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Small Business Innovation Research: Agencies Need to Strengthen Efforts to Improve the Completeness, Consistency, and Accuracy of Awards Data
GAO-07-38: Published: Oct 19, 2006. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 2006.
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program was created to increase the use of small businesses to meet federal research needs and commercialize the results of this research. To monitor the program, the Small Business Administration (SBA) requires participating agencies to provide, in a standard format, specific data on all SBIR awards they make. SBA then compiles these data into a datab...
Drinking Water: EPA Should Strengthen Ongoing Efforts to Ensure That Consumers Are Protected from Lead Contamination
GAO-06-148: Published: Jan 4, 2006. Publicly Released: Jan 26, 2006.
Elevated lead levels in the District of Columbia's tap water in 2003 prompted questions about how well consumers are protected nationwide. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), states, and local water systems share responsibility for providing safe drinking water. Lead typically enters tap water as a result of the corrosion of lead in the water lines or household plumbing. EPA's lead rule est...
Department of Energy: Improved Oversight Could Better Ensure Opportunities for Small Business Subcontracting
GAO-05-459: Published: May 13, 2005. Publicly Released: May 24, 2005.
Federal policy requires that small businesses receive the maximum practicable subcontracting opportunity for providing goods and services to large businesses that contract directly with federal agencies. The Department of Energy (DOE) annually directs almost $20 billion to the 34 "facility management contractors" of which $3.3 billion was redirected to small business subcontractors in fiscal year...
Small Business: HUBZone Program Suffers From Reporting and Implementation Difficulties
GAO-02-57: Published: Oct 26, 2001. Publicly Released: Nov 27, 2001.
Congress created the Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) program to stimulate economic development and create jobs in distressed urban and rural areas. To achieve these goals, the HUBZone program provides small businesses with greater access to federal contracting opportunities. Reported HUBZone program achievements for fiscal year 2000 were inaccurate because of data entry errors a...
Observations on the Small Business Administration's Fiscal Year 2000 Annual Performance Plan
RCED-99-211R: Published: Jul 20, 1999. Publicly Released: Aug 18, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Small Business Administration's (SBA) fiscal year (FY) 2000 performance plan, focusing on: (1) assessing the usefulness of the agency's plan for decisionmaking; and (2) identifying the degree of improvement the agency's FY 2000 performance plan represents over the FY 1999 plan.GAO noted that: (1) SBA's FY 2000 annual performance plan provides a...
Small Business Tax Compliance Burden
GGD-99-96R: Published: May 5, 1999. Publicly Released: May 5, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the tax compliance burdens of small business taxpayers, focusing on: (1) why the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) compliance burden estimates are not reliable; (2) why the relationship of the no-change rates to audit rates for small businesses and other individuals is difficult to determine; and (3) why IRS has limited information on its interactio...
Consumer Product Safety Commission: Better Data Needed to Help Identify and Analyze Potential Hazards
HEHS-97-147: Published: Sep 29, 1997. Publicly Released: Oct 23, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) project selection, use of cost-benefit analysis and risk assessment, and information release procedures, focusing on: (1) the criteria CPSC uses to select projects and the information it relies upon in making these choices; (2) the information CPSC draws on to perform risk assessment and cost-benefit...
Small Business Administration: Better Planning and Controls Needed for Information Systems
AIMD-97-94: Published: Jun 27, 1997. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Small Business Administration's (SBA) efforts to develop a risk management database and a loan monitoring system, focusing on: (1) the status of SBA's development and implementation of the risk management database; (2) whether SBA has established adequate processes and controls to ensure that the database will contain complete and accurate loan...
Small Business: Efforts to Improve Activities of the Service Corps of Retired Executives
RCED-91-5: Published: Nov 20, 1990. Publicly Released: Dec 21, 1990.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the operations of the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), focusing on: (1) how SCORE operates and the services it provides to the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Small Business Development Centers (SBDC); and (2) SCORE management and administration of its chapters.GAO found that: (1) some SCORE chapters did not submit monthly or an...
Department of Energy's Procurement Practices as They Affect Small Business
EMD-78-103: Published: Aug 10, 1978. Publicly Released: Aug 10, 1978.
In response to a congressional inquiry, a review was conducted of the Department of Energy's (DOE) procurement practices as they affect small business. DOE data showed that 10.3 percent of the former Energy Research and Development Administration's (ERDA) fiscal year 1977 obligations was for prime contracts with small business firms. The review indicated that the 10.3 percent included subcontracts...