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Small Business Size Standards: A Historical Analysis of Contemporary Issues
standards and to provide greater consistency for industrial classifications that
have similar economic characteristics.
" P.L. 114-328, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017,
which authorizes the SBA to establish different size standards for agricultural
enterprises using existing methods and appeal processes. Previously, the small
business size standard for agricultural enterprises was set in statute as having
annual receipts not in excess of $750,000.
" Legislation introduced during the 112th Congress (H.R. 585, the Small Business
Size Standard Flexibility Act of 2011), 113th Congress (H.R. 2542, the
Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2013, and included in H.R. 4, the
Jobs for America Act), 114th Congress (H.R. 527, the Small Business Regulatory
Flexibility Improvements Act of 2015, and its Senate companion bill, S. 1536),
and 115th Congress (H.R. 33, the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility
Improvements Act of 2017, and its Senate companion bill, S. 584, and included
in H.R. 5, the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017) to authorize the SBA's
Office of Chief Counsel for Advocacy to approve or disapprove a size standard
requested by a federal agency for purposes other than the Small Business Act or
the Small Business Investment Act of 1958. The SBA's Administrator currently
has that authority.
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Dilger, Robert Jay. Small Business Size Standards: A Historical Analysis of Contemporary Issues, report, April 17, 2018; Washington D.C.. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1156786/m1/3/?q=%22business%22: accessed March 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.