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(202) 481–0681, e-mail: record for SBA’s consideration when the standards, (2) the calculation of number
Ericka.Fisher@sba.gov. Agency deliberates on approaches to of employees (including how SBA
simplify and restructure size standards defines an employee for size purposes),
Matthew K. Becker,
and other changes to make size (3) the use of receipts-based size
Committee Management Officer.
standards easier to understand and use. standards, (4) the designation of size
[FR Doc. 05–9497 Filed 5–11–05; 8:45 am] standards for Federal procurements, (5)
DATES: The Public Hearings Section
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below specifies the dates and locations the establishment of separate and
of the public hearings. Attendees must distinct size standards for use solely in
pre-register 5 business days prior to the Federal procurement programs, (6) the
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION establishment of tiered size standards,
scheduled hearing date.
National Women’s Business Council; ADDRESSES: Parties interested in (7) the simplification of the affiliation
Notice of Public Meeting testifying at or attending a public regulations, (8) the simplification of the
hearing must pre-register by providing a small business joint venture eligibility
In accordance with the Women’s request to SBA’s Office of Size regulations, (9) the possible
Business Ownership Act, Public Law Standards at grandfathering of small business
106–554 as amended, the National Hearings.sizestandards@sba.gov. eligibility, (10) the impact of SBA size
Women’s Business Council (NWBC) standards on the regulations of other
would like to announce a forthcoming FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gary
Federal agencies, and (11) the possible
Council meeting. The meeting will take M. Jackson, Assistant Administrator for participation of businesses majority-
place on Thursday, May 26, 2005, Size Standards, at (202) 205–6618 or at owned by venture capital companies in
starting at 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. The sizestandards@sba.gov. the Small Business Innovation Research
meeting will be held at Carlson SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Program and the effect such
Companies, 701 Carlson Parkway, I. Background participation would have on the
Minnetonka, Minnesota 55305. The Program. The ANPRM comment period
meeting will discuss the National On March 19, 2004, SBA published a closed on April 3, 2005.
Women’s Business Council’s agenda proposed rule to simplify and Second, because of the significance of
and action items for fiscal year 2005, restructure its small business size the size standards initiative and
included and not limited to standards by establishing most size importance of the other issues being
procurement, access to capital, access to standards based on the number of considered, SBA decided to conduct a
training and technical assistance, access employees of a business concern and by series of public hearings around the
to markets and affordable health care. significantly reducing the number of country to provide interested parties
Anyone wishing to attend and make different size standard levels (69 FR with an opportunity to meet with SBA
an oral presentation must contact 13130). Based on concerns expressed by officials and discuss their views on the
Katherine Stanley in writing or by fax a large number of commenters, SBA issues. SBA considers the public
no later than Monday, May 23, 2005, in decided to withdraw that proposal on hearings a valuable component of its
order to be put on the agenda. Katherine July 1, 2004 (69 FR 39874). However, a deliberations. While the comments
Stanley, Administrative Officer, U.S. large number of commenters also received to the ANPRM are greatly
Small Business Administration, supported the proposal in general or assisting SBA with its deliberations, the
National Women’s Business Council, supported certain aspects of the public hearings allow for a constructive
409 3rd Street, SW., Washington, DC proposed changes. As a result, SBA dialogue with the public on these issues
20416, phone (202) 205–3850, fax (202) decided to reconsider its initial enabling SBA to more fully comprehend
481–2101, e-mail: approach to simplifying and the views of the public. This notice
Katherine.Stanley@sba.gov. restructuring size standards and seek provides information on the purpose,
public input on the general issue of size format, scheduling, and registration for
Matthew K. Becker, standards, including how best to the public hearings.
Committee Management Officer. simplify and restructure size standards.
[FR Doc. 05–9496 Filed 5–11–05; 8:45 am] SBA is pursuing two actions to engage II. Public Hearings
BILLING CODE 8025–01–P the public in providing its views of A panel of SBA officials will preside
SBA’s size standards. First, SBA over 11 formal public hearings. The
published an Advance Notice of purpose of the hearings is to obtain the
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on views of SBA’s stakeholders on
December 3, 2004, requesting comment approaches to simplify and restructure
Small Business Size Standards; Public on a variety of size standards issues (69 size standards, to identify other policy
Hearings FR 70197). Most of those issues were changes which may make size standards
AGENCY: U.S. Small Business presented in the comments SBA had easier to understand and use, and to
Administration. received in response to the March 19, obtain stakeholder views on the other
ACTION: Notice of public hearings. 2004, proposed rule, but were not part issues being considered such as the
of the proposed changes. SBA believes possible participation of businesses
SUMMARY: The U.S. Small Business that it is beneficial to its evaluation of majority-owned by venture capital
Administration (SBA) announces that it the comments raising those issues to companies in the Small Business
is holding a series of public hearings provide the public at large with an Innovation Research Program. Oral and
throughout the country on the topic of opportunity to consider and comment written testimony will be become part of
small business size standards and other upon them. SBA also included several the hearing record for SBA’s
issues such as the possible participation issues in the ANPRM that it had under consideration. SBA will analyze the
of businesses majority-owned by consideration as separate policy changes hearing testimony along with the
venture capital companies in the Small apart from the simplification and comments it received to the March 19,
Business Innovation Research Program. restructuring proposal. Specifically, the 2004, proposed rule and the December
Testimony presented at these hearings issues presented in the ANPRM consist 3, 2004, ANPRM in formulating a new
will become part of the administrative of: (1) The approach to simplify size proposal regarding approaches

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simplifying and restructuring size the general issue of simplifying size change to a specific size standard.
standards, other policies to make size standards, other improvements to size Parties interested in SBA considering a
standards easier to use and understand, standards, or any of the other issues change to a particular industry size
and the other issues being considered. identified such as the possible standard may submit a request to SBA
Individuals testifying before SBA will participation of businesses majority- as described in the small business
be limited to a 5 minute oral owned by venture capital companies in regulations at 13 CFR 121.102.
presentation. SBA officials may ask the Small Business Innovation Research Oral testimony will be recorded and
questions of a presenter to clarify or Program. SBA encourages presenters to transcribed. Presenters shall provide a
further explain the testimony. Since the review the ANPRM for a further written copy of their testimony. SBA
purpose of the hearings is to assist SBA discussion of the issues. SBA requests will accept written material that the
with gathering information to that the presenters do not raise issues presenter wishes to provide that further
potentially develop new proposals, SBA pertaining to other aspects of SBA’s supplements his or her testimony. SBA
will not respond as to whether it agrees small business programs. Issues not encourages presenters to provide SBA
with the views or position of the raised in the ANPRM are more properly with an electronic or digitized copy of
presenter’s testimony. suited for a different forum than these their written testimony and
supplemental information.
SBA requests that the testimony focus hearings. Also, the hearings are not
on the issues discussed in the ANPRM, intended for the public to petition for a III. Hearing Schedule

Registration
Location Address Hearing date closing date

Seattle, WA ............................ Small Business Administration, 1200 6th Ave., Suite 1700, June 2, 2005 ......................... May 26, 2005.
Seattle, Washington 98101.
St. Louis, MO ......................... St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, Multi- June 2, 2005 ......................... May 26, 2005.
Purpose Room, 3400 Pershall Road, St. Louis, MO
63135–1499.
Portland, ME .......................... City Hall, 389 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101 ........... June 7, 2005 ......................... May 31, 2005.
Atlanta, GA ............................. Atlanta Fulton County Public Library—3rd Floor Meeting June 9, 2005 ......................... June 2, 2005.
Room, 1 Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta, GA 30303.
Denver, CO ............................ U.S. Federal Building, 1961 Stout Street, Room 239, Den- June 14, 2005 ....................... June 7, 2005.
ver, Colorado 80202.
New York, NY ........................ Jacob Javitz Federal Building, 6th Floor Conference Room June 16, 2005 ....................... June 9, 2005.
B, 26 Federal Plaza, New York, NY 10278.
Washington, DC ..................... Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street, SW., Ei- June 17, 2005 ....................... June 10, 2005.
senhower Conference Room, Washington, DC 20416.
Chicago, IL ............................. Ralph H. Metcalfe Federal Building, 77 West Jackson June 20, 2005 ....................... June 13, 2005.
Blvd., Morrison Room, Chicago, IL 60604.
Dallas, TX ............................... Bill J. Priest Institute, 1402 Corinth Ave., Dallas, TX 75215 June 22, 2005 ....................... June 15, 2005.
San Francisco, CA ................. San Francisco District Office, 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, June 28, 2005 ....................... June 21, 2005.
San Francisco, CA 94105–2420.
Los Angeles, CA .................... Small Business Administration, Los Angeles District Office, June 29, 2005 ....................... June 22, 2005.
330 North Brand, Suite 1200, Glendale, CA 91203.

Each hearing will be held for one day. provide testimony. SBA will attempt to notified of any changes regarding the
The hearings will begin at 8:30 a.m. and accommodate all interested parties that schedule or conduct of the meeting.
end at 5:30 p.m., with a break from wish to present testimony. However, Information concerning the public
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., except for the time considerations limit the total hearings will be available on SBA’s
Atlanta size standards hearing. The number of presenters at each hearing. If Internet site at http://www.sba.gov/size.
Atlanta size standards hearing will start the number of individuals seek to testify Dated: May 5, 2005.
at 9:30 a.m. and end at 6:30 p.m. SBA at a specific hearing exceeds the number Allegra F. McCullough,
will adjourn the hearing early if all permitted due to time limitations, SBA
Associate Deputy Administrator for
those registered have provided their will ask if any interested parties are able Government Contracting and Business
testimony. to attend a different hearing, and if that Development.
is not possible, will ask those requesting [FR Doc. 05–9428 Filed 5–11–05; 8:45 am]
IV. Registration
to testify last in time to submit their
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Anyone interested in testifying must concerns in writing. To afford all
pre-register in advance with SBA. interested parties an opportunity to
Registration requests must be received participate in the hearings, an
by SBA at least 5 business days prior to individual can register for only one DEPARTMENT OF STATE
the scheduled hearing date. Please hearing location.
contact the Office of Size Standards in [Public Notice 5076]
Parties that plan to attend the hearing
writing at but not testify must also pre-register. For Bureau of Educational and Cultural
Hearings.sizestandards@sba.gov. Please those parties, please indicate in your Affairs (ECA) Request for Grant
include the following information registration that you will be attending Proposals: Afghanistan School
relating to the person requesting to the hearing but not making an oral Administrator Project
testify: Name, Title, Organization presentation.
affiliation, Address, Telephone number, SBA will confirm in writing the Announcement Type: New Grant.
E-mail address, Fax number, and which registration of presenters and attendees Funding Opportunity Number: ECA/
hearing the presenter wants to attend to for the hearings. Participants will be A/S/X–05–02.

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