 2017, Section 123 (a),(b) and (c) of H.R. 2608 extends the dates of SBIR, STTR and CPP as defined in Section 106 (3) of the act, BUT this time Section 106 sets the date to November 18, 2011.
In our September 26 issue, in the "For Political Junkies Only" we accidentally cited HR. 2806 when we meant HR. 2608. That's been corrected in our on-line version at www.zyn.com/sbir/insider. Thanks to speed-reader "Joe" for finding the error and letting us know. We really do appreciate your comments.
I apologize for sending so many SBIR Insider updates in this short period of time. It's as painful for me to write as it is for you to read. However, due to the large volume of calls and inquiries we had concerning Thursday's vote, we thought it would be good for you and the agencies to hear what has transpired.
Expect a few more of these after next Tuesday's vote, followed by reports of congressional actions to reauthorize SBIR. After that, I hope we're back to our once a month, or so editions.
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