[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 229 (Tuesday, December 1, 2009)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 62710-62711]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-28664]



13 CFR Parts 121 and 124

Small Business Size Regulations; 8(a) Business Development/Small 
Disadvantaged Business Status Determinations

AGENCY: U.S. Small Business Administration.

ACTION: Notice of public meetings; request for comments.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announces it is 
holding a public meeting in Washington, DC on the topic of the proposed 
changes to the 8(a) Business Development (BD) Program Regulations and 
Small Business Size Regulations. Testimony and comments presented at 
the public comment meetings will become part of the administrative 
record as comments addressing the proposed changes to the regulations 
pertaining to the 8(a) BD program and small business size standards. 
Additional public meetings will be scheduled prior to the end of the 
comment period for the proposed rule-making.

DATES: The public meetings will be held on Thursday, December 10, 2009, 
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Friday, December 11, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 4 
p.m. Prospective participants must pre-register for either or both 
sessions on or before Monday, December 7, 2009, 5 p.m., Eastern 
Standard Time.

ADDRESSES: The public meetings will be conducted at SBA Headquarters in 
Washington DC in the Eisenhower Conference room located on the 2nd 
    1. SBA is located at 409 3rd Street, SW., Washington DC 20416.
    2. Send pre-registration requests to attend and/or testify to Ms. 
Latrice Andrews, SBA's Office of Business Development at 
[email protected] or by facsimile to (202) 481-4042.
    3. Send all written comments to Mr. Joseph Loddo, Associate 
Administrator for Business Development, U.S. Small Business 
Administration, 409 3rd Street, SW., Washington, DC 20416.
    4. Visitors to SBA will be subject to a security screening and will 
be required to present identification.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have any questions on this 
proposed rulemaking, call or e-mail LeAnn Delaney, Deputy Associate 
Administrator, Office of Business Development, at (202) 205-5852, or 
[email protected]. If you have any questions about registering or 
attending the public meeting please contact Ms. Latrice Andrews, SBA's 
Office of Business Development at (202) 205-6031, or 
[email protected], or by facsimile to (202) 481-4042.


I. Background

    On October 28, 2009 (74 FR 55694-01), SBA issued a Notice of 
Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). In that document, SBA proposed to make a 
number of changes to the regulations governing the 8(a) BD Program 
Regulations and several changes to its Small Business Size Regulations. 
Some of the changes involve technical issues. Other changes are more 
substantive and result from SBA's experience in implementing the 
current regulations. In addition to written comments, SBA is requesting 
oral comments on the various approaches for the proposed changes.

II. Public Hearings

    The public meeting format will consist of a panel of SBA 
representatives who will preside over the session. The oral and written 
testimony will become part of the administrative record for SBA's 
consideration. Written testimony may be submitted in lieu of oral 
testimony. SBA will analyze the testimony, both oral and written, along 
with any written comments received. SBA officials may ask questions of 
a presenter to clarify or further explain the testimony. The purpose of 
the public meetings is to allow the general public to comment on SBA's 
proposed rulemaking. SBA requests that the comments focus on the 
proposed changes as stated in the NPRM. SBA requests that commentors do 
not raise issues pertaining to other SBA small business programs. 
Presenters may provide a written copy of their testimony. SBA will 
accept written material that the presenter wishes to provide that 
further supplements his or her testimony. Electronic or digitized 
copies are encouraged.
    SBA will hold additional public meetings before the close of the 
comment period for this rulemaking.

III. Registration

    Any individual interested in attending and making an oral 
presentation shall pre-register in advance with SBA. Registration 
requests must be received by SBA no later than 5 p.m., Monday, December 
7, 2009. Please contact Ms. Latrice Andrews of SBA's Office of Business 
Development in writing at [email protected] or by facsimile to 
(202) 481-4042. Please include the following information relating to 
the person testifying: Name, Organization affiliation, Address, 
Telephone number, E-mail address, and Fax number. SBA will attempt to 
accommodate all interested parties that wish to present testimony. 
Based on the number of registrants it may be necessary to impose time 
limits to ensure that everyone who wishes to testify has the 
opportunity to do so. SBA will send confirmation of registration in 
writing to the presenters and attendees.

IV. Information on Service for Individuals With Disabilities

    For information on facilities or services for individuals with 
disabilities or to request special assistance at the public meetings, 
contact Ms. Latrice Andrews at the telephone number or e-mail address 
indicated under the FOR

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FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice.

    Authority:  15 U.S.C. 632, 634(b)(6), 636(b), 637(a), 644, and 
662(5); and Pub. L. 105-135, sec. 401 et seq., 111 Stat. 2592.

    Dated: November 24, 2009.
Joseph Jordan,
Associate Administrator for Government Contracting and Business 
[FR Doc. E9-28664 Filed 11-25-09; 4:15 pm]