Several departments underspent on small business programs for the commercialization of research and development because they left out entire component agencies from the calculations used to fund the programs, the Government Accountability Office says.
Under two federal programs, agencies must spend a certain percentage of their outside research and development funding on small businesses R&D efforts that align with federal priorities.
But the Transportation Department, for instance, excluded the Federal Aviation Administration from its departmentwide calculation of outside R&D spending, GAO says in a report released Sept. 9. The Health and Human Services Department did the same with both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.
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