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Nuclear Health and Safety: Consensus on Acceptable Radiation Risk to the Public Is Lacking
RCED-94-190: Published: Sep 19, 1994. Publicly Released: Oct 26, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the consistency and compatibility of federal radiation standards, focusing on: (1) the various limits on public exposure to radiation; (2) the various protective strategies associated with the standards; and (3) whether the standards as a whole provide a coherent, complete federal framework for public radiation protection.GAO found that: (1) the di...
Small Business: Problems Continue With SBA's Minority Business Development Program
RCED-93-145: Published: Sep 17, 1993. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Small Business Administration's (SBA) ability to implement changes to the 8(a) business development program relating to the: (1) collection and management of 8(a) program data; (2) certification of 8(a) program participants; (3) development and maintenance of 8(a) firms' business plans; (4) competitive award of 8(a) program contracts; and (5) d...
Industrial Development Bonds: Achievement of Public Benefits Is Unclear
RCED-93-106: Published: Apr 22, 1993. Publicly Released: May 20, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the use and benefits of small-issue industrial development bonds (IDB) for manufacturing, focusing on: (1) the public benefits of IDB; (2) the IDB default rate; and (3) early repayment of IDB.GAO found that: (1) IDB are being used for their intended purpose of financing small manufacturing projects; (2) most states and the Internal Revenue Code do...
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...