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Small Business Credit Programs: Treasury Continues to Enhance Performance Measurement and Evaluation but Could Better Communicate and Update Results
GAO-15-105: Published: Dec 11, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 11, 2014.
The Small Business Lending Fund (SBLF) and State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) have continued to support small business lending. According to the Department of the Treasury (Treasury), as of June 30, 2014, SBLF participants had increased their qualified small business lending by $13.5 billion over their aggregate 2010 baseline, and SSBCI participants had used 60 percent of the $1.5 bill...
Small Business Administration: Cosponsored Activities Can Benefit Small Businesses but Lack a Consistent Feedback Mechanism
GAO-14-260: Published: May 30, 2014. Publicly Released: May 30, 2014.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) and cosponsors share responsibilities for planning, funding, and conducting cosponsored activities. Before cosponsored activities take place, SBA field and program offices decide on the type and subject of the activity, solicit potential cosponsors, draft an agreement, agenda and budget, and designate a cosponsor as fiscal agent to collect, manage, and disbu...
Small Business Administration: Actions Needed to Ensure Planned Improvements Address Key Requirements of the Development Company (504) Loan Program
GAO-14-233: Published: Mar 6, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 7, 2014.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has established lending standards to protect against default and has measured program performance, but lacks guidance on determining the number of jobs supported by 504 program-funded projects. SBA's guidance for certified development companies (CDC)—nonprofits that provide funding to small businesses to promote local economic development in their communit...
Small Business Lending Fund: Treasury Should Ensure Evaluation Includes Methods to Isolate Program Impact
GAO-14-135: Published: Dec 11, 2013. Publicly Released: Dec 11, 2013.
According to the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury), as of June 30, 2013, Small Business Lending Fund (SBLF) participants had increased their qualified small business lending by $10.4 billion over their aggregate 2010 baseline of $36.5 billion. However, SBLF participants varied greatly in the extent to which they had increased small business lending. GAO analysis for the quarter ending Jun...
Export Promotion: Small Business Administration Needs to Improve Collaboration to Implement Its Expanded Role
GAO-13-217: Published: Jan 30, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 2013.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) and five other key agencies provide a variety of export promotion services to small businesses. In addition to outreach, which all six agencies conduct, SBA's primary activities include counseling and training, provided mainly through nonfederal partner entities called Small Business Development Centers, and export financing, provided through SBA's Office of...
Small Business Administration: Management Practices Have Improved for the Women's Business Center Program
GAO-01-791R: Published: Jun 13, 2001. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 2001.
This report evaluates how the Small Business Administration (SBA) has managed its Women's Business Center Program. GAO found that the two offices that run the program--the Office of WOmen's Business Ownership (program office) and the Office of Procurement and Grants (grants office)--have addressed the weaknesses cited in GAO's 1999 report. For example, files from the program office that GAO review...
Small Business Administration: Enhancements Needed for Loan Monitoring System Benchmark Study
AIMD-99-165: Published: May 14, 1999. Publicly Released: May 14, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed a benchmark study conducted by a contractor comparing the Small Business Administration's (SBA) loan monitoring business processes to those of selected public and private sector organizations.GAO noted that: (1) the benchmark study was an important first step in SBA's efforts to develop a loan monitoring system; (2) it identified wide gaps between...
FCC: Installment Payment Financing for Personal Communications Services Licensees
OGC-99-3: Published: Oct 2, 1998. Publicly Released: Oct 2, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) new rule on installment payment financing for personal communications services licensees. GAO noted that: (1) the rule would set forth procedures that will govern reauctions of C block spectrum surrendered to FCC as well as any other C block spectrum available for reauction; and (2) FCC complied with...
Small Business Administration: Few Reviews of Guaranteed Lenders Have Been Conducted
GGD-98-85: Published: Jun 11, 1998. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) how the Small Business Administration (SBA) conducts on-site reviews to monitor participating lenders' compliance with its 7(a) loan program policies and procedures; and (2) what actions SBA is taking to comply with the preferred lender oversight provisions of the Small Business Programs Improvement Act of 1996 (SBPIA).GAO noted that: (1) prio...
FCC: Rules and Policies for Local Multipoint Distribution Service and for Fixed Satellite Services
OGC-98-53: Published: May 28, 1998. Publicly Released: May 28, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) new rule on local multipoint distribution service (LMDS) and fixed satellite services. GAO noted that: (1) the rule would facilitate more effective use of the microwave radio spectrum by permitting the partitioning of a licensee's authorized geographic service area and disaggregation or assignment of...