Small business (11 - 20 of 78 items)
Small Business Research Programs: Actions Needed to Improve Compliance with Spending and Reporting Requirements
GAO-13-421: Published: Sep 9, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2013.
Using data agencies had reported to the Small Business Administration (SBA), GAO found that 8 of the 11 agencies participating in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and 4 of the 5 agencies participating in the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program did not consistently comply with spending requirements for fiscal years 2006 to 2011. In calculating their annual spendin...
Small Business Lending: Opportunities Exist to Improve Performance Reporting of Treasury's Programs
GAO-13-76: Published: Dec 5, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 2012.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) has made progress in developing guidance and procedures to monitor participants' compliance with requirements for the Small Business Lending Fund (SBLF) and the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) programs. In response to GAO's previous recommendation on SBLF monitoring, Treasury has developed procedures for monitoring SBLF participant comp...
Small Business Administration: Progress Continues in Addressing Reforms to the Disaster Loan Program
GAO-12-253T: Published: Nov 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2011.
After the Small Business Administration (SBA) was widely criticized for its performance following the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes, the agency took steps to reform its Disaster Loan Program. Congress also enacted the Small Business Disaster Response and Loan Improvements Act of 2008 (Act), which places new requirements on SBA to better ensure it is prepared to respond to catastrophic disasters. This...
Small Business Contracting: Opportunities to Improve the Effectiveness of Agency and SBA Advocates and Mentor-Protege Programs
GAO-11-844T: Published: Sep 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 2011.
This testimony discusses our recent work on the federal government's efforts to increase contracting opportunities for small businesses. This work covered (1) the Offices of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) at federal agencies, (2) federal mentor-protege programs, and (3) the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Procurement Center Representatives (PCR) and Commercial Market Re...
Small Business Contracting: Action Needed by Those Agencies Whose Advocates Do Not Report to Agency Heads as Required
GAO-11-418: Published: Jun 3, 2011. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 2011.
Section 15(k) of the Small Business Act requires that all federal agencies with procurement powers establish an Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) to advocate for small businesses. Section 15(k)(3) requires that OSDBU directors be responsible only to and report directly to agency or deputy agency heads. GAO was asked to assess agencies' compliance with the reporting str...
Small Business Contracting: Survey of 25 Agency Advocates (GAO-11-436SP, June 2011), an E-supplement to GAO-11-418
GAO-11-436SP: Published: Jun 3, 2011. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 2011.
This is an e-supplement to GAO-11-418. It presents the results of GAO's survey of the directors of the Offices of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) at 25 federal agencies. (The Department of Defense agencies, as well as some of the other agencies surveyed, refer to their offices as the Office of Small Business Programs. For simplicity, we use the term OSDBU for all agencies surv...
Mentor-Protege Programs Have Policies That Aim to Benefit Participants but Do Not Require Postagreement Tracking
GAO-11-548R: Published: Jun 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 2011.
A mentor-protege program is an arrangement in which mentors--businesses, typically experienced prime contractors--provide technical, managerial, and other business development assistance to eligible small businesses, or protege. In return, the programs provide incentives for mentor participation, such as credit toward subcontracting goals, additional evaluation points toward the awarding of contra...
Participants in SBA's Microloan Program Could Provide Additional Information to Enhance the Public's Understanding of Recovery Act Fund Uses and Expected Outcomes
GAO-10-1032R: Published: Sep 29, 2010. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 2010.
This letter formally transmits and summarizes an oral briefing we gave on July 29, 2010, in response to Congress' request that we assess the extent to which the descriptions of the uses of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) funds--published on Recovery.gov--enhance the public's understanding of how funds are being spent and what outcomes are expected. Our briefing focuse...
Small Business Administration: Continued Attention Needed to Address Reforms to the Disaster Loan Program
GAO-10-735T: Published: May 19, 2010. Publicly Released: May 19, 2010.
After the Small Business Administration (SBA) was widely criticized for its performance following the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes, the agency took steps to reform its Disaster Loan Program. Congress also enacted the Small Business Disaster Response and Loan Improvements Act of 2008 (Act), which places new requirements on SBA to ensure it is prepared for catastrophic disasters. This testimony discus...
Small Business Innovation Research: Observations on Agencies' Data Collection and Eligibility Determination Efforts
GAO-09-956T: Published: Aug 6, 2009. Publicly Released: Aug 6, 2009.
The Small Business Innovation Development Act of 1982 established the Small Business Innovation Research program (SBIR) to stimulate technological innovation, use small businesses to meet federal research and development (R&D) needs, foster and encourage participation by minority and disadvantaged persons in technological innovation, and increase private sector commercialization of innovations der...