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Additional Efforts Are Needed To Minimize Lease Guarantee Losses
CED-82-57: Published: Apr 6, 1982. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 1982.
GAO evaluated the Small Business Administration's (SBA) efforts to minimize losses of lease guarantee defaults.GAO found that, for the majority of default cases, lease guarantee losses are minimized through re-rentals or settlements. However, the SBA efforts to manage some lease guarantee defaults have not been adequate to assure that its losses are minimized. SBA standard operating procedures req...
Need To Determine Whether Existing Federal Programs Can Meet the Needs of Women Entrepreneurs
CED-81-90: Published: Apr 30, 1981. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1981.
GAO reviewed the actions taken by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Interagency Committee on Women's Business Enterprise to promote women entrepreneurs and to suggest ways to improve such activities.The SBA and the Interagency Committee have not given enough attention to using existing SBA and other Federal resources to meet the needs of women entrepreneurs. Their attention has been...
The SBA 8(a) Procurement Program--A Promise Unfulfilled
CED-81-55: Published: Apr 8, 1981. Publicly Released: Apr 8, 1981.
The 8(a) Procurement Program of the Small Business Administration (SBA) is designed to channel noncompetitive federal contracts to disadvantaged small businesses to help them to become self-sufficient. The program also provides management, technical, marketing, and financial aid. A review was made of the program's implementation.The program has had some benefits: the formation of many disadvantage...
The 8(a) Pilot Program for Disadvantaged Small Businesses Has Not Been Effective
CED-81-22: Published: Jan 23, 1981. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 1981.
The implementation of the 8(a) pilot contracting program of the Small Business Administration (SBA) is discussed. SBA awards procurement contracts under this program to socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses for the purpose of helping them become competitive. When SBA uses the pilot program, it has the exclusive authority to designate procurement requirements. The Department of t...
Most Borrowers of Economic Opportunity Loans Have Not Succeeded in Business
CED-81-3: Published: Dec 8, 1980. Publicly Released: Dec 8, 1980.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Opportunity Loan Program (EOL) has been a means for sustained economic progress for relatively few borrowers. The program originated with the Economic Opportunity Act as a part of the war on poverty. Today, it is part of a larger SBA effort involving several programs to help socially and/or economically disadvantaged people create and maintain small...
Small Business Administration Franchise Loans: Risk of Loss Can Be Reduced and Program Effectiveness Improved
CED-80-47: Published: Apr 11, 1980. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 1980.
A review was undertaken of the Small Business Administration's (SBA) franchise loan policies and practices. As of April 1979, SBA had made or guaranteed about 16,400 loans totaling about $1 billion to franchise businesses. However, as of September 1978, the risk of loss by SBA on franchise loans was about $548 million. Moreover, most of SBA franchise business loans have been made under its princip...
The Surety Bond Guarantee Program: Significant Changes Are Needed in its Management
CED-80-34: Published: Dec 27, 1979. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 1980.
The Surety Bond Guarantee Program of the Small Business Administration (SBA) was established to guarantee up to 90 percent of a surety company's losses on bonds issued to small businesses which could not obtain bonding without the guarantee. From its inception in 1971, the program guaranteed more than 91,000 contracts totaling $6.3 billion. GAO evaluated the management of the program.SBA has not m...
Maze of Food Regulations--Need for a Regulation Indexing System
CED-80-44: Published: Feb 4, 1980. Publicly Released: Feb 4, 1980.
Complex regulations covering all aspects of the food industry sometimes lead to confusion. Fourteen federal agencies and commissions have issued 1,300 regulations for the transport of food, covering 9,752 sections of the Code of Federal Regulations. These regulations require some 30,000 separate actions to comply with the written law. The difficulty of dealing with this large body of regulatory la...
Farmers Home Administration and Small Business Administration Natural Disaster Loan Programs: Budget Implications and Beneficiaries
CED-79-111: Published: Aug 6, 1979. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 1979.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster assistance loan volume increased from $200 million in 1977 to $2.5 billion during fiscal 1978, while Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) disaster assistance loans increased from $1.2 billion to $3.4 billion for the same period. The increase caused a severe impact on the SBA budget, but had little impact on the FmHA budget. Because a uniform factor fo...
'Weight Bumping'--Falsifying Household Moving Weights To Increase Charges--What ICC Needs To Do
CED-79-75: Published: May 1, 1979. Publicly Released: May 1, 1979.
About 1 million American households which move each year are not being protected adequately against the practice of "weight bumping" which artificially increases the cost of moving. Weight bumping is the falsifying of weights of household goods shipments to increase transportation charges.The Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) and the moving industry agree that weight bumping is a problem; they...