15 U.S. Code § 657b - Veterans programs

(a) Office of Veterans Business Development
There is established in the Administration an Office of Veterans Business Development, which shall be administered by the Associate Administrator for Veterans Business Development (in this section referred to as the “Associate Administrator”) appointed under section 633 (b)(1) of this title.
(b) Associate Administrator for Veterans Business Development
The Associate Administrator—
(1) shall be an appointee in the Senior Executive Service;
(2) shall be responsible for the formulation, execution, and promotion of policies and programs of the Administration that provide assistance to small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans and small business concerns owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans. The Associate Administrator shall act as an ombudsman for full consideration of veterans in all programs of the Administration; and
(3) shall report to and be responsible directly to the Administrator.
(c) Interagency task force
(1) Establishment
Not later than 90 days after February 14, 2008, the President shall establish an interagency task force to coordinate the efforts of Federal agencies necessary to improve capital and business development opportunities for, and ensure achievement of the pre-established Federal contracting goals for, small business concerns owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans and small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans (in this section referred to as the “task force”).
(2) Membership
The members of the task force shall include—
(A) the Administrator, who shall serve as chairperson of the task force; and
(B) a senior level representative from—
(i) the Department of Veterans Affairs;
(ii) the Department of Defense;
(iii) the Administration (in addition to the Administrator);
(iv) the Department of Labor;
(v) the Department of the Treasury;
(vi) the General Services Administration;
(vii) the Office of Management and Budget; and
(viii) 4 representatives from a veterans service organization or military organization or association, selected by the President.
(3) Duties
The task force shall—
(A) consult regularly with veterans service organizations and military organizations in performing the duties of the task force; and
(B) coordinate administrative and regulatory activities and develop proposals relating to—
(i) improving capital access and capacity of small business concerns owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans and small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans through loans, surety bonding, and franchising;
(ii) ensuring achievement of the pre-established Federal contracting goals for small business concerns owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans and small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans through expanded mentor-protege assistance and matching such small business concerns with contracting opportunities;
(iii) increasing the integrity of certifications of status as a small business concern owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans or a small business concern owned and controlled by veterans;
(iv) reducing paperwork and administrative burdens on veterans in accessing business development and entrepreneurship opportunities;
(v) increasing and improving training and counseling services provided to small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans; and
(vi) making other improvements relating to the support for veterans business development by the Federal Government.
(d) Participation in TAP Workshops
(1) In general
The Associate Administrator shall increase veteran outreach by ensuring that Veteran Business Outreach Centers regularly participate, on a nationwide basis, in the workshops of the Transition Assistance Program of the Department of Labor.
(2) Presentations
In carrying out paragraph (1), a Veteran Business Outreach Center may provide grants to entities located in Transition Assistance Program locations to make presentations on the opportunities available from the Administration for recently separating or separated veterans. Each presentation under this paragraph shall include, at a minimum, a description of the entrepreneurial and business training resources available from the Administration.
(3) Written materials
The Associate Administrator shall—
(A) create written materials that provide comprehensive information on self-employment and veterans entrepreneurship, including information on resources available from the Administration on such topics; and
(B) make the materials created under subparagraph (A) available to the Secretary of Labor for inclusion in the Transition Assistance Program manual.
(4) Reports
The Associate Administrator shall submit to Congress progress reports on the implementation of this subsection.
(e) Women veterans business training
The Associate Administrator shall—
(1) compile information on existing resources available to women veterans for business training, including resources for—
(A) vocational and technical education;
(B) general business skills, such as marketing and accounting; and
(C) business assistance programs targeted to women veterans; and
(2) disseminate the information compiled under paragraph (1) through Veteran Business Outreach Centers and women’s business centers.
(f) Authorization of appropriations
There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section—
(1) $1,500,000 for fiscal year 2005; and
(2) $2,000,000 for fiscal year 2006.

Source

(Pub. L. 85–536, § 2[32], as added Pub. L. 106–50, title II, § 201(b)(2),Aug. 17, 1999, 113 Stat. 235; amended Pub. L. 108–447, div. K, title I, § 145,Dec. 8, 2004, 118 Stat. 3455; Pub. L. 110–186, title I, §§ 102, 104,Feb. 14, 2008, 122 Stat. 624, 625.)
Prior Provisions

A prior section 2[32] of Pub. L. 85–536was renumbered section 2[47] and is set out as a note under section 631 of this title.
Amendments

2008—Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 110–186, § 102(2), added subsec. (c). Former subsec. (c) redesignated (f).
Subsecs. (d), (e). Pub. L. 110–186, § 104, added subsecs. (d) and (e).
Subsec. (f). Pub. L. 110–186, § 102(1), redesignatedsubsec. (c) as (f).
2004—Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 108–447added subsec. (c).
Congressional Findings

Pub. L. 106–50, title I, § 101,Aug. 17, 1999, 113 Stat. 234, provided that: “Congress finds the following:
“(1) Veterans of the United States Armed Forces have been and continue to be vital to the small business enterprises of the United States.
“(2) In serving the United States, veterans often faced great risks to preserve the American dream of freedom and prosperity.
“(3) The United States has done too little to assist veterans, particularly service-disabled veterans, in playing a greater role in the economy of the United States by forming and expanding small business enterprises.
“(4) Medical advances and new medical technologies have made it possible for service-disabled veterans to play a much more active role in the formation and expansion of small business enterprises in the United States.
“(5) The United States must provide additional assistance and support to veterans to better equip them to form and expand small business enterprises, thereby enabling them to realize the American dream that they fought to protect.”
Congressional Purpose

Pub. L. 106–50, title I, § 102,Aug. 17, 1999, 113 Stat. 234, provided that: “The purpose of this Act [see Short Title of 1999 Amendments note set out under section 631 of this title] is to expand existing and establish new assistance programs for veterans who own or operate small businesses. This Act accomplishes this purpose by—
“(1) expanding the eligibility for certain small business assistance programs to include veterans;
“(2) directing certain departments and agencies of the United States to take actions that enhance small business assistance to veterans; and
“(3) establishing new institutions to provide small business assistance to veterans or to support the institutions that provide such assistance.”
Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs

Pub. L. 106–50, title II, § 203,Aug. 17, 1999, 113 Stat. 239, as amended by Pub. L. 108–447, div. K, title I, § 143(b),Dec. 8, 2004, 118 Stat. 3455; Pub. L. 110–186, title I, § 103(b),Feb. 14, 2008, 122 Stat. 625; Pub. L. 112–239, div. A, title XVI, § 1699(c)(3),Jan. 2, 2013, 126 Stat. 2092, provided that:
“(a) In General.—There is established an advisory committee to be known as the ‘Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs’ (in this section referred to as the ‘Committee’), which shall serve as an independent source of advice and policy recommendations to—
“(1) the Administrator of the Small Business Administration (in this section referred to as the ‘Administrator’);
“(2) the Associate Administrator for Veterans Business Development of the Small Business Administration;
“(3) the Congress;
“(4) the President; and
“(5) other United States policymakers.
“(b) Membership.—
“(1) In general.—The Committee shall be composed of 15 members, of whom—
“(A) eight shall be veterans who are owners of small business concerns (within the meaning of the term under section 3 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632)); and
“(B) seven shall be representatives of veterans organizations.
“(2) Appointment.—
“(A) In general.—The members of the Committee shall be appointed by the Administrator in accordance with this section.
“(B) Initial appointments.—Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act [Aug. 17, 1999], the Administrator shall appoint the initial members of the Committee.
“(3) Political affiliation.—Not more than eight members of the Committee shall be of the same political party as the President.
“(4) Prohibition on federal employment.—
“(A) In general.—Except as provided in subparagraph (B), no member of the Committee may serve as an officer or employee of the United States.
“(B) Exception.—A member of the Committee who accepts a position as an officer or employee of the United States after the date of the member’s appointment to the Committee may continue to serve on the Committee for not more than 30 days after such acceptance.
“(5) Term of service.—
“(A) In general.—Subject to subparagraph (B), the term of service of each member of the Committee shall be 3 years.
“(B) Terms of initial appointees.—As designated by the Administrator at the time of appointment, of the members first appointed—
“(i) six shall be appointed for a term of 4 years; and
“(ii) five shall be appointed for a term of 5 years.
“(6) Vacancies.—The Administrator shall fill any vacancies on the membership of the Committee not later than 30 days after the date on which such vacancy occurs.
“(7) Chairperson.—
“(A) In general.—The members of the Committee shall elect one of the members to be Chairperson of the Committee.
“(B) Vacancies in office of chairperson.—Any vacancy in the office of the Chairperson of the Committee shall be filled by the Committee at the first meeting of the Committee following the date on which the vacancy occurs.
“(c) Duties.—The duties of the Committee shall be the following:
“(1) Review, coordinate, and monitor plans and programs developed in the public and private sectors, that affect the ability of small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans to obtain capital and credit and to access markets.
“(2) Promote the collection of business information and survey data as they relate to veterans and small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans.
“(3) Monitor and promote plans, programs, and operations of the departments and agencies of the United States that may contribute to the formation and growth of small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans.
“(4) Develop and promote initiatives, policies, programs, and plans designed to foster small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans.
“(5) Develop a comprehensive plan, to be updated annually, for joint public-private sector efforts to facilitate growth and development of small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans.
“(d) Powers.—
“(1) Hearings.—Subject to subsection (e), the Committee may hold such hearings, sit and act at such times and places, take such testimony, and receive such evidence as the Committee considers advisable to carry out its duties.
“(2) Information from federal agencies.—Upon request of the Chairperson of the Committee, the head of any department or agency of the United States shall furnish such information to the Committee as the Committee considers to be necessary to carry out its duties.
“(3) Use of mails.—The Committee may use the United States mails in the same manner and under the same conditions as other departments and agencies of the United States.
“(4) Gifts.—The Committee may accept, use, and dispose of gifts or donations of services or property.
“(e) Meetings.—
“(1) In general.—The Committee shall meet, not less than three times per year, at the call of the Chairperson or at the request of the Administrator.
“(2) Location.—Each meeting of the full Committee shall be held at the headquarters of the Small Business Administration located in Washington, District of Columbia. The Administrator shall provide suitable meeting facilities and such administrative support as may be necessary for each full meeting of the Committee.
“(3) Task groups.—The Committee may, from time-to-time, establish temporary task groups as may be necessary in order to carry out its duties.
“(f) Compensation and Expenses.—
“(1) No compensation.—Members of the Committee shall serve without compensation for their service to the Committee.
“(2) Expenses.—The members of the Committee shall be reimbursed for travel and subsistence expenses in accordance with section 5703 of title 5, United States Code.
“(g) Report.—Not later than 30 days after the end of each fiscal year beginning after the date of the enactment of this section [Aug. 17, 1999], the Committee shall transmit to the Congress and the President a report describing the activities of the Committee and any recommendations developed by the Committee for the promotion of small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans.”
SCORE Program

Pub. L. 106–50, title III, § 301,Aug. 17, 1999, 113 Stat. 242, provided that:
“(a) In General.—The Administrator of the Small Business Administration shall enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Service Core [probably should be “Corps”] of Retired Executives (described in section 8(b)(1)(B) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 637 (b)(1)(B)) and in this section referred to as ‘SCORE’) to provide for the following:
“(1) The appointment by SCORE in its national office of an individual to act as National Veterans Business Coordinator, whose duties shall relate exclusively to veterans business matters, and who shall be responsible for the establishment and administration of a program to coordinate counseling and training regarding entrepreneurship to veterans through the chapters of SCORE throughout the United States.
“(2) The assistance of SCORE in the [sic] establishing and maintaining a toll-free telephone number and an Internet website to provide access for veterans to information about the counseling and training regarding entrepreneurship available to veterans through SCORE.
“(3) The collection of statistics concerning services provided by SCORE to veterans, including service-disabled veterans, for inclusion in each annual report published by the Administrator under section 4(b)(2)(B) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 633 (b)(2)(B)).
“(b) Resources.—The Administrator shall provide to SCORE such resources as the Administrator determines necessary for SCORE to carry out the requirements of the memorandum of understanding specified in paragraph (1).”
Entrepreneurial Assistance

Pub. L. 106–50, title III, § 302,Aug. 17, 1999, 113 Stat. 242, provided that: “Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act [Aug. 17, 1999], the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Administrator of the Small Business Administration, and the head of the association formed pursuant to section 21(a)(3)(A) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 648 (a)(3)(A)) shall enter into a memorandum of understanding with respect to entrepreneurial assistance to veterans, including service-disabled veterans, through Small Business Development Centers (described in section 21 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 648)) and facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Such assistance shall include the following:
“(1) Conducting of studies and research, and the distribution of information generated by such studies and research, on the formation, management, financing, marketing, and operation of small business concerns by veterans.
“(2) Provision of training and counseling to veterans concerning the formation, management, financing, marketing, and operation of small business concerns.
“(3) Provision of management and technical assistance to the owners and operators of small business concerns regarding international markets, the promotion of exports, and the transfer of technology.
“(4) Provision of assistance and information to veterans regarding procurement opportunities with Federal, State, and local agencies, especially such agencies funded in whole or in part with Federal funds.
“(5) Establishment of an information clearinghouse to collect and distribute information, including by electronic means, on the assistance programs of Federal, State, and local governments, and of the private sector, including information on office locations, key personnel, telephone numbers, mail and electronic addresses, and contracting and subcontracting opportunities.
“(6) Provision of Internet or other distance learning academic instruction for veterans in business subjects, including accounting, marketing, and business fundamentals.
“(7) Compilation of a list of small business concerns owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans that provide products or services that could be procured by the United States and delivery of such list to each department and agency of the United States. Such list shall be delivered in hard copy and electronic form and shall include the name and address of each such small business concern and the products or services that it provides.”
Annual Report of Administrator

Pub. L. 106–50, title VI, § 603,Aug. 17, 1999, 113 Stat. 248, provided that: “The Administrator of the Small Business Administration shall transmit annually to the Committees on Small Business and Veterans Affairs of the House of Representatives and the Senate [Committee on Small Business of Senate now Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship of Senate] a report on the needs of small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans and small business concerns owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans, which shall include information on—
“(1) the availability of Small Business Administration programs for such small business concerns and the degree of utilization of such programs by such small business concerns during the preceding 12-month period, including statistical information on such utilization as compared to the small business community as a whole;
“(2) the percentage and dollar value of Federal contracts awarded to such small business concerns during the preceding 12-month period, based on the data collected pursuant to section 604 (d) [set out below]; and
“(3) proposals to improve the access of such small business concerns to the assistance made available by the United States.”
Data and Information Collection

Pub. L. 106–50, title VI, § 604,Aug. 17, 1999, 113 Stat. 249, provided that:
“(a) Information on Federal Procurement Practices.—The Administrator of the Small Business Administration shall, for each fiscal year—
“(1) collect information concerning the procurement practices and procedures of each department and agency of the United States having procurement authority;
“(2) publish and disseminate such information to procurement officers in all Federal agencies; and
“(3) make such information available to any small business concern requesting such information.
“(b) Identification of Small Business Concerns Owned by Eligible Veterans.—Each fiscal year, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall, in consultation with the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans’ Employment and Training and the Administrator of the Small Business Administration, identify small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans in the United States. The Secretary shall inform each small business concern identified under this paragraph that information on Federal procurement is available from the Administrator.
“(c) Self-Employment Opportunities.—The Secretary of Labor, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and the Administrator of the Small Business Administration shall enter into a memorandum of understanding to provide for coordination of vocational rehabilitation services, technical and managerial assistance, and financial assistance to veterans, including service-disabled veterans, seeking to employ themselves by forming or expanding small business concerns. The memorandum of understanding shall include recommendations for expanding existing programs or establishing new programs to provide such services or assistance to such veterans.
“(d) Data Collection Required.—The Federal Procurement Data System described in section 6(d)(4)(A) of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act ([former] 41 U.S.C. 405(d)(4)(A)) [now 41 U.S.C. 1122 (a)(4)(A)] shall be modified to collect data regarding the percentage and dollar value of prime contracts and subcontracts awarded to small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans and small business concerns owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans.”
Ex. Ord. No. 13540. Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development

Ex. Ord. No. 13540, Apr. 26, 2010, 75 F.R. 22497, provided:
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 102 of title I of the Military Reservist and Veteran Small Business Reauthorization and Opportunity Act of 2008 (Public Law 110–186) (the “Act”), and in order to establish an interagency task force to coordinate the efforts of Federal agencies to improve capital, business development opportunities, and pre-established Federal contracting goals for small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans and service-disabled veterans, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Establishment. The Administrator of the Small Business Administration (Administrator) shall establish within the Small Business Administration an Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development (Task Force).
Sec. 2. Membership. The Administrator shall serve as Chair of the Task Force and shall direct its work. Other members shall consist of:
(a) a senior level representative, designated by the head of the respective department or agency, from each of the following:
(i) the Department of the Treasury;
(ii) the Department of Defense;
(iii) the Department of Labor;
(iv) the Department of Veterans Affairs;
(v) the Office of Management and Budget;
(vi) the Small Business Administration (in addition to the Administrator); and
(vii) the General Services Administration; and
(b) four representatives from a veterans’ service or military organization or association, who shall be appointed by the Administrator.
Sec. 3. Functions. Consistent with the Act and other applicable law, the Task Force shall:
(a) consult regularly with veterans service and military organizations in performing the duties of the Task Force;
(b) coordinate administrative and regulatory activities and develop proposals relating to:
(i) improving capital access and capacity of small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans and service-disabled veterans through loans, surety bonding, and franchising;
(ii) ensuring achievement of the pre-established Federal contracting goals for small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans and service-disabled veterans through expanded mentor-protege assistance and matching such small business concerns with contracting opportunities;
(iii) increasing the integrity of certifications of status as a small business concern owned and controlled by a veteran or service-disabled veteran;
(iv) reducing paperwork and administrative burdens on veterans in accessing business development and entrepreneurship opportunities;
(v) increasing and improving training and counseling services provided to small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans; and
(vi) making other improvements relating to the support for veterans business development by the Federal Government; and
(c) not later than 1 year after its first meeting and annually thereafter, forward to the President a report on the performance of its functions, including any proposals developed pursuant to subsection (b) of this section.
Sec. 4. General Provisions. (a) The Small Business Administration shall provide funding and administrative support for the Task Force to the extent permitted by law and within existing appropriations.
(b) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise effect [sic]:
(i) authority granted by law to an executive department, agency, or the head thereof; and
(ii) functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
(c) Insofar as the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.) (FACA), may apply to the Task Force, any functions of the President under the FACA, except for those in section 6 of the FACA, shall be performed by the Administrator in accordance with guidelines issued by the Administrator of General Services.
(d) This order is not intended to and does not create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
Barack Obama.
Extension of Term of Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development

Term of the Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development extended until Sept. 30, 2013, by Ex. Ord. No. 13591, Nov. 23, 2011, 76 F.R. 74623, set out as a note under section 14 of the Federal Advisory Committee Act in the Appendix to Title 5, Government Organization and Employees.
Definitions

Pub. L. 106–50, title I, § 103(b),Aug. 17, 1999, 113 Stat. 235, provided that: “In this Act [see Short Title of 1999 Amendments note set out under section 631 of this title], the definitions contained in section 3(q) of the Small Business Act [15 U.S.C. 632 (q)], as added by this section, apply.”

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