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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 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...
Federal Research: Observations on the Small Business Innovation Research Program
RCED-98-132: Published: Apr 17, 1998. Publicly Released: Apr 17, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided a final report on aspects of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, focusing on: (1) agencies' adherence to statutory funding requirements; (2) agencies' audits of extramural (external) research and development (R&D) budgets; (3) the effect of the application review process and funding cycles on award recipients; (4) the extent of...
Federal Research: Observations on the Small Business Technology Transfer Program
T-RCED-97-230: Published: Sep 4, 1997. Publicly Released: Sep 4, 1997.
GAO discussed the results of its review of the first-year implementation of the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program, focusing on: (1) the effect of STTR on the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR); and (2) the need for the STTR program.GAO noted that: (1) while agency officials expressed differing views on the effect of and the need for the STTR Program, all of the offic...
Federal Research: DOD's Small Business Innovation Research Program
RCED-97-122: Published: Apr 30, 1997. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1997.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed certain aspects of the Department of Defense's (DOD) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program, focusing on whether DOD's policies and procedures help ensure that: (1) quality research is performed under the funding agreements; (2) competitive procedures are being followed; and (3) technologies developed through the program are likely to...
FDA: Food Labeling, Nutrition Labeling, and Small Business Exemption
OGC-96-35: Published: Aug 21, 1996. Publicly Released: Aug 21, 1996.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) new rule on nutrition labeling requirements. GAO found that: (1) the rule would provide an understanding of the small business nutrition labeling exemption; and (2) FDA followed applicable requirements promulgating the rule...
Small Business: Financial Health of Small Business Investment Companies
RCED-93-51: Published: May 5, 1993. Publicly Released: May 5, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) the reasons for small business investment companies' (SBIC) liquidations between January 1986 and March 1991; (2) active and liquidated SBIC financial performances; and (3) the statistical correlation of key SBIC characteristics and investments with their liquidations and financial performance.GAO found that: (1) most SBIC are liquidated for p...
Small Business: Analysis of SBA's Preferred Lenders Program
RCED-92-124: Published: May 15, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Preferred Lenders Program, focusing on: (1) preliminary program results; (2) characteristics of preferred loans compared with other SBA-guaranteed business loans; (3) the geographic distribution of preferred loans; and (4) independent audit determinations of preferred lenders' compliance with SBA regulation...
Federal Research: Small Business Innovation Research Program Shows Success but Can Be Strengthened
T-RCED-92-45: Published: Mar 31, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 1992.
GAO discussed the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR), focusing on: (1) whether the SBIR Program has met its goals; (2) the reasons for minority and disadvantaged businesses' low level of Phase III SBIR Program activity; (3) the level of foreign investment and attention that SBIR awardees have attracted; and (4) changes that could improve the program. GAO noted that: (1) the SBIR Pro...
Federal Research: Small Business Innovation Research Shows Success but Can Be Strengthened
RCED-92-37: Published: Mar 30, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 1992.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the aggregate commercial trends in Phase III of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program.GAO found that: (1) Congress authorized the SBIR Program to strengthen the role of small, innovative companies in research and development; (2) Phase III involves the use of nonfederal funds for commercial application of technology or non-SBIR fe...