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Manufacturing Extension Partnership: Most Federal Spending Directly Supprts Work with Manufacturers, but Distribution Could Be Improved
Frank Rusco (au)
Manufacturing plays a key role in the U.S. economy. Congress established the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program in the Dept. of Commerce's (Commerce) Nat. Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in 1988. The program's objectives are to enhance productivity and technological performance and to strengthen the global competitiveness of target manufacturing firms, namely small and medium-sized U.S.-based firms. Under this program, NIST partners with 60 nonfederal organizations called MEP centers. The centers, located in 50 states and Puerto Rico, help target firms develop new customers and expand capacity, among other things. NIST awards federal funding to centers under annually renewed cooperative agreements, subject to the centers providing matching funds and receiving a positive performance evaluation. This report (1) describes, over the past 5 years, how NIST spent federal MEP program funds and (2) examines the basis for NIST's cooperative agreement award spending. Tables and figures. This is a print on demand report.
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