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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...
Federal Research: SEMATECH's Efforts to Strengthen the U.S. Semiconductor Industry
RCED-90-236: Published: Sep 13, 1990. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology Consortium's (SEMATECH) efforts to strengthen U.S. suppliers of equipment and materials for the semiconductor manufacturing industry.GAO found that: (1) by 1989, Japanese firms had captured 4 of the top 5 semiconductor equipment-supplier positions, while only 4 U.S. companies were among the 10 largest supp...
Small Business: Low Participation in Set-Aside Program Expected for Sheltered Workshops
RCED-90-192: Published: Aug 6, 1990. Publicly Released: Sep 6, 1990.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on the impact of allowing sheltered workshops to compete for small business set-aside contracts.GAO found that: (1) data on sheltered workshops' participation in the set-aside program in fiscal year (FY) 1989 were not available; (2) the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) received agencies' computer data, including information...
Highway Contracting: Assessing Fraud and Abuse in FHwA's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program
RCED-89-26: Published: Nov 30, 1988. Publicly Released: Jan 5, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Highway Administration's (FHwA) Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program, focusing on the: (1) nature and extent of program fraud and abuse; (2) results of FHwA investigations of DBE fraud and abuse cases; and (3) approaches FHwA and states used to minimize fraud and abuse.GAO found that: (1) FHwA established the DBE program to e...
Telephone Communications: Controlling Cross-Subsidy Between Regulated and Competitive Services
RCED-88-34: Published: Oct 23, 1987. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) proposed implementation of accounting controls to prevent cross-subsidization between regulated and nonregulated telephone service in order to facilitate competition among telephone companies.GAO found that: (1) the FCC allocation process was inefficient because it impeded companies from offering new...
Small Business Act: Energy's Disadvantaged Business Advocate Not Reporting to Proper Management Level
GGD-87-69: Published: May 26, 1987. Publicly Released: May 26, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) compliance with section 15 of the Small Business Act, which requires that the Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), be responsible only to and report directly to the agency head or deputy.GAO found that, although OSDBU reported directly to the agency head, it did not comply with t...
Small Business Act: Agriculture's Disadvantaged Business Advocate Not Reporting to Proper Management Level
GGD-87-45: Published: Apr 6, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) to determine its compliance with the Small Business Act.GAO found that, although the act required the OSDBU Director to report directly to the Secretary of Agriculture or his deputy, the Director was reporting to the Assistant Secretary for Admi...
SBA's Certified Lenders Program Falls Short of Expectations
RCED-83-99: Published: Jun 7, 1983. Publicly Released: Jun 7, 1983.
GAO evaluated the effectiveness of the Small Business Administration's (SBA) efforts to streamline its loan delivery system by involving private lenders in the credit check process through the Certified Lenders Program (CLP). GAO also commented on whether SBA experience under the CLP warranted further delegation of authority to lenders under the Preferred Lenders Program (PLP).GAO stated that SBA...
SBA's 7(a) Loan Guarantee Program: An Assessment of Its Role in the Financial Market
RCED-83-96: Published: Apr 25, 1983. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 1983.
GAO reviewed the role of the Small Business Administration's (SBA) 7(a) Loan Guarantee Program in assisting small businesses.GAO sent questionnaires to lenders participating in the program to determine what role the SBA guarantee plays in their small business lending practices. GAO found that the SBA guarantee is an important factor in a bank's decision to lend to new businesses and businesses wit...