Program management (41 - 50 of 51 items)
The SBA 8(a) Procurement Program--A Promise Unfulfilled
CED-81-55: Published: Apr 8, 1981. Publicly Released: Apr 8, 1981.
The 8(a) Procurement Program of the Small Business Administration (SBA) is designed to channel noncompetitive federal contracts to disadvantaged small businesses to help them to become self-sufficient. The program also provides management, technical, marketing, and financial aid. A review was made of the program's implementation.The program has had some benefits: the formation of many disadvantage...
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...
Do NRC Plans Adequately Address Regulatory Deficiencies Highlighted by the Three Mile Island Accident?
EMD-80-76: Published: May 27, 1980. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 1980.
As a result of the the numerous studies concerning the accident at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Powerplant, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) drafted the Three Mile Island Action Plan, which includes 51 major tasks that NRC believes are necessary to respond to the many investigations and studies of the accident. In evaluating the plan and the adequacy of the NRC process for prioritizing and...
Small Business Administration's Surety Bond Guarantee Program
112675: Jun 30, 1980
The Small Business Administration's (SBA) Surety Bond Guarantee Program was reviewed. Under the Surety Bond Guarantee Program, SBA guarantees 80 to 90 percent of a surety company's losses on bonds executed for small businesses which can be reasonably expected to perform as required by a contract and which cannot obtain bonding without the guarantee. Surety companies pay SBA 20 percent of the bond...
Closer Controls and Better Data Could Improve Antitrust Enforcement
GGD-80-16: Published: Feb 29, 1980. Publicly Released: Feb 29, 1980.
Two agencies share responsibility for enforcing Federal antitrust laws: the Justice Department's Antitrust Division, through civil and criminal legal proceedings; and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), through adjudication before Administrative Law Judges. Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed their performance in enforcing Federal antitrust laws. Data was compiled on 294 antitrust in...
Small Business Administration's Small Business Investment Company Program
105635: May 8, 1978
The Small Business Administration's (SBA) Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) Program was intended to stimulate and supplement the flow of private-equity capital and long-term loans to small business. SBIC's are privately operated investment companies that are authorized to make equity investments in small businesses. In spite of the Federal Government's large financial commitment to the prog...
Ways To Increase the Number, Type, and Timeliness of 8(a) Procurement Contracts
CED-78-48: Published: Feb 1, 1978. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 1978.
The overall objective of the 8(a) program under the Small Business Act of 1953 is to provide government procurement assistance to disadvantaged business owners to assist them in developing their capability to compete effectively on the open market. Small Business Administration (SBA) officials involved in the 8(a) program were contracted to obtain their opinion on how to: increase the number of fe...
Changes Needed in Procedures for Setting Freight-Car Rental Rates
CED-77-138: Published: Nov 11, 1977. Publicly Released: Nov 11, 1977.
When one railroad uses another railroad's freight car, it pays a per-diem rental rate. The Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) establishes the criteria and procedures for determining per-diem rates. The per-diem rate reimburses freight-car owners for the costs of owning a freight car and for a fair return on investment. Although this should ideally allow an adequate supply of freight cars to move...
Auditing the Loan Program of the Small Business Administration
090953: Jan 1, 1976
This article appeared in the GAO Review, Vol. 11, Issue 2, Spring 1976...