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Rural Economic Development: Collaboration between SBA and USDA Could Be Improved
GAO-08-1123: Published: Sep 18, 2008. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 2008.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Rural Development offices of the U.S. Department of Agriculture both work in rural areas to foster economic development by promoting entrepreneurship and community development. This report discusses (1) the complementary nature of some SBA and Rural Development programs and the extent to which it provides a rationale for the agencies to collaborate,...
Small Business Administration: Preliminary Views on Increasing Collaboration with Department of Agriculture Rural Development Offices
GAO-08-278T: Published: Nov 14, 2007. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 2007.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) and Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development offices share a mission of attending to underserved markets, promoting economic development, and improving the quality of life in America through the promotion of entrepreneurship and community development. In the past, these agencies have had cooperative working relationships to help manage their respec...
Convenience Gambling: Information on Economic and Social Effects in Selected Locations
GAO-01-108: Published: Oct 18, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 2000.
This report summarizes GAO's findings on the economic and social effects of "convenience gambling." The National Gambling Impact Study Commission defines convenience gambling as the placement of slot machines or video poker terminals in restaurants, bars, drugstores, and other businesses to attract local residents rather than tourists. Although data from the communities GAO studied indicated that...
Small Business: SBA's Proposed Venture Capital Program
RCED-00-162R: Published: Jun 1, 2000. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO compared the Small Business Administration's (SBA) proposed New Markets Venture Capital Program to existing federal programs to determine whether other federal programs have similar features.GAO noted that: (1) aspects of SBA's proposed New Markets Venture Capital program can be found in many other federal programs, but GAO found that only a small part of o...
Small Business Administration: 7(a) Program's General Characteristics and Summary of Issues
RCED-00-158R: Published: May 26, 2000. Publicly Released: May 26, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Small Business Administration's (SBA) 7(a) General Business Loan Program, focusing on: (1) the general characteristics of the 7(a) program, including how the program operates; (2) certain issues, such as the lack of coordinated lender oversight, that have been identified in recent studies and reports on the program; and (3) how SBA has responde...
Small Business: Status of SBA's 8(a) Minority Business Development Program
T-RCED-95-149: Published: Apr 4, 1995. Publicly Released: Apr 4, 1995.
GAO discussed the status of the Small Business Administration's (SBA) 8(a) business development program and the Department of Defense's (DOD) small disadvantaged business program, focusing on key changes designed to make the 8(a) program more effective. GAO noted that: (1) although the total dollar value of new contracts awarded competitively grew during fiscal year 1994, federal procuring agencie...
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...
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...
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...