The Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program: Overview and Assessment


Randolph S. Perkins (Editor)

Series: Manufacturing Technology Research
BISAC: MED057000

The Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program is a national network of centers established by the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act. 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, National Institute of Standards and Technology (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 book describes, over the past 5 years, how NIST spent federal MEP program funds and examines the basis for NIST’s cooperative agreement award spending. (Imprint: Novinka)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. The Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program
John F. Sargent Jr.

Chapter 2. Manufacturing Extension Partnership: Most Federal Spending Directly Supports Work with Manufacturers, but Distribution Could Be Improved
United States Government Accountability Office


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