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Corporate Author United States. Government Accountability Office.

Title Space acquisitions [electronic resource] : challenges in commercializing technologies developed under the Small Business Innovation Research Program : report to congressional requesters.

Imprint [Washington, D.C.] : U.S. Govt. Accountability Office, [2010]


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Federal Documents Online  GA 1.13:GAO-11-21    ---  Available
Description 1 online resource (ii, 36 p.) : ill.
System Details System requirements: Adobe Reader.
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Note Title from cover screen (GAO, viewed Nov. 27, 2010).
"November 2010."
Summary To be competitive in the global economy, the United States relies heavily on innovation through research and development (R&D). The Small Business Innovation Development Act of 1982 established the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program to stimulate technological innovation among small businesses. SBIR offers one avenue for introducing technological innovation in the Department of Defense (DOD) space sector. GAO was asked to assess (1) the extent to which DOD is utilizing the SBIR program to develop and transition space-related technologies; and (2) whether small businesses face challenges to participating in the space industrial base. To do this, GAO analyzed program documentation and DOD data on the SBIR program and interviewed key officials. GAO recommends that DOD consider collecting data on all SBIR technologies that transition into DOD acquisitions or the commercial sector and ensure these data are defined and recorded consistently; complete efforts to develop and issue SBIR program guidance; and review the challenges identified by stakeholders in this report to assess the extent to which there are improvements that could be made to address them. DOD partially concurred to collect data, and concurred to develop and issue guidance. DOD did not agree to review the challenges identified by stakeholders. GAO believes this recommendation remains valid.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Note "GAO-11-21."
Subject United States. Department of Defense. SBIR Program Office -- Rules and practice -- Evaluation.
Small business -- Research -- United States.
Aerospace industries -- United States.
Added Title Challenges in commercializing technologies developed under the Small Business Innovation Research Program
Gpo Item No. 0546-D (online)
Sudoc No. GA 1.13:GAO-11-21

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