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HR 4816 IH 
   
101st Congress 
  2d Session 
H. R. 4816  
To promote the formation and growth of small businesses in rural areas and
assist in the economic development of such areas. 
 
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 
May 15, 1990 
Mr. MCDADE introduced the following bill; which was referred jointly to
the Committees on Small Business, Public Works and Transportation, and
Agriculture  
 
A BILL 
To promote the formation and growth of small businesses in rural areas and
assist in the economic development of such areas.
  Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
  States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
  This Act may be cited as the `Rural Small Business Enhancement Act of 1990'.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
  The Congress finds that--
  (1) 94 percent of the businesses located in rural areas are small businesses;
  (2) the rate of growth of small businesses in rural areas is 30 percent
  slower than the rate of growth of small businesses in urban areas;
  (3)  1/2  of all rural counties have an unemployment rate of more than
  9 percent;
  (4) only 8 percent of the 17,800,000 new jobs created between 1981 and
  1989 are located in rural areas;
  (5) 21 percent of the Nation's small businesses are located in rural areas;
  (6) the poverty rate in rural areas is significantly higher than the
  poverty rate in urban areas;
  (7) rural areas are losing an estimated 500,000 residents a year because
  of dwindling economic opportunities;
  (8) a lack of access to capital has contributed to the economic decline
  of rural areas;
  (9) providing technical assistance to small businesses in rural areas is
  crucial to the development and growth of these enterprises;
  (10) to enhance the prosperity of rural areas, it is necessary to create
  and expand domestic and foreign markets for the goods and services of
  small businesses located in rural areas;
  (11) small businesses in rural areas have not received an adequate number
  of Government contracts;
  (12) rural areas are underrepresented in the allocation of resources by
  most Federal agencies;
  (13) the deteriorating infrastructure of rural areas has precipitated a
  slowdown of commerce in these communities; and
  (14) the lack of coordination in managing Federal rural assistance programs,
  reductions in such programs, the lack of commitment of Federal resources
  to assist rural areas, and the disproportionately low share of Federal
  resources received by rural areas may be contributing to the continued
  economic decline of rural areas.
TITLE I--LOAN PROGRAMS
SEC. 101. DEFINITIONS.
  Section 3 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 631) is amended by adding
  at the end thereof the following new subsection:
  `(m) RURAL AREA AND RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ENTITY DEFINED- For the
  purposes of this Act--
  `(1) the term `rural area' means--
  `(A) a county with 100,000 population or less; or
  `(B) a county with 310,000 population or less, the preponderance of which
  resides in nonmetropolitan areas, as determined by the Administrator; and
  `(2) the term `rural economic development entity' means an entity which has
  demonstrated experience in loan packaging or which has provided financial
  assistance to small business concerns in a rural area and which is located
  in, and operated by residents of, such area. Such entities may include
  non-profit community development corporations, economic development
  districts, local development districts (as defined by the Appalachian
  Regional Commission), small business development centers, certified
  development companies, councils of government, area loan organizations,
  industrial development authorities, industrial development corporations,
  and chambers of commerce.'.
SEC. 102. ESTABLISHMENT OF LOAN PROGRAMS.
  (a) IN GENERAL- The Small Business Act is amended by inserting after
  section 23 (15 U.S.C. 650) the following new sections:
`SEC. 24. RURAL SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE LOANS.
  `(a) IN GENERAL- The Administrator shall make loans to rural economic
  development entities from amounts appropriated pursuant to subsection (h).
  `(b) USE OF LOANS- A loan made under this section to a rural economic
  development entity shall be used by such entity to make loans, either
  directly or in cooperation with other lenders, to small business concerns
  in rural areas for the purpose of assisting in the creation and expansion
  of such business concerns.
  `(c) APPLICATIONS- The Administrator shall prescribe the form and
  procedures for rural economic development entities to apply for loans
  under this section.
  `(d) MAXIMUM LOAN AMOUNTS-
  `(1) LOANS TO RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ENTITIES- A loan made by the
  Administrator to a rural economic development entity under this section
  shall not exceed $750,000.
  `(2) LOANS TO SMALL BUSINESS CONCERNS- A loan made by a rural economic
  development entity to a small business concern under this section shall
  not exceed $200,000.
  `(e) INTEREST RATE- A loan made to a rural economic development entity
  under this section shall bear interest at a rate to be determined by the
  Administrator.
  `(f) TERMS AND CONDITIONS- A loan made to a rural economic development
  entity under this section shall be subject to such terms and conditions
  as may be prescribed by the Administrator.
  `(g) REPORT- A rural economic development entity which receives a loan
  under this section during a fiscal year shall submit to the Administrator
  before the end of such fiscal year a report describing the distribution
  of amounts received under the loan.
  `(h) AVAILABLE AMOUNTS FROM BUSINESS LOAN AND INVESTMENT FUND- There is
  authorized to be made available out of the business loan and investment
  fund to carry out this section $100,000,000 per fiscal year for each of
  fiscal years 1991, 1992, and 1993.
`SEC. 25. RURAL SMALL BUSINESS INCUBATOR ASSISTANCE LOANS.
  `(a) IN GENERAL- The Administrator shall make loans to rural economic
  development entities from amounts appropriated pursuant to subsection (i).
  `(b) USE OF LOANS- A loan made under this section to a rural economic
  development entity shall be used by such entity to establish rural small
  business incubators.
  `(c) CRITERIA- The Administrator shall make loans under this section to
  rural economic development entities located in rural areas in which rural
  small business incubators would have the greatest economic impact.
  `(d) RURAL SMALL BUSINESS INCUBATOR DEFINED- For the purposes of this
  section, the term `rural small business incubator' means a facility in
  a rural area which houses more than 1 small business concern and which
  is managed by an operator who provides each such small business concern
  access to equipment and professional, technical, and financial services.
  `(e) APPLICATIONS- The Administrator shall prescribe the form and
  procedures for rural economic development entities to apply for loans
  under this section.
  `(f) INTEREST RATE- A loan made to a rural economic development entity
  under this section shall bear interest at a rate to be determined by the
  Administrator.
  `(g) TERMS AND CONDITIONS- A loan made to a rural economic development
  entity under this section shall be subject to such terms and conditions
  as the may be prescribed by the Administrator.
  `(h) INFORMATION CONCERNING RESOURCES- The Administrator shall provide to
  the operators of rural small business incubators information concerning the
  technical and management assistance resources available to small business
  concerns from the Administration.
  `(i) AVAILABLE AMOUNTS FROM BUSINESS LOAN AND INVESTMENT FUND- There is
  authorized to be made available out of the business loan and investment
  fund to carry out this section $40,000,000 per fiscal year for each of
  fiscal years 1991, 1992, and 1993.'.
  (b) CONFORMING AMENDMENT- Section 4(c)(1) of the Small Business Act
  (15 U.S.C. 633(c)(1)) is amended by striking `and 8(a)' in clause (B)
  and inserting `8(a), 24, and 25'.
TITLE II--RURAL SMALL BUSINESS INVESTMENT COMPANIES
SEC. 201. CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS.
  Section 302(a) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 682) is amended--
  (1) by striking `(a)' and inserting `(a)(1)';
  (2) by inserting `Provided, further, That the combined private paid-in
  capital and paid-in surplus of any company licensed on or after October 1,
  1989, pursuant to sections 301 (c) and (d) of this Act shall not be less
  than $1,000,000.' after `$500,000.'; and
  (3) by adding at the end thereof the following new paragraph:
  `(2) In the case of a company licensed pursuant to sections 301 (c) and
  (d) to assist small business concerns located in rural areas, the paid-in
  capital may include contributions by--
  `(A) State and local governments, if such contributions are not directly
  or indirectly derived from Federal funds; and
  `(B) not-for-profit institutions, if such contributions are not directly
  or indirectly derived from Federal funds, and if--
  `(i) in the case of a corporation--
  `(I) such contributions do not exceed 49 percent of the company's combined
  paid-in capital and paid-in surplus;
  `(II) the aggregate amount of voting stock held by such contributors does
  not exceed 49 percent of the total issued and outstanding voting stock of
  such company; and
  `(III) not less than 60 percent of the members of the board of directors
  of such company are from the private sector; and
  `(ii) in the case of a partnership--
  `(I) such contributions do not exceed 49 percent of the partnership
  capital; and
  `(II) the partnership interest of such contributions is that of a limited
  partner.'.
TITLE III--TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR RURAL SMALL BUSINESS CONCERNS
SEC. 301. ESTABLISHMENT OF OFFICE OF RURAL AFFAIRS.
  The Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 631 et seq.) is amended by inserting
  after section 25, as inserted by section 102 of this Act, the following
  new section:
`SEC. 26. OFFICE OF RURAL AFFAIRS.
  `(a) ESTABLISHMENT- There is hereby established in the Small Business
  Administration an Office of Rural Affairs (hereinafter in this section
  referred to as the `Office').
  `(b) APPOINTMENT OF ASSOCIATE ADMINISTRATOR- The Office shall be headed
  by an Associate Administrator who shall be appointed by the Administrator
  not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this section.
  `(c) GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES- The Office shall--
  `(1) ensure that small business concerns located in rural areas receive a
  percentage of the financial assistance available from the Administration
  which is representative of the population and economic needs of such areas;
  `(2) compile statistics on rural areas, including statistics concerning the
  population, poverty, job creation and retention, unemployment, bankruptcies,
  annual business failures, and annual business startups in such areas;
  `(3) provide information to industries, organizations, and State and local
  governments concerning the assistance available to rural small business
  concerns through the Administration and through other Federal departments
  and agencies; and
  `(4) provide information to industries, organizations, educational
  institutions, and State and local governments concerning programs
  administered by private organizations, educational institutions, and Federal,
  State, and local governments which improve the economic opportunities of
  rural citizens.
  `(d) STATISTICS TO BE INCLUDED IN PRESIDENT'S REPORT- Statistics on rural
  areas compiled under subsection (c)(2) shall be included in the President's
  annual report on small business and competition as required under section
  303 of the Small Business Economic Policy Act of 1980.
  `(e) GRANT PROGRAMS- The Associate Administrator shall assist the
  Administrator in administering grant programs established by sections 27
  through 30.'.
SEC. 302. GRANT PROGRAMS TO PROVIDE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO RURAL SMALL
BUSINESS CONCERNS.
  The Small Business Act is amended by redesignating section 30 as section
  34 and inserting after section 26, as inserted by section 301 of this Act,
  the following new section:
`SEC. 27. GRANTS FOR RURAL TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE SPECIALISTS.
  `(a) IN GENERAL- Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment
  of this section, the Administrator shall make grants to rural economic
  development entities to fund a portion of the salaries and expenses of
  rural technical assistance specialists.
  `(b) RURAL TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE SPECIALIST DEFINED- For the purposes of
  this section, the term `rural technical assistance specialist' means an
  individual who provides assistance to small business concerns in rural areas
  in business management, compliance with Federal regulations, infrastructure
  improvement, marketing, and such other areas as may be beneficial to the
  economic growth of such business concerns.
  `(c) MAXIMUM LOAN AMOUNTS- Loans made by the Administrator to a rural
  economic development entity during a fiscal year under this section shall
  not exceed $15,000.
  `(d) APPLICATIONS- The Administrator shall prescribe the form and procedures
  for rural economic development entities to apply for grants under this
  section.
  `(e) DISTRIBUTION OF GRANTS- The Administrator shall ensure an equal
  geographic distribution of grants to rural areas under this section.
  `(f) REPORT- Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this
  section, the Administrator shall submit to Congress a report containing an
  evaluation of the effectiveness of grants made under this section together
  with a recommendation as to whether the grant program should be continued.
  `(g) AUTHORIZATION FOR APPROPRIATIONS- There is authorized to be appropriated
  to carry out this section $1,000,000 for fiscal year 1991.
`SEC. 28. MARKETING ASSISTANCE GRANTS.
  `(a) IN GENERAL- The Administrator shall make grants to rural economic
  development entities and to small business concerns for projects and studies
  designed to assist small business concerns in rural areas in marketing
  their products and services in the United States and foreign countries.
  `(b) APPLICATIONS- The Administrator shall prescribe the form and procedures
  for rural economic development entities and small business concerns to
  apply for grants under this section.
  `(c) MATCHING- The Administrator shall require that rural economic
  development entities and small business concerns applying for grants under
  this section meet the matching requirement contained in section 30.
  `(d) AUTHORIZATION FOR APPROPRIATIONS- There is authorized to be appropriated
  to carry out this section $10,000,000 per fiscal year for each of fiscal
  years 1991, 1992, and 1993.
`SEC. 29. RURAL TOURISM GRANTS.
  `(a) IN GENERAL- The Administrator shall make grants to rural economic
  development entities and to small business concerns to assist in funding
  marketing studies and other projects designed to promote the growth of
  small business concerns in rural areas by increasing tourism in such areas.
  `(b) APPLICATIONS- The Administrator shall prescribe the form and procedures
  for rural economic development entities and small business concerns to
  apply for grants under this section.
  `(c) MATCHING- The Administrator shall require that rural economic
  development entities and small concerns applying for grants under this
  section meet the matching requirement contained in section 30.
  `(d) AUTHORIZATION FOR APPROPRIATIONS- There is authorized to be appropriated
  to carry out this section $5,000,000 per fiscal year for each of fiscal
  years 1991, 1992, and 1993.
`SEC. 30. MATCHING REQUIREMENT FOR RURAL TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAMS.
  `In order to meet the requirement of this section, an applicant for a grant
  must certify to the Administrator for a fiscal year that the applicant
  will expend an amount to be determined in accordance with paragraphs (1)
  through (4) from non-Federal sources for the same purposes as are authorized
  for expenditure of the grant. For the purposes of paragraphs (1) through
  (4), the Administrator shall determine the average per capita income of
  the United States and the average per capita income of a rural area by
  referring to the most recent decennial census information available from
  the Bureau of the Census.
  `(1) MATCH OF 100 PERCENT REQUIRED- If the applicant is located in a rural
  area which has an average per capita income of 100 percent or more of the
  average per capita income of the United States, the amount shall be 100
  percent of the grant.
  `(2) MATCH OF 67 PERCENT REQUIRED- If the applicant is located in a rural
  area which has an average per capita income of at least 90 percent but less
  than 100 percent of the average per capita income of the United States,
  the amount shall be 67 percent of the grant.
  `(3) MATCH OF 50 PERCENT REQUIRED- If the applicant is located in a rural
  area which has an average per capita income of at least 80 percent but
  less than 90 percent of the average per capita income of the United States,
  the amount shall be 50 percent of the grant.
  `(4) MATCH OF 33 PERCENT REQUIRED- If the applicant is located in a rural
  area which has an average per capita income of less than 80 percent of
  the average per capita income of the United States, the amount shall be
  33 percent of the grant.'.
TITLE IV--RURAL INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT
SEC. 401. AUTHORIZATION FOR ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATION.
  Section 106(a)(3) of the Surface Transportation and Uniform Relocation
  Assistance Act of 1987 (23 U.S.C. 104 note) is amended by striking
  `$600,000,000' and inserting `$660,000,000'.
SEC. 402. RURAL SCENIC BYWAYS.
  (a) ESTABLISHMENT- Chapter 1 of title 23, United States Code, is amended
  by adding at the end the following new section:
`Sec. 159. Rural scenic byways
  `(a) IN GENERAL- In order to promote safe travel in rural areas and to
  improve access to and enhance public enjoyment of cultural, historic,
  recreational, and scenic resources in such areas, each State shall conduct a
  program for the preservation and improvement of rural scenic byways. Under
  each such program, the State shall use amounts apportioned to such State
  pursuant to subsection (e) for construction projects on rural scenic byways.
  `(b) RURAL SCENIC BYWAY DEFINED- For the purposes of this section, the term
  `rural scenic byway' means a portion of a highway which--
  `(1) is on a Federal-aid system;
  `(2) is located in a rural area, as defined in section 3(m) of the Small
  Business Act; and
  `(3) is designated as a rural scenic byway by the Governor of a State
  pursuant to subsection (d).
  `(c) PARTICIPATION BY LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL ENTITIES- Any county or other
  local governmental entity in a State may transmit to the Governor of such
  State recommendations--
  `(1) for portions of highways in such county or locality to be designated
  as rural scenic byways; and
  `(2) for construction projects on such portions of highways to be carried
  out under the rural scenic byways program of such State.
  `(d) DESIGNATION OF RURAL SCENIC BYWAYS; DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS- Based on
  recommendations received pursuant to subsection (c) and after consultation
  with a Regional Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration,
  the Governor of each State shall--
  `(1) designate rural scenic byways in such State; and
  `(2) distribute amounts apportioned to such State pursuant to subsection
  (e) for construction projects to be carried out under the rural scenic
  byways program of such State.
  `(e) APPORTIONMENT OF FUNDS- On October 1 of each fiscal year, the Secretary
  shall apportion amounts appropriated for such fiscal year pursuant to
  subsection (h) among the several States in the ratio which the miles of
  rural highways in each State bears to the total miles of rural highways
  in all States, as determined by the Secretary.
  `(f) USE OF APPORTIONED AMOUNTS- Amounts apportioned to a State pursuant
  to subsection (e) shall be used to pay the entire cost of construction
  projects carried out under the rural scenic byways program of such State.
  `(g) APPLICABILITY OF OTHER SECTIONS OF THIS TITLE- All of the provisions
  of this title applicable to highways on the Federal-aid system on which
  a portion of a highway designated as a rural scenic byway is located,
  except those provisions that the Secretary determines are inconsistent
  with this section, shall apply to such rural scenic byways and to funds
  authorized to carry out this section.
  `(h) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS- There is authorized to be appropriated
  out of the Highway Trust Fund to carry out this section $200,000,000 per
  fiscal year for each of fiscal years 1991, 1992, and 1993.'.
  (b) CONFORMING AMENDMENT- The analysis for chapter 1 of such title is
  amended by adding at the end the following new item:
`159. Rural scenic byways.'.
TITLE V--NATIONAL COMMISSION ON RURAL AMERICA
SEC. 501. NATIONAL COMMISSION ON RURAL AMERICA.
  (a) ESTABLISHMENT- There is hereby established the National Commission on
  Rural America (hereinafter in this section referred to as the `Commission').
  (b) DUTIES- The Commission shall--
  (1) conduct nationwide hearings to receive testimony as to the efficacy
  of Federal rural assistance programs;
  (2) make recommendations as to the continuation, improvement, or termination
  of each Federal rural assistance program;
  (3) identify any needs of rural areas which are not met by Federal rural
  assistance programs and make recommendations for the implementation of
  new programs to address such needs;
  (4) recommend methods to improve the coordination of Federal rural
  assistance programs;
  (5) research the need for a comprehensive plan for the direction of all
  Federal rural programs by a single agency; and
  (6) develop a thorough agenda with specific policy options and guidelines
  for Federal rural assistance policy in the 21st century.
  (c) MEMBERSHIP-
  (1) NUMBER AND APPOINTMENT- The Commission shall consist of 9 members to
  be appointed not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of
  this Act as follows:
  (A) APPOINTMENTS BY THE PRESIDENT- The President shall appoint a chairman,
  a vice chairman, and 3 other members of the Commission.
  (B) APPOINTMENTS BY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS- The following members of Congress
  shall each appoint 1 member of the Commission:
  (i) The Majority Leader of the Senate.
  (ii) The Minority Leader of the Senate.
  (iii) The Speaker of the House of Representatives.
  (iv) The Minority Leader of the House of Representatives.
  (2) QUALIFICATIONS- Members of the Commission shall be appointed from
  among individuals--
  (A) who are not elected officials or employees of the Federal Government
  or a State or local government,
  (B) who do not serve as officers of a political party, and
  (C) who are qualified to serve on the Commission by virtue of their
  education, training, experience, and demonstrated interest in the economic
  vitality of rural America.
  (3) GEOGRAPHICAL BALANCE- Appointments under paragraph (1) shall be made
  with an attempt to achieve a balanced geographical representation of the
  members on the Commission.
  (4) TERMS- Members shall be appointed for the life of the Commission.
  (5) VACANCIES- A vacancy on the Commission shall be filled in the manner
  as the original appointment was made.
  (6) COMPENSATION- Members of the Commission shall receive no pay on account
  of their service on the Commission, but while away from their homes or
  place of business in the performance of their duties on the Commission,
  members of the Commission shall be allowed travel expenses, including
  per diem in lieu of subsistence, in the same manner as persons employed
  intermittently in the Government service are allowed expenses under section
  5703 of title 5, United States Code.
  (d) MEETINGS-
  (1) QUORUM- 5 members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum but a
  lesser number may hold hearings.
  (2) VOTING- Decisions of the Commission shall be made according to the
  vote of a majority of the members present at a meeting at which a quorum
  is present.
  (e) DIRECTOR AND STAFF; EXPERTS AND CONSULTANTS-
  (1) DIRECTOR- The Commission shall, without regard to section 5311(b)
  of title 5, United States Code, have a director who shall be appointed
  by the chairman and who shall be paid at a rate not to exceed the daily
  equivalent of the annual rate of basic pay in effect under section 5332
  of title 5, United States Code, for level GS-18 of the General Schedule.
  (2) STAFF- Upon the recommendation of the director and without regard to
  section 5311(b) of title 5, United States Code, the chairman may appoint
  such additional personnel as the chairman considers appropriate. The
  chairman may pay such staff at rates not to exceed the daily equivalent
  of the annual rate of basic pay in effect under section 5332 of title 5,
  United States Code, for level GS-18 of the General Schedule.
  (3) STAFF OF FEDERAL AGENCIES- Upon request of the chairman, the head of
  any Federal department or agency is authorized to detail, on a reimbursable
  basis, any of the personnel of such agency to the Commission to assist
  the Commission in carrying out its duties under subsection (b).
  (4) EXPERTS AND CONSULTANTS- With the approval of the Commission, the
  chairman may procure temporary and intermittent services under section
  3109(b) of title 5, United States Code.
  (f) POWERS OF THE COMMISSION-
  (1) HEARINGS- The Commission may, for the purposes of carrying out its
  duties under subsection (b), hold such hearings, sit and act at such
  times and places, take such testimony, and receive such evidence, as the
  Commission considers appropriate.
  (2) OBTAINING INFORMATION- Except as otherwise provided by law, the
  Commission may secure directly from any Federal department or agency of the
  United States information necessary to enable it to carry out its duties
  under subsection (b). Upon request of the chairman of the Commission,
  the head of a department or agency shall furnish such information to
  the Commission.
  (3) MAILS- The Commission may use the United States mails in the same
  manner and under the same conditions as other departments and agencies of
  the United States.
  (4) ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT SERVICES- The Administrator of General Services
  shall provide the Commission on a reimbursable basis such administrative
  support services as the Commission may request. In addition, upon the
  request of the Commission, the Administrator shall provide the Commission
  with such access and use of Federal facilities as is necessary to enable
  it to carry out its duties under subsection (b).
  (g) REPORT- Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this
  Act, the Commission shall transmit to the President and to each Member of
  the Congress a report containing its findings and recommendations.
  (h) TERMINATION- The Commission shall terminate not later than 2 months
  after submitting a report under subsection (g).
TITLE VI. RESEARCH AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS
SEC. 601. STUDIES AND REPORTS; CATALOG.
  The Small Business Act is amended by inserting after section 30, as inserted
  by section 303 of this Act, the following new sections:
`SEC. 31. STUDY OF METHODS TO ASSIST RURAL SMALL BUSINESS CONCERNS OBTAIN
GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS.
  `(a) STUDY- The Administrator of the Small Business Administration shall
  study methods to assist small business concerns in rural areas obtain
  Government contracts. Such study shall include an examination of the
  steps taken by each Federal department and agency engaged in procurement
  to award contracts to small business concerns in rural areas.
  `(b) REPORT- Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment
  of this Act, the Administrator shall submit to Congress a report on the
  results of the Administrator's study under subsection (a) together with
  recommendations for implementing the results of such study. Such study
  shall be updated on an annual basis.
`SEC. 32. STUDY OF METHODS TO EXPAND EXPORT OF GOODS AND SERVICES OF RURAL
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERNS.
  `(a) STUDY- The Administrator of the Small Business Administration shall
  study methods to expand the export of goods produced and services provided
  by small business concerns in rural areas. Such study shall include an
  examination of the obstacles which such small business concerns face in
  exporting their goods and services and ways in which to eliminate such
  obstacles.
  `(b) REPORT- Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment
  of this Act, the Administrator shall submit to Congress a report on the
  results of the Administrator's study under subsection (a) together with
  recommendations for implementing the results of such study. Such study
  shall be updated on an annual basis.
`SEC. 33. CATALOG OF FEDERAL PROGRAMS ASSISTING RURAL SMALL BUSINESS CONCERNS.
  `(a) COMPILATION- Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment
  of this Act, the Administrator of the Small Business Administration
  shall compile a catalog of programs administered by Federal departments
  and agencies which offer assistance to small business concerns in rural
  areas. Such catalog shall include a description of each such program and
  instructions for contacting a Federal official responsible for administering
  the program.
  `(b) DISTRIBUTION- Copies of the catalog compiled under this section
  shall be transmitted to Congress upon its completion and additional copies
  shall be made available to small business concerns in rural areas, Federal
  departments and agencies, non-profit organizations, and the general public.
  `(c) UPDATES- The Administrator shall update the catalog compiled under
  this section every 2 years.'.