107th CONGRESS 2d Session
H. R. 2733
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
July 12 (legislative day, JULY 10), 2002
Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce,
Science, and Transportation
To authorize the National Institute of Standards and Technology to work
with major manufacturing industries on an initiative of standards
development and implementation for electronic enterprise integration.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the `Enterprise Integration Act of 2002'.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
The Congress makes the following findings:
(1) Over 90 percent of United States companies engaged in
manufacturing are small and medium-sized businesses.
(2) Most of these manufacturers produce goods for assemblage into
products of large companies.
(3) The emergence of the World Wide Web and the promulgation of
international standards for product data exchange greatly accelerated
the movement toward electronically integrated supply chains during the
last half of the 1990's.
(4) European and Asian countries are investing heavily in electronic
enterprise standards development, and in preparing their smaller
manufacturers to do business in the new environment. European efforts
are well advanced in the aerospace, automotive, and shipbuilding
industries and are beginning in other industries including home
building, furniture manufacturing, textiles, and apparel. This
investment could give overseas companies a major competitive
(5) The National Institute of Standards and Technology, because of the
electronic commerce expertise in its laboratories and quality program,
its long history of working cooperatively with manufacturers, and the
nationwide reach of its manufacturing extension program, is in a
unique position to help United States large and smaller manufacturers
alike in their responses to this challenge.
(6) It is, therefore, in the national interest for the National
Institute of Standards and Technology to accelerate its efforts in
helping industry develop standards and enterprise integration
processes that are necessary to increase efficiency and lower costs.
SEC. 3. ENTERPRISE INTEGRATION INITIATIVE.
(a) ESTABLISHMENT- The Director shall establish an initiative for
advancing enterprise integration within the United States. In carrying
out this section, the Director shall involve, as appropriate, the
various units of the National Institute of Standards and Technology,
including the National Institute of Standards and Technology
laboratories (including the Building and Fire Research Laboratory), the
Manufacturing Extension Partnership program established under sections
25 and 26 of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Act (15
U.S.C. 278k and 278l), and the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality
Program. This initiative shall build upon ongoing efforts of the
National Institute of Standards and Technology and of the private
sector, shall involve consortia that include government and industry,
and shall address the enterprise integration needs of each United States
major manufacturing industry at the earliest possible date.
(b) ASSESSMENT- For each major manufacturing industry, the Director may
work with industry, trade associations, professional societies, and
others as appropriate, to identify enterprise integration
standardization and implementation activities underway in the United
States and abroad that affect that industry and to assess the current
state of enterprise integration within that industry. The Director may
assist in the development of roadmaps to permit supply chains within the
industry to operate as an integrated electronic enterprise. The roadmaps
shall be based on voluntary consensus standards.
(c) REPORTS- Within 180 days after the date of the enactment of this
Act, and annually thereafter, the Director shall submit to the Committee
on Science of the House of Representatives and the Committee on
Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate a report on the
National Institute of Standards and Technology's activities under
(d) AUTHORIZED ACTIVITIES- In order to carry out this Act, the Director
may work with industry, trade associations, professional societies, and
others as appropriate--
(1) to raise awareness in the United States, including awareness by
businesses that are majority owned by women, minorities, or both, of
enterprise integration activities in the United States and abroad,
including by the convening of conferences;
(2) on the development of enterprise integration roadmaps;
(3) to support the development, testing, promulgation, integration,
adoption, and upgrading of standards related to enterprise integration
including application protocols; and
(4) to provide technical assistance and, if necessary, financial
support to small and medium-sized businesses that set up pilot
projects in enterprise integration.
(e) MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PROGRAM- The Director shall ensure that the
Manufacturing Extension Program is prepared to advise small and
medium-sized businesses on how to acquire the expertise, equipment, and
training necessary to participate fully in supply chains using
SEC. 4. DEFINITIONS.
For purposes of this Act--
(1) the term `automotive' means land-based engine-powered vehicles
including automobiles, trucks, busses, trains, defense vehicles, farm
equipment, and motorcycles;
(2) the term `Director' means the Director of the National Institute
of Standards and Technology;
(3) the term `enterprise integration' means the electronic linkage of
manufacturers, assemblers, suppliers, and customers to enable the
electronic exchange of product, manufacturing, and other business data
among all partners in a product supply chain, and such term includes
related application protocols and other related standards;
(4) the term `major manufacturing industry' includes the aerospace,
automotive, electronics, shipbuilding, construction, home building,
furniture, textile, and apparel industries and such other industries
as the Director designates; and
(5) the term `roadmap' means an assessment of manufacturing
interoperability requirements developed by an industry describing that
industry's goals related to enterprise integration, the knowledge and
standards including application protocols necessary to achieve those
goals, and the necessary steps, timetable, and assignment of
responsibilities for acquiring the knowledge and developing the
standards and protocols.
SEC. 5. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.
There are authorized to be appropriated to the Director to carry out
functions under this Act--
(1) $2,000,000 for fiscal year 2002;
(2) $10,000,000 for fiscal year 2003;
(3) $15,000,000 for fiscal year 2004; and
(4) $20,000,000 for fiscal year 2005.
Passed the House of Representatives July 11, 2002.