Commerce (1 - 10 of 19 items)
Small Business: HUBZone Program Suffers From Reporting and Implementation Difficulties
GAO-02-57: Published: Oct 26, 2001. Publicly Released: Nov 27, 2001.
Congress created the Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) program to stimulate economic development and create jobs in distressed urban and rural areas. To achieve these goals, the HUBZone program provides small businesses with greater access to federal contracting opportunities. Reported HUBZone program achievements for fiscal year 2000 were inaccurate because of data entry errors a...
Telecommunications: Concerns About Competition in the Cellular Telephone Service Industry
RCED-92-220: Published: Jul 1, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 21, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the competitive structure of the cellular telephone service industry, focusing on: (1) the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) oversight of the industry; and (2) prospects for additional or enhanced competition.GAO found that: (1) a 1981 FCC order provided for 2 licenses, one reserved for firms not affiliated with land-line tel...
Small Business: Use of the Surety Bond Waiver Has Been Limited
RCED-92-166: Published: Jul 7, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 7, 1992.
GAO provided information concerning: (1) the number of contracts awarded that used the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Surety Bond Waivers (SBW) Program; (2) the problems and limitations of SBA 8(a) Program implementation; (3) the impact of SBW Program regulations and procedures on contractor participation; (4) defense agency contracting officers and SBA 8(a) Program contractors problems in...
Small Business: Losses on Individual SBA Loan Programs Are Not Fully Disclosed
RCED-92-90: Published: Apr 17, 1992. Publicly Released: May 19, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) provided information on how the Small Business Administration (SBA) accounts for acquired collateral in reporting 7(a) Loan Program losses; and (2) reviewed whether SBA assigns proper value to collateral from defaulted loans when making acquisition decisions.GAO found that: (1) SBA does not include actual gains or losses on acquired collateral and cost...
Small Business: Problems in Restructuring SBA's Minority Business Development Program
RCED-92-68: Published: Jan 31, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 1992.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on the Small Business Administration's (SBA) progress in implementing provisions of the Business Opportunity Development Reform Act of 1988, designed to remedy the problems which prevented the SBA 8(a) Program from developing firms owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals into viable businesses.GAO held that: (1) d...
Small Business: Improving SBA Loan Collateral Liquidations Would Increase Recoveries
RCED-92-5: Published: Dec 19, 1991. Publicly Released: Jan 21, 1992.
Pursuant to congressional request, GAO reviewed the Small Business Administration's (SBA) management of its section 7(a) general business loan portfolio, focusing on: (1) SBA liquidation of loan collateral for defaulted loans; (2) the adequacy and valuation of collateral; and (3) SBA and private lenders' collateral recovery efforts.GAO found that: (1) in the three regions reviewed, SBA lost about...
Small Business: Improper Payments of Former Administrator's Expenses
RCED-91-134: Published: Jul 19, 1991. Publicly Released: Aug 7, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the: (1) accuracy and appropriateness of the Small Business Administration's (SBA) payments for its former Administrator's travel expenses; (2) propriety of SBA payments for continuing legal education courses the former Administrator attended; and (3) number of government-paid trips the former Administrator took to the vicinity of her home.GAO foun...
Small Business: Information on and Improvements Needed to Surety Bond Guarantee Programs
RCED-91-99: Published: Apr 23, 1991. Publicly Released: May 28, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the: (1) Small Business Administration's (SBA) management of its Surety Bond Guarantee (SBG) program between fiscal year (FY) 1987 and FY 1989; and (2) status of the SBA pilot Preferred SBG Program.GAO found that: (1) SBG program data indicated that SBA guaranteed 33,408 bonds having a total contract value of $3.9 billion between FY 1987 and FY 198...
Minority Business: Minority Business Development Agency Needs to Address Program Weaknesses
RCED-91-114: Published: Apr 16, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Minority Business Development Agency's (MBDA) grant program management, focusing on: (1) procedures and practices for attracting, selecting, and managing special projects; and (2) MBDA response to previously identified management deficiencies in its Business Development Center and special projects programs.GAO found that MBDA: (1) lacked adequa...
Small Business: Efforts to Improve Activities of the Service Corps of Retired Executives
RCED-91-5: Published: Nov 20, 1990. Publicly Released: Dec 21, 1990.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the operations of the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), focusing on: (1) how SCORE operates and the services it provides to the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Small Business Development Centers (SBDC); and (2) SCORE management and administration of its chapters.GAO found that: (1) some SCORE chapters did not submit monthly or an...