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Small Business Administration: Agency Should Assess Resources Devoted to Contracting and Improve Several Processes in the 8(a) Program
GAO-09-16: Published: Nov 21, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 21, 2008.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) helps small businesses gain access to federal contracting opportunities and helps socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses, known as 8(a) firms, by providing management and contracting assistance. SBA negotiates agency-specific goals to ensure that the federal government meets the statutory goal of awarding 23 percent of contract dollars to s...
Regulatory Reform: Implementation of the Small Business Advocacy Review Panel Requirements
GGD-98-36: Published: Mar 18, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) implementation of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act's (SBREFA) advocacy review panel requirements, focusing on: (1) whether EPA and OSHA had applied the advocacy review panel requirements to all rules that they proposed be...
Small Business Administration: Inadequate Oversight of Capital Management Services, Inc.--an SSBIC
OSI-94-23: Published: Mar 21, 1994. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the operations of a Small Business Administration (SBA) licensee, focusing on: (1) SBA regulation and oversight of the licensee's operations; (2) the licensee's compliance with SBA regulations in determining the eligibility of the firms it financed and whether its operations were business-like; and (3) the financing provided to an individual and tw...
Telecommunications: GSA Should Improve Oversight of Small Business Contracting
IMTEC-91-57: Published: Jul 9, 1991. Publicly Released: Sep 6, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed small and small disadvantaged business subcontracting opportunities for major telecommunications contracts, focusing on whether the Federal Telecommunications System (FTS) 2000, Technical Assistance and Management Services (TAMS), and Washington Interagency Telecommunications System (WITS) contracts afforded such businesses maximum practicable oppo...
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...
Updated Information on GAO for Use in the "Handbook for Small Business, a Survey of Small Business Programs of the Federal Government"
CED-7-418: Published: Apr 29, 1977. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 1983.
No summary is currently available...
Minimum Private Capital Required To Form Small Business Investment Company
B-197439: Published: Jun 3, 1981. Publicly Released: Jun 3, 1981.
GAO responded to an inquiry as to whether, in light of a GAO decision, the minimum private capital required to form a small business investment company (SBIC), or a minority enterprise small business investment company (MESBIC), can be satisfied in part from block grant funds. Block grant funds cannot be included in the minimum private capital required in the formation of an SBIC or MESBIC. In the...
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 Small Business Impact Statement Act of 1979 and the Small Business Regulatory Relief Act
109453: May 22, 1979
Commenting on two regulatory bills before the House of Representatives, GAO shared its views on the need to consider the adverse impact of government regulation on small business. Incorporation of the objectives of the pending legislation in more comprehensive regulatory reform legislation would make regulation less burdensome to small business. Various forms of flexible regulation exist which cou...