Text: H.R.3559 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (11/20/2013)


113th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 3559


To establish a program to accelerate entrepreneurship and innovation by partnering world-class entrepreneurs with Federal agencies.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

November 20, 2013

Mr. Honda (for himself and Mr. Lankford) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform


A BILL

To establish a program to accelerate entrepreneurship and innovation by partnering world-class entrepreneurs with Federal agencies.

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 “Entrepreneur-in-Residence Act of 2013”.

SEC. 2. Definitions.

For purposes of this Act—

(1) the term “Director” means the Director of the Office of Personnel Management;

(2) the term “program” means the Federal entrepreneur-in-residence program established under section 3(a);

(3) the term “entrepreneur-in-residence” means an individual appointed to a position under the program; and

(4) the term “agency” means an Executive agency, as defined in section 105 of title 5, United States Code.

SEC. 3. Federal entrepreneur-in-residence program.

(a) Program established.—The Director, in consultation with the Administrator of the Small Business Administration and the Secretary of Commerce, shall establish a Federal entrepreneur-in-residence program under which the Director, with the concurrence of the head of an agency, may appoint an entrepreneur-in-residence to a position in the excepted service in the agency to carry out the duties described in subsection (d).

(b) Mission of program.—The mission of the program shall be to—

(1) provide for better outreach by the Federal Government to the private sector;

(2) strengthen coordination and interaction between the Federal Government and the private sector on issues relevant to entrepreneurs and business concerns; and

(3) make Federal programs simpler, quicker, more efficient, and more responsive to the needs of business concerns and entrepreneurs.

(c) Appointments.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The Director—

(A) shall appoint entrepreneurs-in-residence under the program during each year; and

(B) may not appoint more than 10 entrepreneurs-in-residence during any year.

(2) SELECTION.—The Director shall select entrepreneurs-in-residence from among individuals who—

(A) are successful in their field;

(B) have demonstrated success in working with business concerns and entrepreneurs; or

(C) have successfully developed, invented, or created a product and brought the product to the marketplace.

(3) PLACEMENT.—In appointing entrepreneurs-in-residence, the Director shall—

(A) give priority to placing entrepreneurs-in-residence across the Federal Government at separate agencies; and

(B) to the extent practicable, not appoint more than 2 entrepreneurs-in-residence to positions in the same agency during the same year.

(4) TERMS OF APPOINTMENT.—An entrepreneur-in-residence—

(A) shall be a full-time employee of the agency to which the entrepreneur-in-residence is appointed; and

(B) may not serve as an entrepreneur-in-residence for more than a period of 2 years.

(d) Duties.—An entrepreneur-in-residence shall—

(1) assist Federal agencies in improving outreach to business concerns and entrepreneurs;

(2) provide recommendations to the head of the agency employing the entrepreneur-in-residence on inefficient or duplicative programs, if any, at the agency;

(3) provide recommendations to the head of the agency employing the entrepreneur-in-residence on methods to improve program efficiency at the agency or new initiatives, if any, that may be instituted at the agency;

(4) facilitate meetings and forums to educate business concerns and entrepreneurs on programs or initiatives of the agency employing the entrepreneur-in-residence;

(5) facilitate in-service sessions with employees of the agency employing the entrepreneur-in-residence on issues of concern to business concerns and entrepreneurs; and

(6) provide technical assistance or mentorship to business concerns and entrepreneurs in accessing programs at the agency employing the entrepreneur-in-residence.

(e) Compensation.—An entrepreneur-in-residence shall be compensated at the rate of $1 a year.

(f) Reporting.—An entrepreneur-in-residence shall report directly to the head of the agency employing the entrepreneur-in-residence.

(g) Authority To establish working group.—The Director may establish an informal working group of entrepreneurs-in-residence to allow for entrepreneurs-in-residence to meet to discuss best practices, experiences, and recommendations in order to create an informal knowledge base for current and future entrepreneurs-in-residence.

(h) Termination.—The Director may not appoint an entrepreneur-in-residence under this section after September 30, 2017.