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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 324-95
June 12, 1995

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO IMPLEMENT IMPROVEMENTS IN SMALL BUSINESS TECHNOLOGYPROGRAM

On June 2, 1995, Under Secretary of Defense Paul Kaminski gave final approval to a comprehensive set of 16 recommendations to improve the DoD's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The SBIR program is a primary vehicle through which the Department funds research and development projects at small technology companies. Program funding is expected to reach $450 million for Fiscal Year 1995.

The recommendations were developed by a process action team (PAT) comprised of representatives from the Services, the defense agencies, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. The team's objective was to increase the program's success in converting SBIR research into affordable, high-performance products which serve the needs of the Department of Defense.

The PAT adopted recommendations that first, will greatly reduce, and in some cases eliminate, delays in the SBIR evaluation and contracting process. These recommendations will make it less difficult for small companies to develop their research into new products serving DoD. Secondly, the recommendations establish a high-priority, fast-track process for SBIR research projects that identify outside sources of financing to help develop the SBIR research into actual products. Finally, the recommendations strengthen communications between the small companies participating in the program and their customers within DoD, in order to increase the responsiveness of SBIR research and to the Department's needs.

In approving the recommendations for implementation, Kaminski said that they represent "a major step forward in harnessing the innovative talents of small technology companies for the benefit of both the Department of Defense and the U.S. economy. I am dedicated to the success of this effort."

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