Text: H.R.4853 — 108th Congress (2003-2004)

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[H.R. 4853 Introduced in House (IH)]






108th CONGRESS
  2d Session
                                H. R. 4853

 To amend the Small Business Act to modify the women's business center 
                                program.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                             July 19, 2004

 Mrs. Kelly (for herself, Mr. Frost, Mrs. Johnson of Connecticut, Ms. 
Millender-McDonald, Ms. Granger, Mr. Shays, Mr. Kleczka, Ms. Slaughter, 
Mr. Allen, Mr. Michaud, Mr. Bonner, Mr. Moore, Mr. Udall of New Mexico, 
Mrs. Biggert, Mr. Manzullo, Mr. McGovern, Ms. DeGette, Ms. Norton, Mr. 
   Rehberg, and Mr. Cardin) introduced the following bill; which was 
              referred to the Committee on Small Business

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                                 A BILL


 
 To amend the Small Business Act to modify the women's business center 
                                program.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Women's Business Sustainability 
Extension Act of 2004''.

SEC. 2. WOMEN'S BUSINESS CENTERS.

    (a) Funding Priority.--Section 29(k) of the Small Business Act (15 
U.S.C. 656(k)) is amended--
            (1) in paragraph (2), by adding at the end the following:
                    ``(C) Funding priority.--Subject to available 
                funds, and reservation of funds, the Administration 
                shall, for fiscal year 2004, allocate--
                            ``(i) $150,000 for each eligible women's 
                        business center established under subsection 
                        (b), except for centers that request a lesser 
                        amount;
                            ``(ii) from the funds reserved under 
                        subsection (k)(4)(A), not more than $125,000 to 
                        each eligible women's business center 
                        established under subsection (l); and
                            ``(iii) any funds remaining after 
                        allocations are made under clauses (i) and (ii) 
                        to new eligible women's business centers and 
                        eligible women's business centers that did not 
                        receive funding in the prior fiscal year under 
                        subsection (b).''; and
            (2) in paragraph (4)(A), by adding at the end the 
        following:
                            ``(v) For fiscal year 2004, 48 percent.''.
    (b) Fundraising Plan.--Section 29(l)(2) of the Small Business Act 
(15 U.S.C. 656(l)(2)) is amended by adding at the end the following:
                    ``(F) for grants to be distributed after June 30, 
                2005, a plan that demonstrates a clear, fixed timeframe 
                for fundraising and self-sufficiency, unless the 
                Administrator grants an exception for an organization 
                that serves low-income or other underserved areas.''.
    (c) Reallocation of Unused Funds.--Section 29(l) of the Small 
Business Act (15 U.S.C. 656(l)) is amended by adding at the end the 
following:
            ``(6) Reallocation of unused funds.--If, at the beginning 
        of the third quarter of a women's business center funding year, 
        the Administrator determines, based on credible evidence, that 
        any portion of the amount made available to carry out this 
        subsection is unlikely to be used by a women's business center, 
        the Administration may use the unused portion to award 
        supplemental grants of not more than $25,000 to any women's 
        business center established under this section to carry out the 
        purposes of this section, subject to the provisions of this 
        section.''.
    (d) Performance Evaluations.--Section 29 of the Small Business Act 
(15 U.S.C. 656) is amended by adding at the end the following:
    ``(m) Internal Program Performance Evaluations.--
            ``(1) Access and use of information.--The Administrator of 
        the Small Business Administration may access and use client 
        contact information from women's business centers established 
        under this section solely to conduct internal program 
        performance evaluations and financial and programmatic audits.
            ``(2) Privacy requirement.--The Administrator of the Small 
        Business Administration--
                    ``(A) shall only use client information collected 
                under paragraph (1) for internal program performance 
                evaluations and financial and programmatic audits; and
                    ``(B) shall not disclose or distribute any of the 
                collected information for any other purpose.
            ``(3) Notification requirement.--A women's business center 
        shall notify each client--
                    ``(A) that information about the client will be 
                collected;
                    ``(B) the purposes for which the client information 
                may be used; and
                    ``(C) that the client, if contacted, will be 
                contacted solely for program performance evaluation or 
                audit purposes.
            ``(4) Report to congress.--The Administrator of the Small 
        Business Administration shall include findings from any 
        internal program performance evaluations in the 
        Administration's annual report to the Committee on Small 
        Business and Entrepreneurship of the Senate and the Committee 
        on Small Business of the House of Representatives.''.
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