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Small Business Research Programs: Agencies Are Implementing New Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Requirements
GAO-13-70R: Published: Nov 15, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2012.
SBA issued revised policy directives for the SBIR and STTR programs in August 2012 that included new requirements designed to help agencies identify and prevent potential fraud, waste, and abuse in the SBIR and STTR programs--changes that SBA developed in consultation with agencies that participate in the programs and a working group of inspectors general. Among other changes, the revised SBIR and...
Mobile Device Location Data: Additional Federal Actions Could Help Protect Consumer Privacy
GAO-12-903: Published: Sep 11, 2012. Publicly Released: Oct 11, 2012.
Using several methods of varying precision, mobile industry companies collect location data and use or share that data to provide users with location-based services, offer improved services, and increase revenue through targeted advertising. Location-based services provide consumers access to applications such as real-time navigation aids, access to free or reduced-cost mobile applications, and fa...
Government Contracting: Federal Efforts to Assist Small Minority Owned Businesses
GAO-12-873: Published: Sep 28, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2012.
While their views varied to some degree, federal agency officials and advocacy groups GAO contacted identified a number of challenges that small, minority-owned businesses may face in pursuing federal government contracts. For example, officials and advocacy groups pointed to a lack of performance history and knowledge of the federal contracting process as significant barriers. Officials from advo...
Mortgage Foreclosures: Regulatory Oversight of Compliance with Servicemembers Civil Relief Act Has Been Limited
GAO-12-700: Published: Jul 17, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 2012.
Certain protections under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) only apply to those servicemembers who obtained mortgages prior to becoming active duty, but at least 15,000 instances of financial institutions failing to properly reduce servicemembers mortgage interest rates and over 300 improper foreclosures have been identified by federal investigations and financial institutions in re...
Small Business Contracting: Opportunities to Improve the Effectiveness of Agency and SBA Advocates and Mentor-Protege Programs
GAO-11-844T: Published: Sep 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 2011.
This testimony discusses our recent work on the federal government's efforts to increase contracting opportunities for small businesses. This work covered (1) the Offices of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) at federal agencies, (2) federal mentor-protege programs, and (3) the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Procurement Center Representatives (PCR) and Commercial Market Re...
Small Business Innovation Research: SBA Should Work with Agencies to Improve the Data Available for Program Evaluation
GAO-11-698: Published: Aug 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 2011.
Federal agencies with a budget of at least $100 million for research and development (R&D) conducted by others must participate in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. SBIR has four purposes: meet federal R&D needs; stimulate technological innovation; increase commercialization (e.g., sales) of innovations based on federal R&D; and encourage participation in innovation by small b...
Small Business Contracting: Action Needed by Those Agencies Whose Advocates Do Not Report to Agency Heads as Required
GAO-11-418: Published: Jun 3, 2011. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 2011.
Section 15(k) of the Small Business Act requires that all federal agencies with procurement powers establish an Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) to advocate for small businesses. Section 15(k)(3) requires that OSDBU directors be responsible only to and report directly to agency or deputy agency heads. GAO was asked to assess agencies' compliance with the reporting str...
Small Business Contracting: Survey of 25 Agency Advocates (GAO-11-436SP, June 2011), an E-supplement to GAO-11-418
GAO-11-436SP: Published: Jun 3, 2011. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 2011.
This is an e-supplement to GAO-11-418. It presents the results of GAO's survey of the directors of the Offices of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) at 25 federal agencies. (The Department of Defense agencies, as well as some of the other agencies surveyed, refer to their offices as the Office of Small Business Programs. For simplicity, we use the term OSDBU for all agencies surv...
Mentor-Protege Programs Have Policies That Aim to Benefit Participants but Do Not Require Postagreement Tracking
GAO-11-548R: Published: Jun 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 2011.
A mentor-protege program is an arrangement in which mentors--businesses, typically experienced prime contractors--provide technical, managerial, and other business development assistance to eligible small businesses, or protege. In return, the programs provide incentives for mentor participation, such as credit toward subcontracting goals, additional evaluation points toward the awarding of contra...
Mortgage Foreclosures: Documentation Problems Reveal Need for Ongoing Regulatory Oversight
GAO-11-433: Published: May 2, 2011. Publicly Released: May 5, 2011.
Mortgage servicers--entities that manage home mortgage loans--halted foreclosures throughout the country in September 2010, finding that documents required to be provided to courts in some states may have been improperly signed or notarized. In addition, academics and court cases are raising questions over whether foreclosures are being brought properly because of concerns over how loans were tran...