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Public Law 110-186
110th Congress

                                 An Act


 
To improve and expand small business assistance programs for veterans of 
        the armed forces and military reservists, and for other 
            purposes. <<NOTE: Feb. 14, 2008 -  [H.R. 4253]>> 

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress <<NOTE: Military Reservist and 
Veteran Small Business Reauthorization and Opportunity Act of 2008. 15 
USC 631 note.>> assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Military Reservist and Veteran Small 
Business Reauthorization and Opportunity Act of 2008''.
SEC. 2. TABLE OF CONTENTS.

    The table of contents for this Act is as follows:

Sec. 1. Short title.
Sec. 2. Table of contents.
Sec. 3. Definitions.

                 TITLE I--VETERANS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Sec. 101. Increased funding for the Office of Veterans Business 
           Development.
Sec. 102. Interagency task force.
Sec. 103. Permanent extension of SBA Advisory Committee on Veterans 
           Business Affairs.
Sec. 104. Office of Veterans Business Development.
Sec. 105. Increasing the number of outreach centers.
Sec. 106. Independent study on gaps in availability of outreach centers.
Sec. 107. Veterans assistance and services program.

                      TITLE II--RESERVIST PROGRAMS

Sec. 201. Reservist programs.
Sec. 202. Reservist loans.
Sec. 203. Noncollateralized loans.
Sec. 204. Loan priority.
Sec. 205. Relief from time limitations for veteran-owned small 
           businesses.
Sec. 206. Service-disabled veterans.
Sec. 207. Study on options for promoting positive working relations 
           between employers and their Reserve Component employees.
Sec. 208. Increased Veteran Participation Program.

SEC. 3. <<NOTE: 15 USC 636 note.>>  DEFINITIONS.

    In this Act--
            (1) the term ``activated'' means receiving an order placing 
        a Reservist on active duty;
            (2) the term ``active duty'' has the meaning given that term 
        in section 101 of title 10, United States Code;
            (3) the terms ``Administration'' and ``Administrator'' mean 
        the Small Business Administration and the Administrator thereof, 
        respectively;
            (4) the term ``Reservist'' means a member of a reserve 
        component of the Armed Forces, as described in section 10101 of 
        title 10, United States Code;

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            (5) the term ``Service Corps of Retired Executives'' means 
        the Service Corps of Retired Executives authorized by section 
        8(b)(1) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 637(b)(1));
            (6) the terms ``service-disabled veteran'' and ``small 
        business concern'' have the meaning as in section 3 of the Small 
        Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632);
            (7) the term ``small business development center'' means a 
        small business development center described in section 21 of the 
        Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 648); and
            (8) the term ``women's business center'' means a women's 
        business center described in section 29 of the Small Business 
        Act (15 U.S.C. 656).

                 TITLE I--VETERANS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

SEC. 101. INCREASED FUNDING FOR THE OFFICE OF VETERANS BUSINESS 
                        DEVELOPMENT.

    (a) <<NOTE: Appropriation authorization.>>  In General.--There are 
authorized to be appropriated to the Office of Veterans Business 
Development of the Administration, to remain available until expended--
            (1) $2,100,000 for fiscal year 2008; and
            (2) $2,300,000 for fiscal year 2009.

    (b) Funding Offset.--Amounts necessary to carry out subsection (a) 
shall be offset and made available through the reduction of the 
authorization of funding under section 20(e)(1)(B)(iv) of the Small 
Business Act (15 U.S.C. 631 note).
    (c) Sense of Congress.--It is the sense of Congress that any amounts 
provided pursuant to this section that are in excess of amounts provided 
to the Administration for the Office of Veterans Business Development in 
fiscal year 2007, should be used to support Veterans Business Outreach 
Centers.
SEC. 102. INTERAGENCY TASK FORCE.

    Section 32 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 657b) is amended--
            (1) by redesignating subsection (c) as (f); and
            (2) by inserting after subsection (b) the following:

    ``(c) Interagency Task Force.--
            ``(1) <<NOTE: Deadline. President.>>  Establishment.--Not 
        later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this 
        subsection, the President shall establish an interagency task 
        force to coordinate the efforts of Federal agencies necessary to 
        improve capital and business development opportunities for, and 
        ensure achievement of the pre-established Federal contracting 
        goals for, small business concerns owned and controlled by 
        service-disabled veterans and small business concerns owned and 
        controlled by veterans (in this section referred to as the `task 
        force').
            ``(2) Membership.--The members of the task force shall 
        include--
                    ``(A) the Administrator, who shall serve as 
                chairperson of the task force; and
                    ``(B) a senior level representative from--
                          ``(i) the Department of Veterans Affairs;
                          ``(ii) the Department of Defense;

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                          ``(iii) the Administration (in addition to the 
                      Administrator);
                          ``(iv) the Department of Labor;
                          ``(v) the Department of the Treasury;
                          ``(vi) the General Services Administration;
                          ``(vii) the Office of Management and Budget; 
                      and
                          ``(viii) 4 representatives from a veterans 
                      service organization or military organization or 
                      association, selected by the President.
            ``(3) Duties.--The task force shall--
                    ``(A) consult regularly with veterans service 
                organizations and military organizations in performing 
                the duties of the task force; and
                    ``(B) coordinate administrative and regulatory 
                activities and develop proposals relating to--
                          ``(i) improving capital access and capacity of 
                      small business concerns owned and controlled by 
                      service-disabled veterans and small business 
                      concerns owned and controlled by veterans through 
                      loans, surety bonding, and franchising;
                          ``(ii) ensuring achievement of the pre-
                      established Federal contracting goals for small 
                      business concerns owned and controlled by service-
                      disabled veterans and small business concerns 
                      owned and controlled by veterans through expanded 
                      mentor-protege assistance and matching such small 
                      business concerns with contracting opportunities;
                          ``(iii) increasing the integrity of 
                      certifications of status as a small business 
                      concern owned and controlled by service-disabled 
                      veterans or a small business concern owned and 
                      controlled by veterans;
                          ``(iv) reducing paperwork and administrative 
                      burdens on veterans in accessing business 
                      development and entrepreneurship opportunities;
                          ``(v) increasing and improving training and 
                      counseling services provided to small business 
                      concerns owned and controlled by veterans; and
                          ``(vi) making other improvements relating to 
                      the support for veterans business development by 
                      the Federal Government.''.
SEC. 103. PERMANENT EXTENSION OF SBA ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON 
                        VETERANS BUSINESS AFFAIRS.

    (a) Assumption of Duties.--Section 33 of the Small Business Act (15 
U.S.C. 657c) is amended--
            (1) by striking subsection (h); and
            (2) by redesignating subsections (i) through (k) as 
        subsections (h) through (j), respectively.

    (b) Permanent Extension of Authority.--Section 203 of the Veterans 
Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Act of 1999 (15 U.S.C. 
657b note) is amended by striking subsection (h).
SEC. 104. OFFICE OF VETERANS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT.

    Section 32 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 657b) is amended by 
inserting after subsection (c) (as added by section 102) the following:
    ``(d) Participation in TAP Workshops.--

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            ``(1) In general.--The Associate Administrator shall 
        increase veteran outreach by ensuring that Veteran Business 
        Outreach Centers regularly participate, on a nationwide basis, 
        in the workshops of the Transition Assistance Program of the 
        Department of Labor.
            ``(2) Presentations.--In carrying out paragraph (1), a 
        Veteran Business Outreach Center may provide grants to entities 
        located in Transition Assistance Program locations to make 
        presentations on the opportunities available from the 
        Administration for recently separating or separated veterans. 
        Each presentation under this paragraph shall include, at a 
        minimum, a description of the entrepreneurial and business 
        training resources available from the Administration.
            ``(3) Written materials.--The Associate Administrator 
        shall--
                    ``(A) create written materials that provide 
                comprehensive information on self-employment and 
                veterans entrepreneurship, including information on 
                resources available from the Administration on such 
                topics; and
                    ``(B) make the materials created under subparagraph 
                (A) available to the Secretary of Labor for inclusion in 
                the Transition Assistance Program manual.
            ``(4) Reports.--The Associate Administrator shall submit to 
        Congress progress reports on the implementation of this 
        subsection.

    ``(e) <<NOTE: Records.>>  Women Veterans Business Training.--The 
Associate Administrator shall--
            ``(1) compile information on existing resources available to 
        women veterans for business training, including resources for--
                    ``(A) vocational and technical education;
                    ``(B) general business skills, such as marketing and 
                accounting; and
                    ``(C) business assistance programs targeted to women 
                veterans; and
            ``(2) disseminate the information compiled under paragraph 
        (1) through Veteran Business Outreach Centers and women's 
        business centers.''.
SEC. 105. <<NOTE: 15 USC 637 note.>>  INCREASING THE NUMBER OF 
                        OUTREACH CENTERS.

    (a) In General.--The Administrator shall use the authority in 
section 8(b)(17) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 637(b)(17)) to 
ensure that the number of Veterans Business Outreach Centers throughout 
the United States increases--
            (1) subject to subsection (b), by at least 2, for each of 
        fiscal years 2008 and 2009; and
            (2) by the number that the Administrator considers 
        appropriate, based on need, for each fiscal year thereafter.

    (b) <<NOTE: Applicability.>>  Limitation.--Subsection (a)(1) shall 
apply in a fiscal year if, for that fiscal year, the amount made 
available for the Office of Veterans Business Development is more than 
the amount made available for the Office of Veterans Business 
Development for fiscal year 2007.
SEC. 106. INDEPENDENT STUDY ON GAPS IN AVAILABILITY OF OUTREACH 
                        CENTERS.

    The Administrator shall sponsor an independent study on gaps in the 
availability of Veterans Business Outreach Centers across

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the United States, to inform decisions on funding and on the allocation 
and coordination of resources. <<NOTE: Deadline. Reports.>>  Not later 
than 6 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator 
shall submit to Congress a report on the results of the study.
SEC. 107. VETERANS ASSISTANCE AND SERVICES PROGRAM.

    Section 21 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 648) is amended by 
adding at the end the following:
    ``(n) Veterans Assistance and Services Program.--
            ``(1) In general.--A small business development center may 
        apply for a grant under this subsection to carry out a veterans 
        assistance and services program.
            ``(2) Elements of program.--Under a program carried out with 
        a grant under this subsection, a small business development 
        center shall--
                    ``(A) create a marketing campaign to promote 
                awareness and education of the services of the center 
                that are available to veterans, and to target the 
                campaign toward veterans, service-disabled veterans, 
                military units, Federal agencies, and veterans 
                organizations;
                    ``(B) use technology-assisted online counseling and 
                distance learning technology to overcome the impediments 
                to entrepreneurship faced by veterans and members of the 
                Armed Forces; and
                    ``(C) increase coordination among organizations that 
                assist veterans, including by establishing virtual 
                integration of service providers and offerings for a 
                one-stop point of contact for veterans who are 
                entrepreneurs or owners of small business concerns.
            ``(3) Amount of grants.--A grant under this subsection shall 
        be for not less than $75,000 and not more than $250,000.
            ``(4) Funding.--Subject to amounts approved in advance in 
        appropriations Acts, the Administration may make grants or enter 
        into cooperative agreements to carry out the provisions of this 
        subsection.''.

                      TITLE II--RESERVIST PROGRAMS

SEC. 201. RESERVIST PROGRAMS.

    (a) Application Period.--Section 7(b)(3)(C) of the Small Business 
Act (15 U.S.C. 636(b)(3)(C)) is amended--
            (1) by striking ``90 days'' and inserting ``1 year''; and
            (2) by adding at the end the following: ``The Administrator 
        may, when appropriate (as determined by the Administrator), 
        extend the ending date specified in the preceding sentence by 
        not more than 1 year.''.

    (b) <<NOTE: 15 USC 636 note.>>  Pre-Consideration Process.--
            (1) Definition.--In this subsection, the term ``eligible 
        Reservist'' means a Reservist who--
                    (A) has not been ordered to active duty;
                    (B) expects to be ordered to active duty during a 
                period of military conflict; and
                    (C) can reasonably demonstrate that the small 
                business concern for which that Reservist is a key 
                employee will suffer economic injury in the absence of 
                that Reservist.

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            (2) <<NOTE: Deadline. Loans.>>  Establishment.--Not later 
        than 6 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the 
        Administrator shall establish a pre-consideration process, under 
        which the Administrator--
                    (A) may collect all relevant materials necessary for 
                processing a loan to a small business concern under 
                section 7(b)(3) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 
                636(b)(3)) before an eligible Reservist employed by that 
                small business concern is activated; and
                    (B) shall distribute funds for any loan approved 
                under subparagraph (A) if that eligible Reservist is 
                activated.

    (c) Outreach and Technical Assistance Program.--
            (1) <<NOTE: Deadline. Loans.>>  In general.--Not later than 
        6 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the 
        Administrator, in consultation with the Secretary of Veterans 
        Affairs and the Secretary of Defense, may develop a 
        comprehensive outreach and technical assistance program (in this 
        subsection referred to as the ``program'') to--
                    (A) market the loans available under section 7(b)(3) 
                of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 636(b)(3)) to 
                Reservists, and family members of Reservists, that are 
                on active duty and that are not on active duty; and
                    (B) provide technical assistance to a small business 
                concern applying for a loan under that section.
            (2) Components.--The program shall--
                    (A) incorporate appropriate websites maintained by 
                the Administration, the Department of Veterans Affairs, 
                and the Department of Defense; and
                    (B) require that information on the program is made 
                available to small business concerns directly through--
                          (i) the district offices and resource partners 
                      of the Administration, including small business 
                      development centers, women's business centers, and 
                      the Service Corps of Retired Executives; and
                          (ii) other Federal agencies, including the 
                      Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department 
                      of Defense.
            (3) Report.--
                    (A) In general.--Not later than 6 months after the 
                date of enactment of this Act, and every 6 months 
                thereafter until the date that is 30 months after such 
                date of enactment, the Administrator shall submit to 
                Congress a report on the status of the program.
                    (B) Contents.--Each report submitted under 
                subparagraph (A) shall include--
                          (i) for the 6-month period ending on the date 
                      of that report--
                                    (I) the number of loans approved 
                                under section 7(b)(3) of the Small 
                                Business Act (15 U.S.C. 636(b)(3));
                                    (II) the number of loans disbursed 
                                under that section; and
                                    (III) the total amount disbursed 
                                under that section; and
                          (ii) recommendations, if any, to make the 
                      program more effective in serving small business 
                      concerns that employ Reservists.

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SEC. 202. <<NOTE: 15 USC 636 note.>>  RESERVIST LOANS.

    (a) <<NOTE: Website.>>  In General.--The Administrator and the 
Secretary of Defense shall develop a joint website and printed materials 
providing information regarding any program for small business concerns 
that is available to veterans or Reservists.

    (b) Marketing.--The Administrator is authorized--
            (1) to advertise and promote the program under section 
        7(b)(3) of the Small Business Act jointly with the Secretary of 
        Defense and veterans' service organizations; and
            (2) to advertise and promote participation by lenders in 
        such program jointly with trade associations for banks or other 
        lending institutions.
SEC. 203. NONCOLLATERALIZED LOANS.

    Section 7(b)(3) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 636(b)(3)) is 
amended by adding at the end the following:
                    ``(G)(i) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, 
                the Administrator may make a loan under this paragraph 
                of not more than $50,000 without collateral.
                    ``(ii) The Administrator may defer payment of 
                principal and interest on a loan described in clause (i) 
                during the longer of--
                          ``(I) the 1-year period beginning on the date 
                      of the initial disbursement of the loan; and
                          ``(II) the period during which the relevant 
                      essential employee is on active duty.''.
SEC. 204. LOAN PRIORITY.

    Section 7(b)(3) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 636(b)(3)), as 
amended by this Act, is amended by adding at the end the following:
                    ``(H) The Administrator shall give priority to any 
                application for a loan under this paragraph and shall 
                process and make a determination regarding such 
                applications prior to processing or making a 
                determination on other loan applications under this 
                subsection, on a rolling basis.''.
SEC. 205. RELIEF FROM TIME LIMITATIONS FOR VETERAN-OWNED SMALL 
                        BUSINESSES.

    Section 3(q) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632(q)) is amended 
by adding at the end the following:
            ``(5) Relief from time limitations.--
                    ``(A) In general.--Any time limitation on any 
                qualification, certification, or period of participation 
                imposed under this Act on any program that is available 
                to small business concerns shall be extended for a small 
                business concern that--
                          ``(i) is owned and controlled by--
                                    ``(I) a veteran who was called or 
                                ordered to active duty under a provision 
                                of law specified in section 
                                101(a)(13)(B) of title 10, United States 
                                Code, on or after September 11, 2001; or
                                    ``(II) a service-disabled veteran 
                                who became such a veteran due to an 
                                injury or illness incurred or aggravated 
                                in the active military, naval, or air 
                                service during a period of active duty 
                                pursuant to a call or order to active 
                                duty under a provision

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                                of law referred to in subclause (I) on 
                                or after September 11, 2001; and
                          ``(ii) was subject to the time limitation 
                      during such period of active duty.
                    ``(B) Duration.--Upon submission of proper 
                documentation to the Administrator, the extension of a 
                time limitation under subparagraph (A) shall be equal to 
                the period of time that such veteran who owned or 
                controlled such a concern was on active duty as 
                described in that subparagraph.
                    ``(C) Exception for programs subject to federal 
                credit reform act of 1990.--The provisions of 
                subparagraphs (A) and (B) shall not apply to any 
                programs subject to the Federal Credit Reform Act of 
                1990 (2 U.S.C. 661 et seq.).''.
SEC. 206. <<NOTE: Deadline. Reports.>>  SERVICE-DISABLED VETERANS.

    Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the 
Comptroller General of the United States shall submit to the Committee 
on Small Business and Entrepreneurship of the Senate and the Committee 
on Small Business of the House of Representatives a report describing--
            (1) the types of assistance needed by service-disabled 
        veterans who wish to become entrepreneurs; and
            (2) any resources that would assist such service-disabled 
        veterans.
SEC. 207. STUDY ON OPTIONS FOR PROMOTING POSITIVE WORKING 
                        RELATIONS BETWEEN EMPLOYERS AND THEIR 
                        RESERVE COMPONENT EMPLOYEES.

    (a) Study Required.--The Comptroller General of the United States 
shall conduct a study on options for promoting positive working 
relations between employers and Reserve component employees of such 
employers, including assessing options for improving the time in which 
employers of Reservists are notified of the call or order of such 
members to active duty other than for training.
    (b) Report.--
            (1) In general.--Not later than 180 days after the date of 
        enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the United 
        States shall submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a 
        report on the study conducted under subsection (a).
            (2) Contents.--The report submitted under paragraph (1) 
        shall--
                    (A) provide a quantitative and qualitative 
                assessment of--
                          (i) what measures, if any, are being taken to 
                      inform Reservists of the obligations and 
                      responsibilities of such members to their 
                      employers;
                          (ii) how effective such measures have been; 
                      and
                          (iii) whether there are additional measures 
                      that could be taken to promote positive working 
                      relations between Reservists and their employers, 
                      including any steps that could be taken to ensure 
                      that employers are timely notified of a call to 
                      active duty; and
                    (B) assess whether there has been a reduction in the 
                hiring of Reservists by business concerns because of--

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                          (i) any increase in the use of Reservists 
                      after September 11, 2001; or
                          (ii) any change in any policy of the 
                      Department of Defense relating to Reservists after 
                      September 11, 2001.

    (c) Appropriate Committees of Congress Defined.--In this section, 
the term ``appropriate committees of Congress'' means--
            (1) the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on 
        Small Business and Entrepreneurship of the Senate; and
            (2) the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on 
        Small Business of the House of Representatives.
SEC. 208. INCREASED VETERAN PARTICIPATION PROGRAM.

    Section 7(a) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 636(a)) is amended 
by adding at the end the following:
            ``(32) Increased veteran participation program.--
                    ``(A) Definitions.--In this paragraph--
                          ``(i) the term `cost' has the meaning given 
                      that term in section 502 of the Federal Credit 
                      Reform Act of 1990 (2 U.S.C. 661a);
                          ``(ii) the term `pilot program' means the 
                      pilot program established under subparagraph (B); 
                      and
                          ``(iii) the term `veteran participation loan' 
                      means a loan made under this subsection to a small 
                      business concern owned and controlled by veterans 
                      of the Armed Forces or members of the reserve 
                      components of the Armed Forces.
                    ``(B) Establishment.--The Administrator shall 
                establish and carry out a pilot program under which the 
                Administrator shall reduce the fees for veteran 
                participation loans.
                    ``(C) Duration.--The pilot program shall terminate 
                at the end of the second full fiscal year after the date 
                that the Administrator establishes the pilot program.
                    ``(D) Maximum participation.--A veteran 
                participation loan shall include the maximum 
                participation levels by the Administrator permitted for 
                loans made under this subsection.
                    ``(E) Fees.--
                          ``(i) In general.--The fee on a veteran 
                      participation loan shall be equal to 50 percent of 
                      the fee otherwise applicable to that loan under 
                      paragraph (18).
                          ``(ii) Waiver.--The Administrator may waive 
                      clause (i) for a fiscal year if--
                                    ``(I) for the fiscal year before 
                                that fiscal year, the annual estimated 
                                rate of default of veteran participation 
                                loans exceeds that of loans made under 
                                this subsection that are not veteran 
                                participation loans;
                                    ``(II) the cost to the 
                                Administration of making loans under 
                                this subsection is greater than zero and 
                                such cost is directly attributable to 
                                the cost of making veteran participation 
                                loans; and
                                    ``(III) no additional sources of 
                                revenue authority are available to 
                                reduce the cost of making loans under 
                                this subsection to zero.

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                          ``(iii) Effect of waiver.--If the 
                      Administrator waives the reduction of fees under 
                      clause (ii), the Administrator--
                                    ``(I) shall not assess or collect 
                                fees in an amount greater than necessary 
                                to ensure that the cost of the program 
                                under this subsection is not greater 
                                than zero; and
                                    ``(II) shall reinstate the fee 
                                reductions under clause (i) when the 
                                conditions in clause (ii) no longer 
                                apply.
                          ``(iv) No increase of fees.--The Administrator 
                      shall not increase the fees under paragraph (18) 
                      on loans made under this subsection that are not 
                      veteran participation loans as a direct result of 
                      the pilot program.
                    ``(F) GAO report.--
                          ``(i) In general.--Not later than 1 year after 
                      the date that the pilot program terminates, the 
                      Comptroller General of the United States shall 
                      submit to the Committee on Small Business of the 
                      House of Representatives and the Committee on 
                      Small Business and Entrepreneurship of the Senate 
                      a report on the pilot program.
                          ``(ii) Contents.--The report submitted under 
                      clause (i) shall include--
                                    ``(I) the number of veteran 
                                participation loans for which fees were 
                                reduced under the pilot program;
                                    ``(II) a description of the impact 
                                of the pilot program on the program 
                                under this subsection;
                                    ``(III) an evaluation of the 
                                efficacy and potential fraud and abuse 
                                of the pilot program; and
                                    ``(IV) recommendations for improving 
                                the pilot program.''.

    Approved February 14, 2008.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 4253 (S. 1784):
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CONGRESSIONAL RECORD:
                                                        Vol. 153 (2007):
                                    Dec. 5, 6, considered and passed 
                                        House.
                                    Dec. 19, considered and passed 
                                        Senate, amended, in lieu of 
                                        S. 1784.
                                                        Vol. 154 (2008):
                                    Jan. 16, House concurred in Senate 
                                        amendment with an amendment 
                                        pursuant to H. Res. 921.
                                    Jan. 31, Senate concurred in House 
                                        amendment.

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