Mr. MANZULLO. Madam Chair, I will not use the 5 minutes, and submit my full remarks in the Record.
This amendment is very simple. It authorizes $2 million for NIST to develop a software package so that manufacturers have basic information about all the Federal programs available to assist them, particularly in the area of research and development. It will provide a link so that manufacturers would know the latest status of all Federal R&D projects relating to manufacturing.
I first realized the need for this software after speaking at a speaking engagement in Nashville, Tennessee. I was walking on the showroom floor and found a major manufacturer from Kansas City with a display that was very familiar to me. The display had a miniature spur gear mounted near the nose of Lincoln on a Lincoln penny. The EIGERlab in Rockford, Illinois has this exact same way of displaying their miniature spur gear. I asked the employees of the major manufacturer if they had heard of
the micro machining work done at the EIGERlab. The Kansas City manufacturer had done its work by using an EDM. The EIGERlab had done its work using a milling process. Neither of these parties had known of each other. It dawned on me that I was the only person that knew these two places were making the exact same product, although by different methods, and both were being funded by the Defense Department.
The story illustrates the need for software that allows users to monitor and track where and to whom research money has been granted relating to manufacturing and the status and purpose of the research. My vision for the system would be that the final product would be easily accessible on NIST's Web site. NIST would also be authorized by my amendment to charge a nominal fee for the use of the service, if they so choose, to establish and maintain the Web site. If a fee is imposed, I would encourage
that the fee be as small as possible to reflect the actual cost.
I urge my colleagues to support this amendment.
Mr. WU. The gentleman from Illinois' amendment will provide useful information to our manufacturing sector, and its inclusion will strengthen a bill already focused on competitiveness in manufacturing.
Madam Chairman, I reserve the balance of my time.
Mr. EHLERS. Madam Chairwoman, there's no need to repeat the contents of the amendment. I believe it is a good amendment. I believe it is a needed amendment, and I particularly like that it will be self-funding, although there is a small amount of money needed to start it off, but from that point it should be self-funded, should NIST decide to do that. So I urge support for the amendment.