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Small Business Size Standards; Adoption of 2007 North American Industry Classification System for Size Standards

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AGENCY:

Small Business Administration.

ACTION:

Proposed rule.

SUMMARY:

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) proposes to amend its Small Business Size Regulations by incorporating the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) 2007 modifications to the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) in its table of small business size standards. These modifications are few in number and result in revisions to size standards for three industries and four activities within other industries.

SBA believes that this proposal is routine and non-controversial, and the Agency anticipates no significant adverse comment. Therefore, SBA is publishing concurrently in this issue of the Federal Register a direct final rule to expedite modifying its Small Start Printed Page 49670Business Size Regulations as described in this proposed rule. If SBA receives any significant adverse comment to the direct final rule, it will withdraw it, and consider those comments in connection with this proposed rule.

DATES:

SBA must receive comments to this proposed rule on or before September 28, 2007.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments, identified by RIN 3245-AF68, by any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • Mail, for paper, disk, or CD/ROM submissions: Gary M. Jackson, Division Chief for Size Standards, 409 Third Street, SW., Mail Code 6530, Washington, DC 20416.
  • Hand Delivery/Courier: Gary M. Jackson, Division Chief for Size Standards, 409 Third Street, SW., Mail Code 6530, Washington, DC 20416.

SBA will post all comments on www.regulations.gov. If you wish to submit confidential business information (CBI) as defined in the User Notice at www.regulations.gov, please submit the information to Carl J. Jordan, Office of Size Standards, 409 Third Street, SW., Mail Code 6530, Washington, DC 20416, or send an email to sizestandards@sba.gov. Highlight the information that you consider to be CBI and explain why you believe SBA should hold this information as confidential. SBA will review the information and make the final determination of whether it will publish the information or not.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Carl Jordan, Office of Size Standards, at (202) 205-6618 or sizestandards@sba.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

SBA adopted the NAICS industry definitions as a basis for its table of small business size standards effective October 1, 2000, as a replacement to the discontinued Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) System (65 FR 30836, May 15, 2000). Since that time, OMB has issued two updates modifying the NAICS. SBA incorporated OMB's first updated modifications, termed NAICS 2002 (66 FR 3825, January 16, 2001), in its table of size standards effective October 1, 2002 (67 FR 52597, August 13, 2002). OMB published its most recent updates, termed NAICS 2007, on May 16, 2006 (71 FR 28532). SBA is proposing adoption of those updated modifications in its table of small business size standards, as explained below.

For complete information on the relationship between NAICS 2002 and NAICS 2007, please see the U.S. Bureau of the Census (Census Bureau) Web site at http://www.census.gov/​epcd/​www/​naicsdoc.htm#fedreg. That Census Bureau Web site provides complete information on its establishment and implementation of NAICS 2007, including its notice of final action in the March 16, 2006 Federal Register. The Census Bureau also provides the following correspondence tables: (1) 2007 NAICS-US matched to 2002 NAICS-US; and (2) 2002 NAICS-US matched to 2007 NAICS-US.

How SBA Arrived at the Size Standards for NAICS 2007 Industries

On October 22, 1999, SBA published in the Federal Register (64 FR 57188) a proposed rule to establish a new table of small business size standards based on the NAICS. SBA developed guidelines to transition from the SIC System to NAICS. The guidelines were intended to minimize the impact of a new industry classification system on SBA's small business size standards. Table 1, below, lists those guidelines. SBA received no negative comments to the guidelines specified in the proposed rule. Because the guidelines produced the desired results and received public acceptance, SBA published a final rule on May 5, 2000 (65 FR 3825) (corrected on September 5, 2000, 65 FR 53533) establishing a new table of size standards based on NAICS without change from its proposed rule. For purposes of adopting NAICS 2007, SBA is proposing to apply the same guidelines in this rule.

Table 1

If the NAICS 2007 Industry is composed of:The size standard for the NAICS Industry will be:
1. One NAICS 2002 industry or part of one NAICS 2002 industryThe same size standard as for the NAICS 2002 industry or part.
2. More than one NAICS 2002 industry; parts of more than one NAICS 2002 industry; or one or more NAICS 2002 industry and part(s) of one or more NAICS 2002 industry, and they all have the same size standardThe same size standard as for those NAICS 2002 industries or parts of NAICS 2002 industries.
3. More than one NAICS 2002 industry; parts of more than one NAICS 2002 industry; or one or more NAICS 2002 industry and part(s) of one or more NAICS 2002 industry, and they do not all have the same size standardThe same size standard as for the NAICS 2002 industry or NAICS 2002 industry part(s) that most closely matches the economic activity described by the NAICS 2007 industry.
4. One or more parts of an NAICS 2002 industry for which SBA has established specific size standards (i.e., further segmented)The same size standard as for that specific NAICS 2002 industry part.
5. One or more NAICS 2002 industries and/or parts of NAICS 2002 industries that were categorized broadly under the NAICS system as Services, Retail Trade, Wholesale Trade or Manufacturing, but are now categorized differently under NAICSSBA will (a) apply a size standard measure (e.g., number of employees, annual receipts) typical of the NAICS Sector; and (b) apply the corresponding “anchor” size standard. The “anchor” size standards are $6.5 million (effective December 6, 2005) for Services and Retail Trade, 500 employees for Manufacturing and 100 employees for Wholesale Trade (except for Federal procurement programs, where the standard is 500 employees under the non-manufacturer rule).

Additions to and Deletions From NAICS 2002 for NAICS 2007

It is important to note the following:

1. NAICS 2007 changes affect 59 NAICS 2002 industries.

2. One NAICS 2002 Subsector and 12 NAICS 2002 industries were eliminated and their activities reclassified in other more appropriate or new NAICS 2007 industries as listed in Table 2: Start Printed Page 49671

Table 2

NAICS 2002 codeNAICS 2002 industry description
NAICS 339111Laboratory Apparatus and Furniture Manufacturing.
Subsector 516Internet Publishing and Broadcasting.
NAICS 516110Internet Publishing and Broadcasting.
NAICS 517211Paging.
NAICS 517212Cellular and Other Wireless Telecommunications.
NAICS 517310Telecommunications Resellers.
NAICS 517510Cable and Other Program Distribution.
NAICS 517910Other Telecommunications.
NAICS 518111Internet Service Providers.
NAICS 518112Web Search Portals.
NAICS 525930Real Estate Investment Trusts.
NAICS 541710Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences.
NAICS 561310Employment Placement Agencies.

3. The following eight industries listed in Table 3 are new in NAICS 2007:

Table 3

NAICS 2007 codeNAICS 2007 industry description
NAICS 517210Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite).
NAICS 517911Telecommunications Resellers.
NAICS 517919All Other Telecommunications.
NAICS 519130Internet Publishing and Broadcasting and Web Search Portals.
NAICS 541711Research and Development in Biotechnology.
NAICS 541712Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology).
NAICS 561311Employment Placement Agencies.
NAICS 561312Executive Search Services.

Changes in Size Standards Resulting From SBA's Proposed Adoption of NAICS 2007

Most of the industries in NAICS 2002 remain unchanged under NAICS 2007. This proposal to adopt NAICS 2007 will change size standards for only three industries and four activities from parts of industries. Other changes in NAICS 2007 consist of revised industry descriptions or the reclassification of industry activities in other industries having the same size standard.

Table 4 lists all of OMB's modifications to the NAICS 2002 industries. The first three columns show the modified NAICS 2002 industry's six-digit code, its current size standard, and its industry description. The last three columns show the NAICS 2007 industry (new, existing and revised) that incorporates the modified NAICS 2002 industry, its industry description, and new size standard. By comparing the modified NAICS 2002 industry and size standard with the related NAICS 2007 industry and size standard, a user can identify the size standard SBA proposes for the applicable NAICS 2007 industries. Following Table 4, SBA explains the basis for the limited number of cases that do result in a change to the size standard.

Table 4.—This Table Includes Only Those NAICS Codes Where Size Standards Are Affected. They Are Arranged According to the Order of Their NAICS 2007 Industry Codes

2002 NAICS codeCurrent size standards2002 NAICS U.S. description2007 NAICS code2007 NAICS U.S. descriptionNew size standards
111211$0.75 millionPotato Farming.
*111219$0.75 millionOther Vegetable (except Potato) and Melon Farming—sweet potato and yam farming111211Potato Farming$0.75 million.
*111219$0.75 millionOther Vegetable (except Potato) and Melon Farming—except sweet potato and yam farming111219Other Vegetable (except Potato) and Melon Farming$0.75 million.
*111998$0.75 millionAll Other Miscellaneous Crop Farming—except algae, seaweed, and other plant aquaculture111998All Other Miscellaneous Crop Farming$0.75 million.
112519$0.75 millionOther Animal Aquaculture.
*111998$0.75 millionAll Other Miscellaneous Crop Farming—algae, seaweed, and other plant aquaculture112519Other Aquaculture$0.75 million.
314999500 employeesAll Other Miscellaneous Textile Product Mills.
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*315211500 employeesMen's and Boys' Cut and Sew Apparel Contractors—embroidery contractors.
*315212500 employeesWomen's, Girls' and Infants' Cut and Sew Apparel Contractors—embroidery contractors314999All Other Miscellaneous Textile Product Mills500 employees.
*315211500 employeesMen's and Boys' Cut and Sew Apparel Contractors—except embroidery contractors315211Men's and Boys' Cut and Sew Apparel Contractors500 employees.
*315212500 employeesWomen's, Girls' and Infants' Cut and Sew Apparel Contractors—except embroidery contractors315212Women's, Girls' and Infants' Cut and Sew Apparel Contractors500 employees.
*326199500 employeesAll Other Plastics Product Manufacturing—except inflatable plastic boats326199All Other Plastics Product Manufacturing500 employees.
*326291500 employeesRubber Product Manufacturing for Mechanical Use—except rubber tubing for mechanical use326291Rubber Product Manufacturing for Mechanical Use500 employees.
*326299500 employeesAll Other Rubber Product Manufacturing—except inflatable rubber boats.
*326291500 employeesRubber Product Manufacturing for Mechanical Use—rubber tubing for mechanical use326299All Other Rubber Product Manufacturing500 employees.
333298500 employeesAll Other Industrial Machinery Manufacturing.
*339111500 employeesLaboratory Apparatus and Furniture Manufacturing—laboratory distilling equipment333298All Other Industrial Machinery Manufacturing500 employees.
333415750 employeesAir-Conditioning and Warm Air Heating Equipment and Commercial and Industrial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing.
*339111500 employeesLaboratory Apparatus and Furniture Manufacturing—laboratory freezers333415Air-Conditioning and Warm Air Heating Equipment and Commercial and Industrial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing750 employees.
333994500 employeesIndustrial Process Furnace and Oven Manufacturing.
*339111500 employeesLaboratory Apparatus and Furniture Manufacturing—laboratory furnaces and ovens333994Industrial Process Furnace and Oven Manufacturing500 employees.
333997500 employeesScale and Balance (except Laboratory) Manufacturing.
*339111500 employeesLaboratory Apparatus and Furniture Manufacturing—laboratory scales and balances333997Scale and Balance Manufacturing500 employees.
333999500 employeesAll Other Miscellaneous General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing.
*339111500 employeesLaboratory Apparatus and Furniture Manufacturing—laboratory centrifuges333999All Other Miscellaneous General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing500 employees.
*334220750 employeesRadio and Television Broadcasting and Wireless Communications Equipment Manufacturing—except communications signal testing and evaluation equipment334220Radio and Television Broadcasting and Wireless Communications Equipment Manufacturing750 employees.
334515500 employeesInstrument Manufacturing for Measuring and Testing Electricity and Electrical Signals.
*334220750 employeesRadio and Television Broadcasting and Wireless Communications Equipment Manufacturing—communications signal testing and evaluation equipment334515Instrument Manufacturing for Measuring and Testing Electricity and Electrical Signals500 employees.
336612500 employeesBoat Building.
*326199500 employeesAll Other Plastics Product Manufacturing—inflatable plastics boats.
*326299500 employeesAll Other Rubber Product Manufacturing—inflatable rubber boats336612Boat Building500 employees.
337127500 employeesInstitutional Furniture Manufacturing.
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*339111500 employeesLaboratory Apparatus and Furniture Manufacturing—laboratory furniture (e.g., stools, tables, benches)337127Institutional Furniture Manufacturing500 employees.
339113500 employeesSurgical Appliance and Supplies Manufacturing.
*339111500 employeesLaboratory Apparatus and Furniture Manufacturing—except laboratory furniture, scales, balances, furnaces, ovens, centrifuges, distilling equipment, and freezers339113Surgical Appliance and Supplies Manufacturing500 employees.
5171101500 employeesWired Telecommunications Carriers.
517510$13.5 millionCable and Other Program Distribution.
*518111$23.0 millionInternet Service Providers—broadband Internet service providers (e.g., cable, DSL)517110Wired Telecommunications Carriers1500 employees.
5172111500 employeesPaging.
5172121500 employeesCellular and Other Wireless Telecommunications517210Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)1500 employees.
5173101500 employeesTelecommunications Resellers517911Telecommunications Resellers1500 employees.
517910$13.5 millionOther Telecommunications517919All Other Telecommunications$23.0 million.
*518111$23.0 millionInternet Service Providers ISPs providing services via client-supplied telecommunications connections.
516110500 employeesInternet Publishing and Broadcasting519130Internet Publishing and Broadcasting and Web Search Portals500 employees.
518112$6.5 millionWeb Search Portals.
519190$6.5 millionAll Other Information Services519190All Other Information Services$6.5 million.
525990$6.5 millionOther Financial Vehicles.
*525930$6.5 millionReal Estate Investment Trusts—hybrid or mortgage REITs primarily in underwriting or investing in mortgages525990Other Financial Vehicles$6.5 million.
531110$6.5 millionLessors of Residential Buildings and Dwellings.
*525930$6.5 millionReal Estate Investment Trusts—hybrid or equity REITs primarily leasing residential Buildings and Dwellings531110Lessors of Residential Buildings and Dwellings$6.5 million.
531120$6.5 millionLessors of Nonresidential Buildings (except Miniwarehouses).
*525930$6.5 millionReal Estate Investment Trusts—hybrid or equity REITs primarily leasing nonresidential buildings531120Lessors of Nonresidential Buildings (except Miniwarehouses)$6.5 million.
531130$23.5 millionLessors of Miniwarehouses and Self-Storage Units.
*525930$6.5 millionReal Estate Investment Trusts—hybrid or equity REITs primarily leasing miniwarehouses and self-storage units531130Lessors of Miniwarehouses and Self-Storage Units$23.5 million.
531190$6.5 millionLessors of Other Real Estate Property.
*525930$6.5 millionReal Estate Investment Trusts—hybrid or equity REITs primarily leasing other real estate property531190Lessors of Other Real Estate Property$6.5 million.
*541612$6.5 millionHuman Resources and Executive Search Consulting Services—except executive search consulting services541612Human Resources Consulting Services$6.5 million.
*541710500 employeesResearch and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences—biotechnology research and development541711Research and Development in Biotechnology500 employees.
*541710500 employeesResearch and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences—except biotechnology research and development541712Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology)500 employees.
561310$6.5 millionEmployment Placement Agencies561311Employment Placement Agencies.$6.5 million.
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*541612$6.5 millionHuman Resources and Executive Search Consulting Services—executive search consulting services561312Executive Search Services$6.5 million.
* Indicates that this activity within the identified NAICS 2002 code is now an activity within the related NAICS 2007 industry.

As shown in Table 4, the NAICS 2007 modifications lead to a proposed revision to the current size standard for a limited number of industries or activities. The basis for the revisions to seven size standards are discussed below:

1. NAICS 339111, “Laboratory Apparatus and Furniture Manufacturing,” (part) laboratory freezers. NAICS 2007 eliminated NAICS 339111. The various activities of NAICS 339111 are reclassified in other NAICS 2007 codes having the same 500 employee size standard, except for laboratory freezer manufacturing. Laboratory freezer manufacturing is reclassified in NAICS 333415, “Air-Conditioning and Warm Air Heating Equipment and Commercial and Industrial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing,” having a size standard of 750 employees. SBA proposes to retain the 750 employee size standard for NAICS 333415 because laboratory freezer manufacturing represents a small part of that industry (Rule #3).

2. NAICS 334220, “Radio and Television Broadcasting and Wireless Communications Equipment Manufacturing,” (part) communications signal testing and evaluation equipment. The current size standard for NAICS 334220 is 750 employees. The activity of “communications signal testing and evaluation equipment manufacturing” in NAICS 2007 is reclassified in NAICS 334515, “Instrument Manufacturing for Measuring and Testing Electricity and Electrical Signals,” having a size standard of 500 employees. SBA proposes to retain the 500 employee size standard for NAICS 334515 because “communications signal testing and evaluation equipment manufacturing” represents a small part of that industry (Rule #3).

3. NAICS 518111, “Internet Service Providers,” (part) broadband Internet service providers (e.g., cable, DSL). The current size standard for NAICS 518111 is $23.0 million in average annual receipts. The activity, “broadband Internet services providers (e.g., cable, DSL),” in NAICS 2007 is reclassified in NAICS 517110, “Wired Telecommunications Carriers,” having a 1,500 employee size standard. SBA proposes to retain the 1,500 employee size standard for NAICS 517110 because broadband Internet services providers represent a small part of that industry (Rule #3).

4. NAICS 517510, “Cable and Other Program Distribution.” NAICS 2007 eliminated NAICS 517510. The current size standard for NAICS 517510 is $13.5 million in average annual receipts. In NAICS 2007, all activities of NAICS 517510 are reclassified in 517110, “Wired Telecommunications Carriers,” having a 1,500 employee size standard. SBA proposes to apply the 1,500 employee size standard for NAICS 517110 because the Cable and Other Program Distribution industry is much smaller than the Wired Telecommunications Carriers industry (Rule #3).

5. NAICS 517910, “Other Telecommunications.” NAICS 2007 eliminated NAICS 517910. NAICS 2007 establishes a new industry titled “All Other Telecommunications,” NAICS 517919, comprising all activities of NAICS 517910 having a size standard of $13.5 million and most activities from NAICS 518111, “Internet Service Providers (ISP),” having a size standard of $23 million. As discussed in # 3 above, the activity of “broadband Internet services providers” in NAICS 518111 is reclassified in NAICS 517110. SBA proposes to apply the $23 million size standard for that industry because ISP establishments providing services via client-supplied telecommunications connections represent the larger component of the new NAICS 517919 (Rule #3).

6. NAICS 518112, “Web Search Portals.” NAICS 2007 eliminated NAICS 518112 and NAICS 516110, “Internet Publishing and Broadcasting,” having size standards of $6.5 million and 500 employees, respectively. NAICS 2007 combines these two industries to form a new six-digit industry—NAICS 519130, “Internet Publishing and Broadcasting and Web Search Portals.” SBA proposes to apply the 500 employee size standard for NAICS 519130 because the Internet Publishing and Broadcasting industry is much larger than the Web Search Portals industry (Rule #3).

7. NAICS 525930, “Real Estate Investment Trusts,” (part) hybrid or equity REITs primarily leasing miniwarehouses and self-storage units. NAICS 2007 eliminated NAICS 525930. The various activities of NAICS 525930 are reclassified in NAICS 2007 codes having the same $6.5 million size standard, except for the activity of hybrid or equity REITs primarily leasing miniwarehouses and self-storage units. That activity is reclassified in NAICS 531130, “Lessors of Miniwarehouses and Self-Storage Units,” having a $23.5 million size standard. SBA proposes to retain the $23.5 million size standard for NAICS 531130 because hybrid or equity REITs primarily leasing miniwarehouses and self-storage units represent a small part of that industry (Rule #3).

Alternatives to Adopting NAICS 2007 That SBA Considered

SBA considered retaining the NAICS 2002 codes as the basis for small business size standards. However, SBA believes that doing so will lead to inconsistency among Federal agencies that adopt NAICS 2007 for their programs. More importantly, if SBA does not adopt NAICS 2007 it will not be able to analyze and evaluate small business size standards adequately because available Census Bureau data based on NAICS 2007 industries will not be comparable with NAICS 2002 industry data. Without useful data, SBA cannot properly analyze size standards and their effects on businesses.

SBA considered segmenting the modified NAICS 2002 size standard for cases where the size standard changes instead of applying the guidelines used in previous NAICS revisions. SBA believes this alternative is impractical because it would complicate size standards for minor reasons. Furthermore, the application of the guidelines for NAICS 2007 results in the loss of eligibility for currently-defined small businesses in only one minor Start Printed Page 49675industry activity. That occurs for “communications signal testing and evaluation equipment manufacturing,” a part of NAICS 334220, “Radio and Television Broadcasting and Wireless Communications Equipment Manufacturing.” The size standard for that activity decreases from 750 employees to 500 employees. A search of the Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) reveals that there are 38 small businesses out of 2,200 small businesses registered in NAICS 334220 having more than 500 employees. However, it is unlikely that many of these businesses, if any, will be affected given the limited activity of “communications signal testing and evaluation equipment manufacturing.” All other activities in NAICS 334220 will continue to have a size standard of 750 employees.

Consideration of Comments

SBA will take in account all submitted comments on this proposed rule and on the alternatives it considered. SBA believes that this proposal is routine and non-controversial. Therefore, SBA is publishing concurrently in this issue of the Federal Register a direct final rule to expedite modifying its size standards as explained in this proposed rule. If SBA decides to adopt NAICS 2007 as proposed, or with limited modifications, it will publish a final rule that addresses the comments and explains the basis for its final decision.

Compliance With Executive Orders 12866, 12988, and 13132, the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Ch. 35.) and the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612)

OMB has determined that this proposed rule is not a “significant” regulatory action for purposes of Executive Order (E.O.) 12866. This proposed rule incorporates the latest revisions of the NAICS, which SBA uses to identify industries in the United States economy for purposes of establishing small business size standards. As discussed in the preamble, the size standard of a limited number of activities would change because of the NAICS revisions. Almost all businesses currently defined as small under the NAICS 2002 industries would continue to be small under the NAICS 2007 industries, if adopted for size standards. The rule also affects Federal Government programs that provide a benefit for small businesses. SBA welcomes comments describing the impact on small businesses of the size standard changes resulting from this rule.

For purposes of E.O. 12988, SBA has determined that this rule is drafted, to the extent practicable, in accordance with the standards set forth in that order.

For purposes of E.O. 13132, SBA has determined that this rule does not have any federalism implications warranting the preparation of a Federalism Assessment.

For purposes of the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. Ch. 35, SBA has determined that this rule does not impose any new reporting or recordkeeping requirements.

When an agency promulgates a proposed rule, the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612) requires the agency to prepare an initial regulatory flexibility analysis (IRFA) describing the potential economic impact of the rule on small entities and alternatives that may minimize that impact. Section 605 of the RFA allows an agency to certify a rule, in lieu of preparing an IRFA, if the rulemaking is not expected to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. SBA has determined that this proposed rule as drafted, including the alternatives discussed in the supplementary information above, will not have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities.

OMB's NAICS 2007 modifications will result in size standards changes to a minimal number of activities within certain industries detailed above in the supplementary information, with little, if any, affect on small businesses. Those activities are now part of other, more appropriate or new NAICS codes and their industry descriptions. There will be no changes to the size standards for most NAICS industries and their economic activities. For those that would change, they would create a larger number of enterprises that can qualify for Federal government programs reserved for small businesses.

As stated above, a search of the Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) reveals that there are 38 small businesses out of 2,200 small businesses registered in NAICS 334220 having more than 500 employees. However, it is unlikely that many of these businesses, if any, will be affected given the limited activity of “communications signal testing and evaluation equipment manufacturing.” All other activities in NAICS 334220 will continue to have a size standard of 750 employees. Therefore, SBA believes that the impact on small businesses will be minimal because these activities represent relatively minor components of the NAICS 2002 industries.

When SBA published a direct final rule to replace the table of small business size standards based on NAICS 1997 with a new one based on NAICS 2002, it certified that for purposes of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, the rule would affect a significant number of small businesses, but that the impact on each business would not be substantial. (67 FR 52597 to 52606, 62292, 67253 and 67102) SBA received no comments to the contrary. No changes have occurred since then. Adopting NAICS 2007 to replace NAICS 2002 as the basis for its table of size standards would have, SBA believes, an even smaller impact.

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List of Subjects in 13 CFR Part 121

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For the reasons set forth in the preamble, SBA proposes to amend 13 CFR part 121 as follows:

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PART 121—SMALL BUSINESS SIZE REGULATIONS

1. The authority citation for part 121 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632, 634(b)(6), 636(b), 637(a), 644, and 662(5); and Pub. L. 105-135, Sec. 401, et seq., 111 Stat. 2592.

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2. Amend § 121.201, in the table “Small Business Size Standards by NAICS Industry,” as follows:

a. Revise the industry description of NAICS code 112519 “Other Animal Aquaculture” to read “Other Aquaculture.”

b. Revise the heading “Sector 21—Mining” to read “Sector 21—Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction.”

c. Revise the industry description of NAICS code 238210, “Electrical Contractors,” to read “Electrical Contractors and other Wiring Installation Contractors.”

d. Revise the industry description of NAICS code 316999, “All Other Leather Good Manufacturing,” to read “All Other Leather Good and Allied Product Manufacturing.”

e. Revise the industry description of NAICS code 322221, “Coated and Laminated Packaging Paper and Plastics Film Manufacturing,” to read “Coated and Laminated Packaging Paper Manufacturing.”

f. Revise the industry description of NAICS code 326111, “Unsupported Plastics Bag Manufacturing,” to read Start Printed Page 49676“Plastics Bag and Pouch Manufacturing.”

g. Revise the industry description of NAICS code 333997, “Scale and Balance (except Laboratory) Manufacturing,” to read “Scale and Balance Manufacturing.”

h. Remove the entry NAICS code 339111, “Laboratory Apparatus and Furniture Manufacturing.”

i. Revise the industry description of NAICS code 441221, “Motorcycle Dealers,” to read “Motorcycle, ATV, and Personal Watercraft Dealers.”

j. Revise the heading “Sectors 48—49—Transportation” to read “Sectors 48—49—Transportation and Warehousing.”

k. Revise the industry description of NAICS code 492110, “Couriers,” to read “Couriers and Express Delivery Services.”

l. Remove the heading “Subsector 516—Internet Publishing and Broadcasting” and the entry for NAICS code 516110, “Internet Publishing and Broadcasting.”

m. Remove the entries for NAICS codes 517211, “Paging;” 517212, “Cellular and Wireless Telecommunications;” and, 517310 “Telecommunications Resellers” and add in their place the following:

517210Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)1,500

n. Remove the entries for NAICS codes 517510, “Cable and Other Program Distribution,” and 517910, “Other Telecommunications,” and add in their place the following:

517911Telecommunications Resellers1,500
517919All Other Telecommunications$23.5

o. Revise the heading “Subsector 518—Internet Service Providers, Web Search Portals, and Data Processing Services” to read “Subsector 518—Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services.”

p. Remove the entries for NAICS codes 518111, “Internet Service Providers,” and 518112, “Web Search Portals”.

q. Add immediately after entry for NAICS code 519120, “ Libraries and Archives” the following:

519130Internet Publishing and Broadcasting and Web Search Portals500

r. Revise the heading “Subsector 523—Financial Investments and Related Activities” to read “Subsector 523—Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities.”

s. Revise the industry description of NAICS code 541612, “Human Resources and Executive Search Consulting Services,” to read “Human Resources Consulting Services.”

t. Remove the entry NAICS code 541710, “Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences,” and add in its place the following:

541711Research and Development in Biotechnology 1111 500
541712Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology) 1111 500
Except,Aircraft1,500
Except,Aircraft Parts, and Auxiliary Equipment, and Aircraft Engine Parts1,000
Except,Space Vehicles and Guided Missiles, their Propulsion Units, their Propulsion Units Parts, and their Auxiliary Equipment and Parts1,000

u. Remove the entry for NAICS code 561310, “Employment Placement Agencies,” and add in its place the following:

561311Employment Placement Agencies$6.5
561312Executive Search Services6.5

v. Revise the industry description of NAICS code 561422, “Telemarketing Bureaus,” to read “Telemarketing Bureaus and Other Contact Centers.”

w. Revise the industry description of NAICS code 722212, “Cafeterias,” to read “Cafeterias, Grill Buffets, and Buffets.”

x. Revise the heading “Sector 81—Other Services” to read “Sector 81—Other Services (except Public Administration).”

y. Amend footnote 11 by removing “NAICS code 541710” and adding in its place “NAICS codes 541711 and 541712.”

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Dated: August 23, 2007.

Steven C. Preston,

Administrator.

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