Semiannual Regulatory Agenda, 1636-1645 [2012-31507]

Download as PDF 1636 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 5 / Tuesday, January 8, 2013 / Unified Agenda SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION 13 CFR Ch. I Semiannual Regulatory Agenda U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). ACTION: Semiannual Regulatory Agenda. AGENCY: This Regulatory Agenda is a semiannual summary of all current and projected rulemakings, existing regulations, and completed actions of the Small Business Administration (SBA). For this fall edition of the SBA’s Regulatory Agenda, a Regulatory Plan that contains a list of the Agency’s most important and significant regulatory actions and a Statement of Regulatory Priorities is also included. This plan appears in both the online Unified Agenda and in part II of the Federal Register editions that include the abbreviated Unified Agenda. This agenda provides the public with information about SBA’s regulatory activity. SBA invites the public to submit comments on any aspect of this Agenda. SBA expects that providing early information about pending regulatory activities would encourage more effective public participation in this process. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUMMARY: General Please direct general comments or inquiries to Martin ‘‘Sparky’’ Conrey, Assistant General Counsel for Legislation and Appropriations, U.S. Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., Washington, DC 20416, (202) 619–0638, martin.conrey@sba.gov. Specific Please direct specific comments and inquiries on individual regulatory activities identified in this agenda to the individual listed in the summary of the regulation as the point of contact for that regulation. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SBA provides this notice under the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. sections 601 to 612 and Executive Order 12866, ‘‘Regulatory Planning and Review,’’ which require each agency to publish a semiannual agenda of regulations. The Regulatory Agenda is a summary of all current and projected rulemakings during the coming one-year period, as well as actions completed since the publication of the last Regulatory Agenda for the agency. Beginning with the fall 2007 edition, the Internet became the basic means for disseminating the Unified Agenda. The complete Unified Agenda will be available online at www.reginfo.gov in a format that greatly enhances a user’s ability to obtain information about the rules in the agency’s Agenda. The Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) also requires federal agencies to publish their regulatory flexibility agendas in the Federal Register. A regulatory flexibility agenda contains only those rules listed in the semi-annual agenda that are likely to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities, and those rules identified for periodic review in keeping with the requirements of section 610 of the RFA. This regulatory flexibility agenda may be combined with any other agenda. Therefore, SBA’s Fall 2012 Regulatory Agenda includes, as a subset, those regulatory actions that are in the SBA’s regulatory flexibility agenda. Printing of these entries is limited to fields that contain information required by the RFA requirements. Additional information on these entries is available in the Unified Agenda published on the Internet. Dated: September 13, 2012. Karen G. Mills, Administrator. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION—PROPOSED RULE STAGE Regulation Identifier No. Sequence No. Title 380 .................... 381 .................... 382 .................... Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) Program Revisions ............................................................... SBA Express Loan Program; Export Express Program .................................................................................. Implementation of Small Business Disaster Response and Loan Improvement Act of 2008: Expedited Disaster Assistance Program. Implementation of Small Business Disaster Response and Loan Improvement Act of 2008: Private Loan Disaster Program. Women’s Business Center Program ................................................................................................................ 504 and 7(a) Regulatory Enhancements (Reg Plan Seq No. 98) .................................................................. Small Business Jobs Act: Small Business Size Standards; Alternative Size Standard for 7(a) and 504 Business Loan Programs. ´ ´ Small Business Jobs Act: Small Business Mentor-Protege Programs (Reg Plan Seq No. 99) .................... Small Business HUBZone Program ................................................................................................................. Agent Revocation and Suspension Procedures .............................................................................................. Small Business Size Standards: Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction .......................................... Small Business Size Standards for Wholesale Trade ..................................................................................... Small Business Size Standards for Manufacturing ......................................................................................... Small Business Size Standards for Other Industries With Employee-Based Size Standards not Part of Manufacturing or Wholesale Trade. 383 .................... 384 .................... 385 .................... 386 .................... 387 388 389 390 391 392 393 .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... 3245–AE05 3245–AF85 3245–AF88 3245–AF99 3245–AG02 3245–AG04 3245–AG16 3245–AG24 3245–AG38 3245–AG40 3245–AG44 3245–AG49 3245–AG50 3245–AG51 References in boldface appear in The Regulatory Plan in part II of this issue of the Federal Register. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION—FINAL RULE STAGE mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with Sequence No. 394 395 396 397 .................... .................... .................... .................... 398 .................... VerDate Mar<15>2010 Regulation Identifier No. Title Lender Oversight Program ............................................................................................................................... Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Policy Directive (Reg Plan Seq No. 100) .............................. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Policy Directive (Reg Plan Seq No. 101) ................ Acquisition Process: Task and Delivery Order Contracts, Bundling, Consolidation (Reg Plan Seq No. 102). Small Business Jobs Act: Subcontract Integrity .............................................................................................. 20:28 Jan 07, 2013 Jkt 229001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 E:\FR\FM\08JAP18.SGM 08JAP18 3245–AE14 3245–AF45 3245–AF84 3245–AG20 3245–AG22 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 5 / Tuesday, January 8, 2013 / Unified Agenda 1637 SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION—FINAL RULE STAGE—Continued Sequence No. 399 400 401 402 403 404 405 .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... Regulation Identifier No. Title Small Business Jobs Act: Small Business Size and Status Integrity .............................................................. Small Business Size Standards for Utilities ..................................................................................................... Small Business Size Standards: Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation ........................................................... Small Business Size Standards: Construction ................................................................................................ Small Business Size Standards: Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, and Hunting ................................................ Small Business Size Standards: Finance and Insurance; Management of Companies and Enterprises ...... Small Business Size Regulations, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program. 3245–AG23 3245–AG25 3245–AG36 3245–AG37 3245–AG43 3245–AG45 3245–AG46 References in boldface appear in The Regulatory Plan in part II of this issue of the Federal Register. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION—COMPLETED ACTIONS Regulation Identifier No. Sequence No. Title 406 .................... 407 .................... Small Business Size Standards; Information ................................................................................................... Small Business Size Standards; Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services. Small Business Size Standards: Real Estate, Rental and Leasing ................................................................ Small Business Size Standards: Educational Services ................................................................................... Small Business Size Standards: Health Care and Social Assistance ............................................................ Small Business Investment Companies—Early Stage SBICs ......................................................................... 408 409 410 411 .................... .................... .................... .................... SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA) Proposed Rule Stage 380. Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) Program Revisions Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 634(b)(6); 15 U.S.C. 648 Abstract: This rule would update Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program regulations by amending among other things, the: (1) procedures for approving and funding of SBDCs; (2) approval procedures for travel outside the continental U.S. and U.S. territories; (3) procedures and requirements regarding findings and disputes resulting from financial exams, programmatic reviews, accreditation reviews, and other SBA oversight activities; (4) requirements for new and renewal applications for SBDC awards, including the requirements for electronic submission through the approved electronic Government submission facility; and (5) provisions regarding the collection and use of individual SBDC client data. Timetable: Date NPRM .................. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with Action FR Cite 06/00/13 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: John C. Lyford, Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Small Development Centers, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., Washington, DC 20416, VerDate Mar<15>2010 20:28 Jan 07, 2013 Jkt 229001 Phone: 202 205–7159, Fax: 202 481– 2613, Email: chancy.lyford@sba.gov. RIN: 3245–AE05 381. SBA Express Loan Program; Export Express Program Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 636(a)(31) and (35) Abstract: SBA plans to issue regulations for the SBA Express loan program codified in section 7(a)(31) of the Small Business Act. The SBA Express loan program reduces the number of Government mandated forms and procedures, streamlines the processing and reduces the cost of smaller, less complex SBA loans. Particular features of the SBA Express loan program include: (1) SBA Express loans carry a maximum SBA guaranty of 50 percent; (2) a response to an SBA Express loan application will be given within 36 hours; (3) lenders and borrowers can negotiate the interest rate, which may not exceed SBA maximums; and (4) qualified lenders may be granted authorization to make eligibility determinations. SBA also plans to issue regulations for the Export Express Program codified at 7(a)(35) of the Small Business Act. The Export Express Program, made permanent by the Small Business Jobs Act, makes guaranteed financing available for export development activities. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. 06/00/13 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 FR Cite 3245–AG26 3245–AG27 3245–AG28 3245–AG29 3245–AG30 3245–AG32 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Grady Hedgespeth, Director, Office of Financial Assistance, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205–7562, Fax: 202 481–0248, Email: grady.hedgespeth@sba.gov. RIN: 3245–AF85 382. Implementation of Small Business Disaster Response and Loan Improvement Act of 2008: Expedited Disaster Assistance Program Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 636(j) Abstract: This proposed rule would establish and implement an expedited disaster assistance business loan program under which the SBA will guarantee short-term loans made by private lenders to eligible small businesses located in a catastrophic disaster area. The maximum loan amount is $150,000, and SBA will guarantee timely payment of principal and interest to the lender. The maximum loan term will be 180 days, and the interest rate will be limited to 300 basis points over the Federal funds rate. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. FR Cite 04/00/13 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Grady Hedgespeth, Director, Office of Financial Assistance, Small Business Administration, 409 E:\FR\FM\08JAP18.SGM 08JAP18 1638 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 5 / Tuesday, January 8, 2013 / Unified Agenda Third Street SW., Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205–7562, Fax: 202 481–0248, Email: grady.hedgespeth@sba.gov. RIN: 3245–AF88 383. Implementation of Small Business Disaster Response and Loan Improvement Act of 2008: Private Loan Disaster Program Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 636 Abstract: This proposed rule would establish and implement a private disaster loan program under which SBA will guarantee loans made by qualified lenders to eligible small businesses and homeowners located in a catastrophic disaster area. Private disaster loans made under this programs will have the same terms and conditions as SBA’s direct disaster loans. In addition, SBA will guarantee timely payment of principal and interest to the lender. SBA may guarantee up to 85 percent of any loan under this program and the maximum loan amount is $2 million. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. FR Cite 06/00/13 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Grady Hedgespeth, Director, Office of Financial Assistance, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205–7562, Fax: 202 481–0248, Email: grady.hedgespeth@sba.gov. RIN: 3245–AF99 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with 384. Women’s Business Center Program Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 631; 15 U.S.C. 656 Abstract: SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO) oversees a network of SBA-funded Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) throughout the United States and its territories. WBCs provide management and technical assistance to small business concerns both nascent and established, with a focus on such businesses that are owned and controlled by women, or on women planning to start a business, especially women who are economically or socially disadvantaged. The training and counseling provided by the WBCs encompass a comprehensive array of topics, such as finance, management and marketing in various languages. This rule would propose to codify the requirements and procedures that govern the delivery, funding and evaluation of the management and technical assistance provided under the WBC Program. The rule would address, VerDate Mar<15>2010 20:28 Jan 07, 2013 Jkt 229001 among other things, the eligibility criteria for selection as a WBC, use of federal funds, standards for effectively carrying out program duties and responsibilities, and the requirements for reporting on financial and programmatic performance. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. FR Cite 09/00/13 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Ana Harvey, Assistant Administrator, Office of Women’s Business Ownership, Small Business Administration, 409 3rd Street SW., Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205–6677, Email: ana.harvey@sba.gov. RIN: 3245–AG02 385. 504 and 7(A) Regulatory Enhancements Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 98 in part II of this issue of the Federal Register. RIN: 3245–AG04 386. Small Business Jobs Act: Small Business Size Standards; Alternative Size Standard for 7(A) and 504 Business Loan Programs Legal Authority: Pub. L. 111–240, sec 1116 Abstract: SBA will amend its size eligibility criteria for Business Loans and for development company loans under title V of the Small Business Investment Act (504). For the SBA 7(a) Business Loan Program, the amendments will provide an alternative size standard for loan applicants that do not meet the small business size standards for their industries. For the 504 Program, the amendments will increase the current alternative standard for applicants for 504 loans. The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (Jobs Act) established alternative size standards that apply to both of these programs until the SBA’s Administrator establishes other alternative size standards. This interim final rule will be effective when published because the alternative size standards that the Jobs Act established were effective September 27, 2010, the date of its enactment. These alternative size standards do not affect other Federal government programs, including Federal procurement. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. 10/00/13 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 FR Cite Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Dr. Khem Raj Sharma, Chief, Office of Size Standards, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205–7189, Fax: 202 205–6390, Email: khem.sharma@sba.gov. RIN: 3245–AG16 387. Small Business Jobs Act: Small ´ ´ Business Mentor-Protege Programs Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 99 in part II of this issue of the Federal Register. RIN: 3245–AG24 388. Small Business Hubzone Program Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 657a Abstract: SBA has been reviewing its processes and procedures for implementing the HUBZone program and has determined that several of the regulations governing the program should be amended in order to resolve certain issues that have arisen. As a result, the proposed rule would constitute a comprehensive revision of part 126 of SBA’s regulations to clarify current HUBZone Program regulations, and implement various new procedures. These planned amendments will serve to streamline the HUBZone program and ease program eligibility requirements, particularly those that the small business concerns perceive to be burdensome. In developing this proposed rule, SBA will focus on the principles of Executive Order 13563 to determine whether portions of regulations should be modified, streamlined, expanded or repealed to make the HUBZone program more effective and/or less burdensome on small business concerns. At the same time, SBA will maintain a framework that helps identify and reduce waste, fraud and abuse in the program. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. FR Cite 10/00/13 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Mariana Pardo, Deputy Director, Office of Hubzone, Small Business Administration, 409 3rd Street SW., Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205–2985, Email: mariana.pardo@sba.gov. RIN: 3245–AG38 389. Agent Revocation and Suspension Procedures Legal Authority: Not Yet Determined Abstract: These changes to 13 CFR sections 103, 134, and 2 CFR 2700 lay E:\FR\FM\08JAP18.SGM 08JAP18 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 5 / Tuesday, January 8, 2013 / Unified Agenda out a procedural process for SBA’s revocation of the privilege of agents to conduct business with the Agency. Included in this process are procedure for proposed revocation, the opportunity to object to the proposed revocation, the revocation decision, as well as requests for reconsideration. These procedures also provide for suspension of the privilege to conduct business with the Agency pending a revocation action. In addition, these changes remove Office of Hearings and Appeals review of suspension, revocation, and debarment actions by SBA. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. FR Cite 02/00/13 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Christopher J McClintock, Trial Attorney, Small Business Administration, 409 3rd Street SW., Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205–7715, Email: christoper.mcclintock@sba.gov. RIN: 3245–AG40 390. Small Business Size Standards: Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a) Abstract: SBA has received numerous comments from businesses, industry associations and other Federal agencies that SBA’s small business size standards have not kept pace with changes in industry structure and Federal government contracting marketplace. SBA also recognizes that such changes require a re-evaluation of existing small business size standards. As a result, SBA is conducting a comprehensive review of all small business size standards to determine whether the existing size standards should be retained or revised. In addition, the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 directs SBA to conduct a detailed review of all size standards and to make appropriate adjustments to reflect market conditions. Accordingly, in this proposed rule, SBA will evaluate each industry within the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sector 21, Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction, and revise, as necessary, size standards for the sector. This is one of a series of proposed rules that will examine industries grouped by a NAICS Sector. Timetable: Action Date FR Cite NPRM .................. 12/06/12 77 FR 72766 VerDate Mar<15>2010 20:28 Jan 07, 2013 Jkt 229001 Action Date NPRM Comment Period End. Final Action ......... FR Cite 02/04/13 09/00/13 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Dr. Khem Raj Sharma, Chief, Office of Size Standards, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205–7189, Fax: 202 205–6390, Email: khem.sharma@sba.gov. RIN: 3245–AG44 391. • Small Business Size Standards for Wholesale Trade Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a) Abstract: SBA is conducting a comprehensive review of all small business size standards to determine whether the existing size standards should be retained or revised. As part of this effort, SBA has evaluated each industry in North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sector 42, Wholesale Trade, and revised these employee-based size standards for certain industries in the sector. This is one of the rules that will examine industries grouped by an NAICS Sector. SBA has applied its ‘‘Size Standards Methodology,’’ which is available on its Web site at http://www.sba.gov/size, to this purposed rule. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. FR Cite 03/00/13 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Dr. Khem Raj Sharma, Chief, Office of Size Standards, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205–7189, Fax: 202 205–6390, Email: khem.sharma@sba.gov. RIN: 3245–AG49 392. • Small Business Size Standards for Manufacturing Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a) Abstract: SBA is conducting a comprehensive review of all small business size standards to determine whether the existing size standards should be retained or revised. As part of this effort, SBA has evaluated each industry in North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sector 31–33, Manufacturing, and revised these employee-based size standards for certain industries in the sector. This is one of the rules that will examine industries grouped by an NAICS Sector. PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 1639 SBA has applied its ‘‘Size Standards Methodology,’’ which is available on its Web site at http://www.sba.gov/size, to this proposed rule. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. FR Cite 03/00/13 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Dr. Khem Raj Sharma, Chief, Office of Size Standards, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205–7189, Fax: 202 205–6390, Email: khem.sharma@sba.gov. RIN: 3245–AG50 393. • Small Business Size Standards for Other Industries With EmployeeBased Size Standards not Part of Manufacturing or Wholesale Trade Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a) Abstract: SBA is conducting a comprehensive review of all small business size standards to determine whether the existing size standards should be retained or revised. As part of this effort, SBA has evaluated each industry that has an employee-based standard but is not part of North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sector 31–33, Manufacturing, or Sector 42, Wholesale Trade, and revised size standards for some of those industries. This is one of the rules that will examine industries grouped by an NAICS Sector. SBA has applied its ‘‘Size Standards Methodology,’’ which is available on its Web site at http://www.sba.gov/size, to this proposed rule. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. FR Cite 03/00/13 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Dr. Khem Raj Sharma, Chief, Office of Size Standards, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205–7189, Fax: 202 205–6390, Email: khem.sharma@sba.gov. RIN: 3245–AG51 E:\FR\FM\08JAP18.SGM 08JAP18 1640 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 5 / Tuesday, January 8, 2013 / Unified Agenda SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA) 395. Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Policy Directive Final Rule Stage Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 100 in part II of this issue of the Federal Register. RIN: 3245–AF45 394. Lender Oversight Program Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 634(5)(b)(6),(b)(7),(b)(14),(h) and note; 687(f), 697(e)(c)(8), and 650 Abstract: This rule implements the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) statutory authority under the Small Business Reauthorization and Manufacturing Assistance Act of 2004 (Reauthorization Act) to regulate Small Business Lending Companies (SBLCs) and non-federally regulated lenders (NFRLs). It also conforms SBA rules for the section 7(a) Business Loan Program and the Certified Development Company (CDC) Program. In particular, this rule: (1) Defines SBLCs and NFRLs; (2) clarifies SBA’s authority to regulate SBLCs and NFRLs; (3) authorizes SBA to set certain minimum capital standards for SBLCs, to issue cease and desist orders, and revoke or suspend lending authority of SBLCs and NFRLs; (4) establishes the Bureau of Premier Certified Lender Program Oversight in the Office of Credit Risk Management; (5) transfers existing SBA enforcement authority over CDCs from the Office of Financial Assistance to the appropriate official in the Office of Capital Access; and (6) defines SBA’s oversight and enforcement authorities relative to all SBA lenders participating in the 7(a) and CDC programs and intermediaries in the Microloan program. Timetable: Date FR Cite NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period Extended. NPRM Comment Period End. Interim Final Rule Interim Final Rule Comment Period End. Interim Final Rule Effective. Final Rule ............ mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with Action 10/31/07 12/20/07 72 FR 61752 72 FR 72264 02/29/08 12/11/08 03/11/09 73 FR 75498 Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 101 in part II of this issue of the Federal Register. RIN: 3245–AF84 397. Acquisition Process: Task and Delivery Order Contracts, Bundling, Consolidation Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 102 in part II of this issue of the Federal Register. RIN: 3245–AG20 398. Small Business Jobs Act: Subcontract Integrity Legal Authority: Pub. L. 111–240, sec 1321 and 1322, 1334 Abstract: These regulations address subcontracting compliance and the interrelationship between contracting offices, small business offices, and program offices relating to oversight and review activities. The regulation also addresses the statutory requirement that a large business prime contractor must represent that it will make good faith efforts to award subcontracts to small businesses at the same percentage as indicated in the subcontracting plan submitted as part of its proposal for a contract and that if the percentage is not met, the large business prime contractor must provide a written justification and explanation to the contracting officer. Finally, the regulation also addresses the statutory requirement that a prime contractor must notify the contracting officer in writing if it has paid a reduced price to a subcontractor for goods and services or if the payment to the subcontractor is more than 90 days past due. Timetable: 01/12/09 Action Date FR Cite 06/00/13 NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. NPRM Comment Period Reopened. Second NPRM Comment Period End. Final Action ......... 10/05/11 12/05/11 76 FR 61626 12/01/11 76 FR 74749 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Brent Ciurlino, Director, Office of Credit Risk Management, Small Business Administration, 409 3rd Street SW., Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205– 6538, Email: brent.ciurlino@sba.gov. RIN: 3245–AE14 VerDate Mar<15>2010 396. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Policy Directive 23:43 Jan 07, 2013 Jkt 229001 01/06/12 03/00/13 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 Agency Contact: Dean R. Koppel, Assistant Director, Office of Policy and Research, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205– 7322, Fax: 202 481–1540, Email: dean.koppel@sba.gov. RIN: 3245–AG22 399. Small Business Jobs Act: Small Business Size and Status Integrity Legal Authority: Pub. L. 111–240, sec 1341 and 1343 Abstract: These regulations address the intentional misrepresentations of small business status as a ‘‘presumption of loss against the Government.’’ In addition, the rule addresses the statutory requirement that no business may continue to certify itself as small on the System for Award Management (SAM) without first providing an annual certification. Timetable: Action Date FR Cite NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. NPRM Comment Period Extended. NPRM Extended Comment Period End. Final Action ......... 10/07/11 11/07/11 76 FR 62313 11/08/11 76 FR 69154 12/08/11 03/00/13 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Dean R. Koppel, Assistant Director, Office of Policy and Research, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205– 7322, Fax: 202 481–1540, Email: dean.koppel@sba.gov. RIN: 3245–AG23 400. Small Business Size Standards for Utilities Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a) Abstract: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) proposes to revise the small business size standards for nine industries in North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sector 22, Utilities. Six of those industries deal with electric power generation, distribution and transmission (NAICS 221111, NAICS 221112, NAICS 221113, NAICS 221119, NAICS 221121, and NAICS 221122) and have a common size standard based on electric output. For those six industries, SBA proposes to replace the current size standard of 4 million megawatt hours in electric output with an employee based size standard of 500 employees. SBA also proposes to increase the small E:\FR\FM\08JAP18.SGM 08JAP18 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 5 / Tuesday, January 8, 2013 / Unified Agenda business size standards for three industries in NAICS Sector 22 that have receipt based size standards, namely— NAICS 221310, Water Supply and Irrigation Systems, from $7 million to $25.5 million; NAICS 221320, Sewage Treatment Facilities, from $7 million to $19 million; and NAICS 221330, Steam and Air-conditioning Supply, from $12.5 million to $14 million. As part of its ongoing initiative to review all size standards, SBA evaluated all industries in NAICS Sector 22 that have either electric output based or receipts based size standards to determine whether the existing size standards should be retained or revised. This rule is one of the rules that will examine industries grouped by NAICS sector. SBA has applied its ‘‘Size Standards Methodology,’’ which is available on its Web site at http://www.sba.gov/size, to this proposed rule. Timetable: Action Date FR Cite NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ 07/19/12 09/17/12 77 FR 42441 03/00/13 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Dr. Khem Raj Sharma, Chief, Office of Size Standards, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205–7189, Fax: 202 205–6390, Email: khem.sharma@sba.gov. RIN: 3245–AG25 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with 401. Small Business Size Standards: Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a) Abstract: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will increase the small business size standards for 17 industries in North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sector 71, Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation. As part of its ongoing comprehensive review of all size standards, SBA has evaluated all size standards in NAICS Sector 71 to determine whether the existing size standards should be retained or revised. This is one of the rules that will examine industries grouped by an NAICS Sector. SBA has applied its ‘‘Size Standards Methodology,’’ which is available on its Web site at http://www.sba.gov/size, to this proposed rule. Timetable: Action Date NPRM Comment Period End. Final Action ......... FR Cite 09/17/12 03/00/13 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Khem Raj Sharma, Chief, Office of Size Standards, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205–6390, Fax: 202 205– 6390. RIN: 3245–AG36 402. Small Business Size Standards: Construction Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a) Abstract: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will increase small business size standards for one industry and one sub-industry in North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sector 23, Construction. SBA will also increase the size standard for NAICS 237210, Land Subdivision, from $7 million to $25 million and the size standard for Dredging and Surface Cleanup Activities, a sub-industry category (or an ‘‘exception’’) under NAICS 237990, Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction, from $20 million to $30 million in average annual receipts. As part of its ongoing comprehensive size standards review, SBA has evaluated all size standards in NAICS Sector 23 to determine whether they should be retained or revised. This is one of the rules that examines size standards of industries grouped by NAICS Sector. SBA has applied its ‘‘Size Standards Methodology,’’ which is available on its Web site at http://www.sba.gov/size, to this rule. Timetable: Action Date FR Cite NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ 07/18/12 09/17/12 77 FR 42197 03/00/13 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Khem Raj Sharma, Chief, Office of Size Standards, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205–6390, Fax: 202 205– 6390. RIN: 3245–AG37 Action Date FR Cite 403. Small Business Size Standards: Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, and Hunting NPRM .................. 07/18/12 77 FR 42211 Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a) VerDate Mar<15>2010 20:28 Jan 07, 2013 Jkt 229001 PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 1641 Abstract: This rule increases the small business size standards for 11 industries in North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sector 11, Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting. As part of its ongoing comprehensive review of all small business size standards, SBA evaluated receipts based size standards for 16 industries and two sub-industries in NAICS Sector 11 to determine whether they should be retained or revised. SBA did not review size standards for 46 industries in NAICS Sector 11 that are currently set by statute at $750,000 in average annual receipts. SBA also did not review the 500-employee based size standard for NAICS 113310, Logging, but will review it in the near future with other employee based size standards. In developing the revised size standards, SBA has applied its ‘‘Size Standards Methodology,’’ which is available on the Agency’s Web site at http:// www.sba.gov/size. Timetable: Action Date FR Cite NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Action ......... 09/11/12 11/13/12 77 FR 55755 05/00/13 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Dr. Khem Raj Sharma, Chief, Office of Size Standards, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205–7189, Fax: 202 205–6390, Email: khem.sharma@sba.gov. RIN: 3245–AG43 404. Small Business Size Standards: Finance and Insurance; Management of Companies and Enterprises Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a) Abstract: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is increasing the small business size standards for 37 industries in North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sector 52, Finance and Insurance, and for two industries in NAICS Sector 55, Management of Companies and Enterprises. In addition, SBA proposes to change the measure of size from average assets to average receipts for NAICS 522293, International Trade Financing. As part of its ongoing comprehensive size standards review, SBA evaluated all receipts based and assets based size standards in NAICS Sectors 52 and 55 to determine whether they should be retained or revised. In developing the revised standards, SBA relied on the methodology set forth in E:\FR\FM\08JAP18.SGM 08JAP18 1642 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 5 / Tuesday, January 8, 2013 / Unified Agenda its ‘‘Size Standards Methodology,’’ which is available at www.sba.gov/size. Timetable: Action Date FR Cite NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Action ......... 09/11/12 11/13/12 77 FR 55737 04/00/13 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Dr. Khem Raj Sharma, Chief, Office of Size Standards, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205–7189, Fax: 202 205–6390, Email: khem.sharma@sba.gov. RIN: 3245–AG45 405. Small Business Size Regulations, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a); Pub. L. 111–81, sec 5107 Abstract: SBA is amending its regulations as they relate to size and eligibility for the SBIR and STTR programs. The revised amendments implement provisions of the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011. The amendments address ownership, control and affilation for participants in these programs, including participants that are majority owned by multiple venture capital operating companies, private equity firms or hedge funds. The regulations also address whether the participant is owned by domestic or foreign business concerns. Timetable: Action Date FR Cite NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Action ......... 05/15/12 07/16/12 77 FR 28520 12/00/12 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Edsel M. Brown Jr., Assistant Director, Office of Innovation, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205–6450, Email: edsel.brown@sba.gov. RIN: 3245–AG46 SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA) Completed Actions 406. Small Business Size Standards; Information Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a) VerDate Mar<15>2010 20:28 Jan 07, 2013 Jkt 229001 Abstract: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) proposes to increase small business size standards for 15 industries in North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sector 51, Information. As part of its ongoing comprehensive review of all size standards, SBA evaluated all receipts-based size standards in NAICS Sector 51 to determine whether they should be retained or revised. This proposed rule is one of a series of proposals that examines size standards of industries grouped by NAICS Sector. SBA has applied its ‘‘Size Standards Methodology,’’ which is available on its Web site at http://www.sba.gov/size, to this proposed rule. Completed: Reason Date FR Cite Final Rule ............ Final Rule Effective. 12/06/12 01/07/13 77 FR 72702 408. Small Business Size Standards: Real Estate, Rental and Leasing Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a) Abstract: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is increasing the small business size standards for 20 industries and one sub-industry in North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sector 53, Real Estate and Rental and Leasing. As part of its ongoing comprehensive review of all size standards, SBA evaluated all size standards in NAICS Sector 53 to determine whether they should be retained or revised. This rule is one of a series of proposals that examined size standards of industries grouped by NAICS Sector. SBA has applied its ‘‘Size Standards Methodology,’’ which is available on its Web site at http:// www.sba.gov/size, to this rule. Completed: Reason Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Khem Raj Sharma, Phone: 202 205–7189, Fax: 202 205– 6390, Email: khem.sharma@sba.gov. RIN: 3245–AG26 407. Small Business Size Standards; Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a) Abstract: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is increasing small business size standards for 37 industries in North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sector 56, Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services. As part of its ongoing comprehensive review of all size standards, SBA evaluated all receipts-based standards in NAICS Sector 56 to determine whether they should be retained or revised. This rule is one of a series that examined size standards of industries grouped by NAICS Sector. SBA has applied its ‘‘Size Standards Methodology,’’ which is available on its Web site at http:// www.sba.gov/size, to this rule. Completed: Date FR Cite Final Rule ............ Final Rule Effective. 09/24/12 10/24/12 77 FR 58747 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Khem Raj Sharma, Phone: 202 205–7189, Fax: 202 205– 6390, Email: khem.sharma@sba.gov. RIN: 3245–AG28 409. Small Business Size Standards: Educational Services Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a) Abstract: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will increase small business size standards for nine industries in North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sector 61, Educational Services. As part of its ongoing comprehensive size standards review, SBA evaluated all size standards in NAICS Sector 61 to determine whether they should be retained or revised. This rule is one of a series of rules that examines size standards of industries grouped by NAICS Sector. SBA applied its ‘‘Size Standards Methodology,’’ which is available on its Web site at http://www.sba.gov/size, to this final rule. Completed: Reason Date FR Cite Reason Date FR Cite Final Rule ............ Final Rule Effective. 12/06/12 01/07/13 77 FR 72691 Final Rule ............ Final Rule Effective. 09/24/12 10/24/12 77 FR 58739 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Khem Raj Sharma, Phone: 202 205–7189, Fax: 202 205– 6390, Email: khem.sharma@sba.gov. RIN: 3245–AG27 PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Khem Raj Sharma, Phone: 202 205–7189, Fax: 202 205– 6390, Email: khem.sharma@sba.gov. RIN: 3245–AG29 E:\FR\FM\08JAP18.SGM 08JAP18 1643 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 5 / Tuesday, January 8, 2013 / Unified Agenda 410. Small Business Size Standards: Health Care and Social Assistance Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a) Abstract: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will increase small business size standards for 28 industries in North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sector 62, Health Care and Social Assistance. As part of its ongoing comprehensive review of all size standards, SBA evaluated all size standards in NAICS Sector 62 to determine whether they should be retained or revised. SBA has applied its ‘‘Size Standards Methodology,’’ which is available on its Web site at http://www.sba.gov/size, to this final rule. Completed: Date FR Cite Final Rule ............ Final Rule Effective. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with Reason 09/24/12 10/24/12 77 FR 58755 VerDate Mar<15>2010 20:28 Jan 07, 2013 Jkt 229001 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Khem Raj Sharma, Phone: 202 205–7189, Fax: 202 205– 6390, Email: khem.sharma@sba.gov. RIN: 3245–AG30 411. Small Business Investment Companies—Early Stage SBICS Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 636(a)(32) Abstract: To address a critical market need for early stage equity financing, SBA will license a limited number of Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs) each year that are focused on providing equity capital to seed and early stage small businesses. These SBICs would be designated as ‘‘Early Stage SBICs.’’ SBA leverage is available to SBICs through a debenture instrument, the structure of which was not designed to address the needs or circumstances of early stage investors, and thus presents certain repayment risks for such investors. However, with certain regulatory changes, the risk PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 9990 associated with providing debenture leverage to Early Stage SBICs may be significantly reduced. This rule will establish a number of regulatory provisions applicable to Early Stage SBICs for the purpose of managing overall program risk, including lower limits on maximum leverage eligibility and special distribution rules. Completed: Reason Date FR Cite Final Rule ............ Final Rule Effective. 04/27/12 04/27/12 77 FR 25042 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Carol Fendler, Phone: 202 205–7559, Email: carol.fendler@sba.gov. 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SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

13 CFR Ch. I


Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

AGENCY: U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

ACTION: Semiannual Regulatory Agenda.

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SUMMARY: This Regulatory Agenda is a semiannual summary of all current 
and projected rulemakings, existing regulations, and completed actions 
of the Small Business Administration (SBA). For this fall edition of 
the SBA's Regulatory Agenda, a Regulatory Plan that contains a list of 
the Agency's most important and significant regulatory actions and a 
Statement of Regulatory Priorities is also included. This plan appears 
in both the online Unified Agenda and in part II of the Federal 
Register editions that include the abbreviated Unified Agenda.
    This agenda provides the public with information about SBA's 
regulatory activity. SBA invites the public to submit comments on any 
aspect of this Agenda. SBA expects that providing early information 
about pending regulatory activities would encourage more effective 
public participation in this process.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

General

    Please direct general comments or inquiries to Martin ``Sparky'' 
Conrey, Assistant General Counsel for Legislation and Appropriations, 
U.S. Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., Washington, 
DC 20416, (202) 619-0638, martin.conrey@sba.gov.

Specific

    Please direct specific comments and inquiries on individual 
regulatory activities identified in this agenda to the individual 
listed in the summary of the regulation as the point of contact for 
that regulation.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SBA provides this notice under the 
requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. sections 601 
to 612 and Executive Order 12866, ``Regulatory Planning and Review,'' 
which require each agency to publish a semiannual agenda of 
regulations. The Regulatory Agenda is a summary of all current and 
projected rulemakings during the coming one-year period, as well as 
actions completed since the publication of the last Regulatory Agenda 
for the agency.
    Beginning with the fall 2007 edition, the Internet became the basic 
means for disseminating the Unified Agenda. The complete Unified Agenda 
will be available online at www.reginfo.gov in a format that greatly 
enhances a user's ability to obtain information about the rules in the 
agency's Agenda.
    The Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) also requires federal agencies 
to publish their regulatory flexibility agendas in the Federal 
Register. A regulatory flexibility agenda contains only those rules 
listed in the semi-annual agenda that are likely to have a significant 
economic impact on a substantial number of small entities, and those 
rules identified for periodic review in keeping with the requirements 
of section 610 of the RFA. This regulatory flexibility agenda may be 
combined with any other agenda. Therefore, SBA's Fall 2012 Regulatory 
Agenda includes, as a subset, those regulatory actions that are in the 
SBA's regulatory flexibility agenda. Printing of these entries is 
limited to fields that contain information required by the RFA 
requirements. Additional information on these entries is available in 
the Unified Agenda published on the Internet.

    Dated: September 13, 2012.
Karen G. Mills,
Administrator.

           Small Business Administration--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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380.......................  Small Business Development         3245-AE05
                             Centers (SBDC) Program
                             Revisions.
381.......................  SBA Express Loan Program;          3245-AF85
                             Export Express Program.
382.......................  Implementation of Small            3245-AF88
                             Business Disaster
                             Response and Loan
                             Improvement Act of 2008:
                             Expedited Disaster
                             Assistance Program.
383.......................  Implementation of Small            3245-AF99
                             Business Disaster
                             Response and Loan
                             Improvement Act of 2008:
                             Private Loan Disaster
                             Program.
384.......................  Women's Business Center            3245-AG02
                             Program.
385.......................  504 and 7(a) Regulatory            3245-AG04
                             Enhancements (Reg Plan
                             Seq No. 98).
386.......................  Small Business Jobs Act:           3245-AG16
                             Small Business Size
                             Standards; Alternative
                             Size Standard for 7(a)
                             and 504 Business Loan
                             Programs.
387.......................  Small Business Jobs Act:           3245-AG24
                             Small Business Mentor-
                             Prot[eacute]g[eacute]
                             Programs (Reg Plan Seq
                             No. 99).
388.......................  Small Business HUBZone             3245-AG38
                             Program.
389.......................  Agent Revocation and               3245-AG40
                             Suspension Procedures.
390.......................  Small Business Size                3245-AG44
                             Standards: Mining,
                             Quarrying, and Oil and
                             Gas Extraction.
391.......................  Small Business Size                3245-AG49
                             Standards for Wholesale
                             Trade.
392.......................  Small Business Size                3245-AG50
                             Standards for
                             Manufacturing.
393.......................  Small Business Size                3245-AG51
                             Standards for Other
                             Industries With Employee-
                             Based Size Standards not
                             Part of Manufacturing or
                             Wholesale Trade.
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References in boldface appear in The Regulatory Plan in part II of this
  issue of the Federal Register.


             Small Business Administration--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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394.......................  Lender Oversight Program..         3245-AE14
395.......................  Small Business Technology          3245-AF45
                             Transfer (STTR) Policy
                             Directive (Reg Plan Seq
                             No. 100).
396.......................  Small Business Innovation          3245-AF84
                             Research (SBIR) Program
                             Policy Directive (Reg
                             Plan Seq No. 101).
397.......................  Acquisition Process: Task          3245-AG20
                             and Delivery Order
                             Contracts, Bundling,
                             Consolidation (Reg Plan
                             Seq No. 102).
398.......................  Small Business Jobs Act:           3245-AG22
                             Subcontract Integrity.

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399.......................  Small Business Jobs Act:           3245-AG23
                             Small Business Size and
                             Status Integrity.
400.......................  Small Business Size                3245-AG25
                             Standards for Utilities.
401.......................  Small Business Size                3245-AG36
                             Standards: Arts,
                             Entertainment, and
                             Recreation.
402.......................  Small Business Size                3245-AG37
                             Standards: Construction.
403.......................  Small Business Size                3245-AG43
                             Standards: Agriculture,
                             Forestry, Fishing, and
                             Hunting.
404.......................  Small Business Size                3245-AG45
                             Standards: Finance and
                             Insurance; Management of
                             Companies and Enterprises.
405.......................  Small Business Size                3245-AG46
                             Regulations, Small
                             Business Innovation
                             Research (SBIR) Program
                             and Small Business
                             Technology Transfer
                             (STTR) Program.
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References in boldface appear in The Regulatory Plan in part II of this
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            Small Business Administration--Completed Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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406.......................  Small Business Size                3245-AG26
                             Standards; Information.
407.......................  Small Business Size                3245-AG27
                             Standards; Administrative
                             and Support, Waste
                             Management and
                             Remediation Services.
408.......................  Small Business Size                3245-AG28
                             Standards: Real Estate,
                             Rental and Leasing.
409.......................  Small Business Size                3245-AG29
                             Standards: Educational
                             Services.
410.......................  Small Business Size                3245-AG30
                             Standards: Health Care
                             and Social Assistance.
411.......................  Small Business Investment          3245-AG32
                             Companies--Early Stage
                             SBICs.
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SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA)

Proposed Rule Stage

380. Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) Program Revisions

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 634(b)(6); 15 U.S.C. 648
    Abstract: This rule would update Small Business Development Center 
(SBDC) program regulations by amending among other things, the: (1) 
procedures for approving and funding of SBDCs; (2) approval procedures 
for travel outside the continental U.S. and U.S. territories; (3) 
procedures and requirements regarding findings and disputes resulting 
from financial exams, programmatic reviews, accreditation reviews, and 
other SBA oversight activities; (4) requirements for new and renewal 
applications for SBDC awards, including the requirements for electronic 
submission through the approved electronic Government submission 
facility; and (5) provisions regarding the collection and use of 
individual SBDC client data.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   06/00/13
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: John C. Lyford, Deputy Associate Administrator, 
Office of Small Development Centers, Small Business Administration, 409 
Third Street SW., Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205-7159, Fax: 202 
481-2613, Email: chancy.lyford@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AE05

381. SBA Express Loan Program; Export Express Program

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 636(a)(31) and (35)
    Abstract: SBA plans to issue regulations for the SBA Express loan 
program codified in section 7(a)(31) of the Small Business Act. The SBA 
Express loan program reduces the number of Government mandated forms 
and procedures, streamlines the processing and reduces the cost of 
smaller, less complex SBA loans. Particular features of the SBA Express 
loan program include: (1) SBA Express loans carry a maximum SBA 
guaranty of 50 percent; (2) a response to an SBA Express loan 
application will be given within 36 hours; (3) lenders and borrowers 
can negotiate the interest rate, which may not exceed SBA maximums; and 
(4) qualified lenders may be granted authorization to make eligibility 
determinations. SBA also plans to issue regulations for the Export 
Express Program codified at 7(a)(35) of the Small Business Act. The 
Export Express Program, made permanent by the Small Business Jobs Act, 
makes guaranteed financing available for export development activities.
    Timetable:

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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Grady Hedgespeth, Director, Office of Financial 
Assistance, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205-7562, Fax: 202 481-0248, Email: 
grady.hedgespeth@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AF85

382. Implementation of Small Business Disaster Response and Loan 
Improvement Act of 2008: Expedited Disaster Assistance Program

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 636(j)
    Abstract: This proposed rule would establish and implement an 
expedited disaster assistance business loan program under which the SBA 
will guarantee short-term loans made by private lenders to eligible 
small businesses located in a catastrophic disaster area. The maximum 
loan amount is $150,000, and SBA will guarantee timely payment of 
principal and interest to the lender. The maximum loan term will be 180 
days, and the interest rate will be limited to 300 basis points over 
the Federal funds rate.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   04/00/13
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Grady Hedgespeth, Director, Office of Financial 
Assistance, Small Business Administration, 409

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Third Street SW., Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205-7562, Fax: 202 
481-0248, Email: grady.hedgespeth@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AF88

383. Implementation of Small Business Disaster Response and Loan 
Improvement Act of 2008: Private Loan Disaster Program

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 636
    Abstract: This proposed rule would establish and implement a 
private disaster loan program under which SBA will guarantee loans made 
by qualified lenders to eligible small businesses and homeowners 
located in a catastrophic disaster area. Private disaster loans made 
under this programs will have the same terms and conditions as SBA's 
direct disaster loans. In addition, SBA will guarantee timely payment 
of principal and interest to the lender. SBA may guarantee up to 85 
percent of any loan under this program and the maximum loan amount is 
$2 million.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   06/00/13
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Grady Hedgespeth, Director, Office of Financial 
Assistance, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205-7562, Fax: 202 481-0248, Email: 
grady.hedgespeth@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AF99

384. Women's Business Center Program

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 631; 15 U.S.C. 656
    Abstract: SBA's Office of Women's Business Ownership (OWBO) 
oversees a network of SBA-funded Women's Business Centers (WBCs) 
throughout the United States and its territories. WBCs provide 
management and technical assistance to small business concerns both 
nascent and established, with a focus on such businesses that are owned 
and controlled by women, or on women planning to start a business, 
especially women who are economically or socially disadvantaged. The 
training and counseling provided by the WBCs encompass a comprehensive 
array of topics, such as finance, management and marketing in various 
languages. This rule would propose to codify the requirements and 
procedures that govern the delivery, funding and evaluation of the 
management and technical assistance provided under the WBC Program. The 
rule would address, among other things, the eligibility criteria for 
selection as a WBC, use of federal funds, standards for effectively 
carrying out program duties and responsibilities, and the requirements 
for reporting on financial and programmatic performance.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   09/00/13
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Ana Harvey, Assistant Administrator, Office of 
Women's Business Ownership, Small Business Administration, 409 3rd 
Street SW., Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205-6677, Email: 
ana.harvey@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG02

385. 504 and 7(A) Regulatory Enhancements

    Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 98 in part II of this issue 
of the Federal Register.
    RIN: 3245-AG04

386. Small Business Jobs Act: Small Business Size Standards; 
Alternative Size Standard for 7(A) and 504 Business Loan Programs

    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 111-240, sec 1116
    Abstract: SBA will amend its size eligibility criteria for Business 
Loans and for development company loans under title V of the Small 
Business Investment Act (504). For the SBA 7(a) Business Loan Program, 
the amendments will provide an alternative size standard for loan 
applicants that do not meet the small business size standards for their 
industries. For the 504 Program, the amendments will increase the 
current alternative standard for applicants for 504 loans. The Small 
Business Jobs Act of 2010 (Jobs Act) established alternative size 
standards that apply to both of these programs until the SBA's 
Administrator establishes other alternative size standards. This 
interim final rule will be effective when published because the 
alternative size standards that the Jobs Act established were effective 
September 27, 2010, the date of its enactment. These alternative size 
standards do not affect other Federal government programs, including 
Federal procurement.
    Timetable:

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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Dr. Khem Raj Sharma, Chief, Office of Size 
Standards, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205-7189, Fax: 202 205-6390, Email: 
khem.sharma@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG16

387. Small Business Jobs Act: Small Business Mentor-
Prot[eacute]g[eacute] Programs

    Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 99 in part II of this issue 
of the Federal Register.
    RIN: 3245-AG24

388. Small Business Hubzone Program

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 657a
    Abstract: SBA has been reviewing its processes and procedures for 
implementing the HUBZone program and has determined that several of the 
regulations governing the program should be amended in order to resolve 
certain issues that have arisen. As a result, the proposed rule would 
constitute a comprehensive revision of part 126 of SBA's regulations to 
clarify current HUBZone Program regulations, and implement various new 
procedures. These planned amendments will serve to streamline the 
HUBZone program and ease program eligibility requirements, particularly 
those that the small business concerns perceive to be burdensome. In 
developing this proposed rule, SBA will focus on the principles of 
Executive Order 13563 to determine whether portions of regulations 
should be modified, streamlined, expanded or repealed to make the 
HUBZone program more effective and/or less burdensome on small business 
concerns. At the same time, SBA will maintain a framework that helps 
identify and reduce waste, fraud and abuse in the program.
    Timetable:

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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Mariana Pardo, Deputy Director, Office of Hubzone, 
Small Business Administration, 409 3rd Street SW., Washington, DC 
20416, Phone: 202 205-2985, Email: mariana.pardo@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG38

389. Agent Revocation and Suspension Procedures

    Legal Authority: Not Yet Determined
    Abstract: These changes to 13 CFR sections 103, 134, and 2 CFR 2700 
lay

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out a procedural process for SBA's revocation of the privilege of 
agents to conduct business with the Agency. Included in this process 
are procedure for proposed revocation, the opportunity to object to the 
proposed revocation, the revocation decision, as well as requests for 
reconsideration. These procedures also provide for suspension of the 
privilege to conduct business with the Agency pending a revocation 
action. In addition, these changes remove Office of Hearings and 
Appeals review of suspension, revocation, and debarment actions by SBA.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/00/13
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Christopher J McClintock, Trial Attorney, Small 
Business Administration, 409 3rd Street SW., Washington, DC 20416, 
Phone: 202 205-7715, Email: christoper.mcclintock@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG40

390. Small Business Size Standards: Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas 
Extraction

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a)
    Abstract: SBA has received numerous comments from businesses, 
industry associations and other Federal agencies that SBA's small 
business size standards have not kept pace with changes in industry 
structure and Federal government contracting marketplace. SBA also 
recognizes that such changes require a re-evaluation of existing small 
business size standards. As a result, SBA is conducting a comprehensive 
review of all small business size standards to determine whether the 
existing size standards should be retained or revised. In addition, the 
Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 directs SBA to conduct a detailed 
review of all size standards and to make appropriate adjustments to 
reflect market conditions. Accordingly, in this proposed rule, SBA will 
evaluate each industry within the North American Industry 
Classification System (NAICS) Sector 21, Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and 
Gas Extraction, and revise, as necessary, size standards for the 
sector. This is one of a series of proposed rules that will examine 
industries grouped by a NAICS Sector.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/06/12  77 FR 72766
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/04/13
Final Action........................   09/00/13
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Dr. Khem Raj Sharma, Chief, Office of Size 
Standards, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205-7189, Fax: 202 205-6390, Email: 
khem.sharma@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG44

391.  Small Business Size Standards for Wholesale Trade

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a)
    Abstract: SBA is conducting a comprehensive review of all small 
business size standards to determine whether the existing size 
standards should be retained or revised. As part of this effort, SBA 
has evaluated each industry in North American Industry Classification 
System (NAICS) Sector 42, Wholesale Trade, and revised these employee-
based size standards for certain industries in the sector. This is one 
of the rules that will examine industries grouped by an NAICS Sector. 
SBA has applied its ``Size Standards Methodology,'' which is available 
on its Web site at http://www.sba.gov/size, to this purposed rule.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   03/00/13
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Dr. Khem Raj Sharma, Chief, Office of Size 
Standards, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205-7189, Fax: 202 205-6390, Email: 
khem.sharma@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG49

392.  Small Business Size Standards for Manufacturing

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a)
    Abstract: SBA is conducting a comprehensive review of all small 
business size standards to determine whether the existing size 
standards should be retained or revised. As part of this effort, SBA 
has evaluated each industry in North American Industry Classification 
System (NAICS) Sector 31-33, Manufacturing, and revised these employee-
based size standards for certain industries in the sector. This is one 
of the rules that will examine industries grouped by an NAICS Sector. 
SBA has applied its ``Size Standards Methodology,'' which is available 
on its Web site at http://www.sba.gov/size, to this proposed rule.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   03/00/13
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Dr. Khem Raj Sharma, Chief, Office of Size 
Standards, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205-7189, Fax: 202 205-6390, Email: 
khem.sharma@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG50

393.  Small Business Size Standards for Other Industries With 
Employee-Based Size Standards not Part of Manufacturing or Wholesale 
Trade

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a)
    Abstract: SBA is conducting a comprehensive review of all small 
business size standards to determine whether the existing size 
standards should be retained or revised. As part of this effort, SBA 
has evaluated each industry that has an employee-based standard but is 
not part of North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) 
Sector 31-33, Manufacturing, or Sector 42, Wholesale Trade, and revised 
size standards for some of those industries. This is one of the rules 
that will examine industries grouped by an NAICS Sector. SBA has 
applied its ``Size Standards Methodology,'' which is available on its 
Web site at http://www.sba.gov/size, to this proposed rule.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   03/00/13
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Dr. Khem Raj Sharma, Chief, Office of Size 
Standards, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205-7189, Fax: 202 205-6390, Email: 
khem.sharma@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG51


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SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA)

Final Rule Stage

394. Lender Oversight Program

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 634(5)(b)(6),(b)(7),(b)(14),(h) and 
note; 687(f), 697(e)(c)(8), and 650
    Abstract: This rule implements the Small Business Administration's 
(SBA) statutory authority under the Small Business Reauthorization and 
Manufacturing Assistance Act of 2004 (Reauthorization Act) to regulate 
Small Business Lending Companies (SBLCs) and non-federally regulated 
lenders (NFRLs). It also conforms SBA rules for the section 7(a) 
Business Loan Program and the Certified Development Company (CDC) 
Program.
    In particular, this rule: (1) Defines SBLCs and NFRLs; (2) 
clarifies SBA's authority to regulate SBLCs and NFRLs; (3) authorizes 
SBA to set certain minimum capital standards for SBLCs, to issue cease 
and desist orders, and revoke or suspend lending authority of SBLCs and 
NFRLs; (4) establishes the Bureau of Premier Certified Lender Program 
Oversight in the Office of Credit Risk Management; (5) transfers 
existing SBA enforcement authority over CDCs from the Office of 
Financial Assistance to the appropriate official in the Office of 
Capital Access; and (6) defines SBA's oversight and enforcement 
authorities relative to all SBA lenders participating in the 7(a) and 
CDC programs and intermediaries in the Microloan program.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   10/31/07  72 FR 61752
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   12/20/07  72 FR 72264
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/29/08
Interim Final Rule..................   12/11/08  73 FR 75498
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      03/11/09
 End.
Interim Final Rule Effective........   01/12/09
Final Rule..........................   06/00/13  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Brent Ciurlino, Director, Office of Credit Risk 
Management, Small Business Administration, 409 3rd Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205-6538, Email: 
brent.ciurlino@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AE14

395. Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Policy Directive

    Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 100 in part II of this 
issue of the Federal Register.
    RIN: 3245-AF45

396. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Policy Directive

    Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 101 in part II of this 
issue of the Federal Register.
    RIN: 3245-AF84

397. Acquisition Process: Task and Delivery Order Contracts, Bundling, 
Consolidation

    Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 102 in part II of this 
issue of the Federal Register.
    RIN: 3245-AG20

398. Small Business Jobs Act: Subcontract Integrity

    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 111-240, sec 1321 and 1322, 1334
    Abstract: These regulations address subcontracting compliance and 
the interrelationship between contracting offices, small business 
offices, and program offices relating to oversight and review 
activities. The regulation also addresses the statutory requirement 
that a large business prime contractor must represent that it will make 
good faith efforts to award subcontracts to small businesses at the 
same percentage as indicated in the subcontracting plan submitted as 
part of its proposal for a contract and that if the percentage is not 
met, the large business prime contractor must provide a written 
justification and explanation to the contracting officer. Finally, the 
regulation also addresses the statutory requirement that a prime 
contractor must notify the contracting officer in writing if it has 
paid a reduced price to a subcontractor for goods and services or if 
the payment to the subcontractor is more than 90 days past due.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   10/05/11  76 FR 61626
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/05/11
NPRM Comment Period Reopened........   12/01/11  76 FR 74749
Second NPRM Comment Period End......   01/06/12
Final Action........................   03/00/13
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Dean R. Koppel, Assistant Director, Office of 
Policy and Research, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205-7322, Fax: 202 481-1540, 
Email: dean.koppel@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG22

399. Small Business Jobs Act: Small Business Size and Status Integrity

    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 111-240, sec 1341 and 1343
    Abstract: These regulations address the intentional 
misrepresentations of small business status as a ``presumption of loss 
against the Government.'' In addition, the rule addresses the statutory 
requirement that no business may continue to certify itself as small on 
the System for Award Management (SAM) without first providing an annual 
certification.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   10/07/11  76 FR 62313
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/07/11
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   11/08/11  76 FR 69154
NPRM Extended Comment Period End....   12/08/11
Final Action........................   03/00/13
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Dean R. Koppel, Assistant Director, Office of 
Policy and Research, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205-7322, Fax: 202 481-1540, 
Email: dean.koppel@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG23

400. Small Business Size Standards for Utilities

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a)
    Abstract: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) proposes to 
revise the small business size standards for nine industries in North 
American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sector 22, Utilities. 
Six of those industries deal with electric power generation, 
distribution and transmission (NAICS 221111, NAICS 221112, NAICS 
221113, NAICS 221119, NAICS 221121, and NAICS 221122) and have a common 
size standard based on electric output. For those six industries, SBA 
proposes to replace the current size standard of 4 million megawatt 
hours in electric output with an employee based size standard of 500 
employees. SBA also proposes to increase the small

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business size standards for three industries in NAICS Sector 22 that 
have receipt based size standards, namely--NAICS 221310, Water Supply 
and Irrigation Systems, from $7 million to $25.5 million; NAICS 221320, 
Sewage Treatment Facilities, from $7 million to $19 million; and NAICS 
221330, Steam and Air-conditioning Supply, from $12.5 million to $14 
million. As part of its ongoing initiative to review all size 
standards, SBA evaluated all industries in NAICS Sector 22 that have 
either electric output based or receipts based size standards to 
determine whether the existing size standards should be retained or 
revised. This rule is one of the rules that will examine industries 
grouped by NAICS sector. SBA has applied its ``Size Standards 
Methodology,'' which is available on its Web site at http://www.sba.gov/size, to this proposed rule.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   07/19/12  77 FR 42441
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/17/12
Final Rule..........................   03/00/13
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Dr. Khem Raj Sharma, Chief, Office of Size 
Standards, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205-7189, Fax: 202 205-6390, Email: 
khem.sharma@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG25

401. Small Business Size Standards: Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a)
    Abstract: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will 
increase the small business size standards for 17 industries in North 
American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sector 71, Arts, 
Entertainment, and Recreation. As part of its ongoing comprehensive 
review of all size standards, SBA has evaluated all size standards in 
NAICS Sector 71 to determine whether the existing size standards should 
be retained or revised. This is one of the rules that will examine 
industries grouped by an NAICS Sector. SBA has applied its ``Size 
Standards Methodology,'' which is available on its Web site at http://www.sba.gov/size, to this proposed rule.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   07/18/12  77 FR 42211
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/17/12
Final Action........................   03/00/13
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Khem Raj Sharma, Chief, Office of Size Standards, 
Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., Washington, DC 
20416, Phone: 202 205-6390, Fax: 202 205-6390.
    RIN: 3245-AG36

402. Small Business Size Standards: Construction

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a)
    Abstract: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will 
increase small business size standards for one industry and one sub-
industry in North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) 
Sector 23, Construction. SBA will also increase the size standard for 
NAICS 237210, Land Subdivision, from $7 million to $25 million and the 
size standard for Dredging and Surface Cleanup Activities, a sub-
industry category (or an ``exception'') under NAICS 237990, Other Heavy 
and Civil Engineering Construction, from $20 million to $30 million in 
average annual receipts. As part of its ongoing comprehensive size 
standards review, SBA has evaluated all size standards in NAICS Sector 
23 to determine whether they should be retained or revised. This is one 
of the rules that examines size standards of industries grouped by 
NAICS Sector. SBA has applied its ``Size Standards Methodology,'' which 
is available on its Web site at http://www.sba.gov/size, to this rule.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   07/18/12  77 FR 42197
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/17/12
Final Rule..........................   03/00/13
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Khem Raj Sharma, Chief, Office of Size Standards, 
Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., Washington, DC 
20416, Phone: 202 205-6390, Fax: 202 205-6390.
    RIN: 3245-AG37

403. Small Business Size Standards: Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, and 
Hunting

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a)
    Abstract: This rule increases the small business size standards for 
11 industries in North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) 
Sector 11, Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting. As part of its 
ongoing comprehensive review of all small business size standards, SBA 
evaluated receipts based size standards for 16 industries and two sub-
industries in NAICS Sector 11 to determine whether they should be 
retained or revised. SBA did not review size standards for 46 
industries in NAICS Sector 11 that are currently set by statute at 
$750,000 in average annual receipts. SBA also did not review the 500-
employee based size standard for NAICS 113310, Logging, but will review 
it in the near future with other employee based size standards. In 
developing the revised size standards, SBA has applied its ``Size 
Standards Methodology,'' which is available on the Agency's Web site at 
http://www.sba.gov/size.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   09/11/12  77 FR 55755
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/13/12
Final Action........................   05/00/13
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Dr. Khem Raj Sharma, Chief, Office of Size 
Standards, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205-7189, Fax: 202 205-6390, Email: 
khem.sharma@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG43

404. Small Business Size Standards: Finance and Insurance; Management 
of Companies and Enterprises

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a)
    Abstract: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is 
increasing the small business size standards for 37 industries in North 
American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sector 52, Finance and 
Insurance, and for two industries in NAICS Sector 55, Management of 
Companies and Enterprises. In addition, SBA proposes to change the 
measure of size from average assets to average receipts for NAICS 
522293, International Trade Financing. As part of its ongoing 
comprehensive size standards review, SBA evaluated all receipts based 
and assets based size standards in NAICS Sectors 52 and 55 to determine 
whether they should be retained or revised. In developing the revised 
standards, SBA relied on the methodology set forth in

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its ``Size Standards Methodology,'' which is available at www.sba.gov/size.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   09/11/12  77 FR 55737
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/13/12
Final Action........................   04/00/13
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Dr. Khem Raj Sharma, Chief, Office of Size 
Standards, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205-7189, Fax: 202 205-6390, Email: 
khem.sharma@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG45

405. Small Business Size Regulations, Small Business Innovation 
Research (SBIR) Program and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) 
Program

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a); Pub. L. 111-81, sec 5107
    Abstract: SBA is amending its regulations as they relate to size 
and eligibility for the SBIR and STTR programs. The revised amendments 
implement provisions of the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011. The 
amendments address ownership, control and affilation for participants 
in these programs, including participants that are majority owned by 
multiple venture capital operating companies, private equity firms or 
hedge funds. The regulations also address whether the participant is 
owned by domestic or foreign business concerns.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/15/12  77 FR 28520
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/16/12
Final Action........................   12/00/12
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Edsel M. Brown Jr., Assistant Director, Office of 
Innovation, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205-6450, Email: edsel.brown@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG46

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA)

Completed Actions

406. Small Business Size Standards; Information

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a)
    Abstract: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) proposes to 
increase small business size standards for 15 industries in North 
American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sector 51, Information. 
As part of its ongoing comprehensive review of all size standards, SBA 
evaluated all receipts-based size standards in NAICS Sector 51 to 
determine whether they should be retained or revised. This proposed 
rule is one of a series of proposals that examines size standards of 
industries grouped by NAICS Sector. SBA has applied its ``Size 
Standards Methodology,'' which is available on its Web site at http://www.sba.gov/size, to this proposed rule.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Final Rule..........................   12/06/12  77 FR 72702
Final Rule Effective................   01/07/13
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Khem Raj Sharma, Phone: 202 205-7189, Fax: 202 205-
6390, Email: khem.sharma@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG26

407. Small Business Size Standards; Administrative and Support, Waste 
Management and Remediation Services

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a)
    Abstract: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is 
increasing small business size standards for 37 industries in North 
American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sector 56, 
Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services. 
As part of its ongoing comprehensive review of all size standards, SBA 
evaluated all receipts-based standards in NAICS Sector 56 to determine 
whether they should be retained or revised. This rule is one of a 
series that examined size standards of industries grouped by NAICS 
Sector. SBA has applied its ``Size Standards Methodology,'' which is 
available on its Web site at http://www.sba.gov/size, to this rule.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Final Rule..........................   12/06/12  77 FR 72691
Final Rule Effective................   01/07/13
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Khem Raj Sharma, Phone: 202 205-7189, Fax: 202 205-
6390, Email: khem.sharma@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG27

408. Small Business Size Standards: Real Estate, Rental and Leasing

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a)
    Abstract: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is 
increasing the small business size standards for 20 industries and one 
sub-industry in North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) 
Sector 53, Real Estate and Rental and Leasing. As part of its ongoing 
comprehensive review of all size standards, SBA evaluated all size 
standards in NAICS Sector 53 to determine whether they should be 
retained or revised. This rule is one of a series of proposals that 
examined size standards of industries grouped by NAICS Sector. SBA has 
applied its ``Size Standards Methodology,'' which is available on its 
Web site at http://www.sba.gov/size, to this rule.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Final Rule..........................   09/24/12  77 FR 58747
Final Rule Effective................   10/24/12
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Khem Raj Sharma, Phone: 202 205-7189, Fax: 202 205-
6390, Email: khem.sharma@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG28

409. Small Business Size Standards: Educational Services

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a)
    Abstract: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will 
increase small business size standards for nine industries in North 
American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sector 61, Educational 
Services. As part of its ongoing comprehensive size standards review, 
SBA evaluated all size standards in NAICS Sector 61 to determine 
whether they should be retained or revised. This rule is one of a 
series of rules that examines size standards of industries grouped by 
NAICS Sector. SBA applied its ``Size Standards Methodology,'' which is 
available on its Web site at http://www.sba.gov/size, to this final 
rule.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Final Rule..........................   09/24/12  77 FR 58739
Final Rule Effective................   10/24/12
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Khem Raj Sharma, Phone: 202 205-7189, Fax: 202 205-
6390, Email: khem.sharma@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG29

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410. Small Business Size Standards: Health Care and Social Assistance

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a)
    Abstract: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will 
increase small business size standards for 28 industries in North 
American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sector 62, Health Care 
and Social Assistance. As part of its ongoing comprehensive review of 
all size standards, SBA evaluated all size standards in NAICS Sector 62 
to determine whether they should be retained or revised. SBA has 
applied its ``Size Standards Methodology,'' which is available on its 
Web site at http://www.sba.gov/size, to this final rule.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Final Rule..........................   09/24/12  77 FR 58755
Final Rule Effective................   10/24/12
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Khem Raj Sharma, Phone: 202 205-7189, Fax: 202 205-
6390, Email: khem.sharma@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG30

411. Small Business Investment Companies--Early Stage SBICS

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 636(a)(32)
    Abstract: To address a critical market need for early stage equity 
financing, SBA will license a limited number of Small Business 
Investment Companies (SBICs) each year that are focused on providing 
equity capital to seed and early stage small businesses. These SBICs 
would be designated as ``Early Stage SBICs.'' SBA leverage is available 
to SBICs through a debenture instrument, the structure of which was not 
designed to address the needs or circumstances of early stage 
investors, and thus presents certain repayment risks for such 
investors. However, with certain regulatory changes, the risk 
associated with providing debenture leverage to Early Stage SBICs may 
be significantly reduced. This rule will establish a number of 
regulatory provisions applicable to Early Stage SBICs for the purpose 
of managing overall program risk, including lower limits on maximum 
leverage eligibility and special distribution rules.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   04/27/12  77 FR 25042
Final Rule Effective................   04/27/12
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Carol Fendler, Phone: 202 205-7559, Email: 
carol.fendler@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG32

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