15 U.S. Code § 278k - Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership
The term “eligible entity” means a United States-based nonprofit institution, or consortium thereof, an institution of higher education, or a State, United States territory, local, or tribal government.
The term “Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership” or “Program” means the program established under subsection (b).
The term “MEP Advisory Board” means the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board established under subsection (n).
For purposes of paragraph (2), any amount received by an eligible entity for a Center under a provision of law other than paragraph (1) shall not be considered an amount provided under paragraph (1).
The Secretary may revise or promulgate such regulations as necessary to carry out this subsection.
An eligible entity shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.
To be considered for financial assistance under this section, an applicant shall provide adequate assurances that the applicant and if applicable, the applicant’s partnering organizations, will obtain funding for not less than 50 percent of the capital and annual operating and maintenance funds required to establish and support the Center from sources other than the financial assistance provided under subsection (e).
The Secretary shall subject each application to merit review.
For each evaluation panel appointed under subparagraph (B), the Secretary shall appoint a chairperson who is an official of the Institute.
An eligible entity that has received financial assistance under this section for a period of 10 consecutive years and that the Secretary determines is in good standing shall be eligible to compete in the competition under paragraph (1).
Not later than 180 days after January 6, 2017, the Secretary shall implement and submit to Congress a plan for how the Institute will conduct an evaluation, competition, and reapplication competition under this section.
The Director shall establish appropriate standards for each board described under paragraph (1).
In addition to such sums as may be appropriated to the Secretary and Director to operate the Program, the Secretary and Director may also accept funds from other Federal departments and agencies and from the private sector under section 272(c)(7) of this title, to be available to the extent provided by appropriations Acts, for the purpose of strengthening United States manufacturing.
There is established within the Institute a Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board.
The MEP Advisory Board shall consist of not fewer than 10 members appointed by the Director and broadly representative of stakeholders.
No member of the MEP Advisory Board shall be an employee of the Federal Government.
Except as provided in subparagraph (C), the term of office of each member of the MEP Advisory Board shall be 3 years.
Any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which his predecessor was appointed shall be appointed for the remainder of such term.
In discharging its duties under this subsection, the MEP Advisory Board shall function solely in an advisory capacity, in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.).
As part of the Program, the Secretary shall develop open access resources that address best practices related to inventory sourcing, supply chain management, manufacturing techniques, available Federal resources, and other topics to further the competitiveness and profitability of small manufacturers.
 So in original. Probably should refer to subsec. (m).
 So in original.
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Subsections (c) and (d) of section 278i of this title, referred to in subsec. (m)(5)(B), which related to 3-year programmatic planning documents and annual updates, were repealed by Pub. L. 114–329, title II, § 204(a)(1)(B)(i), Jan. 6, 2017, 130 Stat. 2998.
2017—Pub. L. 114–329 amended section generally. Prior to amendment, section related to establishment of regional centers for the transfer of manufacturing technology, the MEP Advisory Board, a competitive grant program, and an innovative services initiative.
2011—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 111–358, § 404(f)(3)(A), substituted “regional centers for the transfer of manufacturing technology” for “Regional Centers for the Transfer of Manufacturing Technology” in introductory provisions.
Subsec. (a)(6). Pub. L. 111–358, § 404(a), added par. (6).
Subsec. (c)(7), (8). Pub. L. 111–358, § 404(d), added pars. (7) and (8).
Subsec. (e)(4). Pub. L. 111–358, § 404(e), amended par. (4) generally. Prior to amendment, text read as follows: “In discharging its duties under this subsection, the MEP Advisory Board shall function solely in an advisory capacity, in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act.”
Subsec. (f)(3). Pub. L. 111–358, § 703(a), substituted “to add capabilities to the MEP program, including the development of” for “to develop” and “Centers may be reimbursed for costs incurred under the program. These themes—” for “These themes shall be related to projects associated with manufacturing extension activities, including supply chain integration and quality management, and including the transfer of technology based on the technological needs of manufacturers and available technologies from institutions of higher education, laboratories, and other technology producing entities, or extend beyond these traditional areas.” and added subpars. (A) to (C).
Pub. L. 111–358, § 404(i), substituted “Director of the Hollings MEP program,” for “Director of the Centers program,”.
Subsec. (f)(5). Pub. L. 111–358, § 703(b), amended par. (5) generally. Prior to amendment, text read as follows: “Awards under this subsection shall be peer reviewed and competitively awarded. The Director shall select proposals to receive awards—
“(A) that utilize innovative or collaborative approaches to solving the problem described in the competition;
“(C) that will contribute to the long-term economic stability of that region.”
Subsec. (f)(7). Pub. L. 111–358, § 703(c), added par. (7) relating to duration.
Subsec. (f)(8), (9). Pub. L. 111–358, § 703(c), added pars. (8) and (9).
Subsec. (g). Pub. L. 111–358, § 404(b), added subsec. (g).
Subsec. (h). Pub. L. 111–358, § 404(c), added subsec. (h).
Subsec. (i). Pub. L. 111–358, § 404(f)(1), added subsec. (i).
Subsec. (j). Pub. L. 111–358, § 404(f)(3)(B), added subsec. (j).
Subsec. (k). Pub. L. 111–358, § 404(h), added subsec. (k).
2010—Subsec. (f)(7). Pub. L. 111–240 added par. (7) relating to global marketplace projects.
2007—Subsec. (c)(3). Pub. L. 110–69, § 3003(a), amended par. (3) generally. Prior to amendment, par. (3) read as follows: “Any nonprofit institution, or group thereof, or consortia of nonprofit institutions, including entities existing on August 23, 1988, may submit to the Secretary an application for financial support under this subsection, in accordance with the procedures established by the Secretary and published in the Federal Register under paragraph (2). In order to receive assistance under this section, an applicant shall provide adequate assurances that it will contribute 50 percent or more of the proposed Center’s capital and annual operating and maintenance costs for the first three years and an increasing share for each of the last three years. Each applicant shall also submit a proposal for the allocation of the legal rights associated with any invention which may result from the proposed Center’s activities.”
Subsec. (c)(5). Pub. L. 110–69, § 3003(b), inserted “A Center that has not received a positive evaluation by the evaluation panel shall be notified by the panel of the deficiencies in its performance and shall be placed on probation for one year, after which time the panel shall reevaluate the Center. If the Center has not addressed the deficiencies identified by the panel, or shown a significant improvement in its performance, the Director shall conduct a new competition to select an operator for the Center or may close the Center.” after “at declining levels.”
Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 110–69, § 3003(c), added subsec. (d) and struck out former subsec. (d). Text of former subsec. (d) read as follows: “In addition to such sums as may be authorized and appropriated to the Secretary and Director to operate the Centers program, the Secretary and Director also may accept funds from other Federal departments and agencies for the purpose of providing Federal funds to support Centers. Any Center which is supported with funds which originally came from other Federal departments and agencies shall be selected and operated according to the provisions of this section.”
Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 110–69, § 3003(d), added subsec. (e).
Subsec. (f). Pub. L. 110–69, § 3003(e), added subsec. (f).
1998—Subsec. (c)(5). Pub. L. 105–309 substituted “. 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.” for “, which are designed to ensure that the Center no longer needs financial support from the Institute by the seventh year. In no event shall funding for a Center be provided by the Department of Commerce after the sixth year of the operation of a Center.”
1992—Subsec. (c)(6). Pub. L. 102–245, § 105(e)(1), inserted before period at end “except for contracts for such specific technology extension or transfer services as may be specified by statute or by the Director”.
Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 102–245, § 105(e)(2), amended subsec. (d) generally. Prior to amendment, subsec. (d) read as follows: “There are authorized to be appropriated for the purposes of carrying out this section, a combined total of not to exceed $40,000,000 for fiscal years 1989 and 1990. Such sums shall remain available until expended.”
Pub. L. 108–447, div. B, title II, Dec. 8, 2004, 118 Stat. 2879, which in part renamed the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program authorized under this section as the Hollings Manufacturing Partnership Program and which named the centers established and receiving funding under former subsec. (a) of this section the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Centers, was repealed by Pub. L. 111–358, title IV, § 404(f)(2), Jan. 4, 2011, 124 Stat. 4002.
Similar provisions were contained in the following prior appropriation act:
Pub. L. 105–277, div. A, § 101(b) [title II], Oct. 21, 1998, 112 Stat. 2681–50, 2681–83, which provided that Federal financial assistance awarded by the Secretary of Commerce to a Regional Center for the Transfer of Manufacturing Technology could continue beyond six years and could be renewed for additional periods, not to exceed one year, at a rate not to exceed one-third of the Center’s total annual costs or the level of funding in the sixth year, whichever was less, subject before any such renewal to a positive evaluation of the Center and to a finding by the Secretary of Commerce that continuation of Federal funding to the Center was in the best interest of the Regional Centers for the Transfer of Manufacturing Technology Program, was from the Departments of Commerce Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1999, and was not repeated in subsequent appropriations Acts. Similar provisions were contained in the following prior appropriation acts:
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