David P. Metzger was formerly a partner in the Government Contracts group of the national law firm of Arnold & Porter LLP. Prior to his retirement, his practice encompassed all aspects of federal contracting law including litigation, bid protests, claims, contract administration, intellectual property, and enforcement. Metzger is widely known for his work on the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR), and has presented more than 160 times on the subject. His familiarity with SBIR goes back to his experience on Capitol Hill where he was Staff Director for the Energy, Environment, Safety and Research Subcommittee. He also served as Director of Innovation and Procurement Policy at the U.S. Small Business Administration. As part of his intellectual property practice, Metzger assisted mostly small businesses, including a large number of SBIR firms. While practicing law, he provided legal advice on data rights, patent protection, licensing, and other issues under a wide variety of federal laws and regulations. He regularly advised small businesses on matters involving SBA programs including size status, the 8(a) program, mentor-protégé joint ventures, socially disadvantaged business status, women and veteran business ownership, and other small business programs. Metzger is proud to be the son of a small businessman, and his forty year career as a practicing lawyer provided him with an intimate knowledge of the struggles of small businesses. Mr. Metzger is the author of a book entitled “While the Nation Slept, the struggles of small innovative businesses in the U.S.” The book one of a kind documents the struggles that small innovative firms encounter as they travel along the innovation continuum from an initial idea to a marketable product. The book also documents the early history and success of the SBIR program, and the assistance it has provided these small innovative firms, documenting the parallel struggle to survive that the SBIR program also faced. The book documents some of the untold number of contributions these small innovative firms have contributed to the country, and sets forth thirty recommendations that would assist these small innovative firms to continue to create jobs, provide better, faster and cheaper ways of doing things for the federal government and at the same time improve our daily lives. The book is available at www.mascot books.com, www.davemetzgersbir.com, Barnes & Noble and Amazon.