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Small Business Administration: Leadership Attention Needed to Overcome Management Challenges
GAO-15-347: Published: Sep 22, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 2015.
GAO has a related report that discusses SBA’s organizational structure with a focus on its regional offices. See Small Business Administration: Views on the Operational Effects of Closing Regional Offices, GAO-15-369 (Washington, D.C.: Sept. 22, 2015).What GAO FoundThe Small Business Administration (SBA) has not resolved many of its long-standing management challenges due to a lack of sustained...
Small Business Administration: Views on the Operational Effects of Closing Regional Offices
GAO-15-369: Published: Sep 22, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 2015.
GAO has a related report that addresses a range of SBA management issues, including strategic planning, human capital management, organizational structure, enterprise risk management, procedural guidance, and information technology. See Small Business Administration: Leadership Attention Needed to Overcome Management Challenges, GAO-15-347 (Washington, D.C.: Sept. 22, 2015).What GAO FoundWhile lon...
Small Business Administration: Additional Steps Needed to Help Ensure More Timely Disaster Assistance
GAO-15-727T: Published: Jul 8, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 8, 2015.
Following Hurricane Sandy, the Small Business Administration (SBA) did not meet its timeliness goal (21 days) for processing business loan applications. From receipt to loan decision, SBA averaged 45 days to process physical disaster loans and 38 days for economic injury loans. SBA did not expect early receipt of a high volume of loan applications, and delayed increasing staffing—which in turn i...
DHS IT Contracting: Steps Taken to Enhance EAGLE II Small Business Opportunities, but Better Assessment Data Needed
GAO-15-551: Published: Jun 24, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 2015.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) procurement officials reported taking three key steps to enhance small business participation in the Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading-Edge Solutions II (EAGLE II) contracts:Creating small business tracks within each of EAGLE II's three lines of business, including socioeconomic set-aside tracks, to exclusively target competitions to small businesses...
Small Business Research Programs: Challenges Remain in Meeting Spending and Reporting Requirements
GAO-15-358: Published: Apr 15, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 2015.
The Small Business Administration's (SBA) ability to fully determine compliance with spending requirements for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs for fiscal year 2013 is limited because most agencies submitted incorrect data. Nevertheless, analyzing agency data submitted to SBA suggests that 9 of the 11 agencies participating in the...
Small Business Contracting: Opportunities Exist to Further Improve HUBZone Oversight
GAO-15-234: Published: Feb 12, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 12, 2015.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) designates economically distressed areas as Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone), based on demographic data such as unemployment and poverty rates, but lacks an effective way to communicate program changes to small businesses. The designations apply to areas such as nonmetropolitan counties and census tracts and are subject to periodic changes...
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 Innovation Research: Change in Program Eligibility Has Had Little Impact
GAO-15-68: Published: Nov 20, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 2014.
Two of the 11 agencies participating in the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program—the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Energy (DOE)—opted to open part of their SBIR programs to small businesses that are majority-owned by multiple venture capital or similar firms (majority-owned portfolio companies), allowing s...
Small Business Health Insurance Exchanges: Low Initial Enrollment Likely due to Multiple, Evolving Factors
GAO-15-58: Published: Nov 13, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 2014.
Though all of the Small Business Health Options Programs (SHOPs) required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act were operational, many features were not yet available and enrollment was low as of June 2014. According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the agency that oversees the SHOPs, all 33 of the SHOPs run by CMS (federally facilitated, or FF-SHOPs) and 14 of th...
Women-Owned Small Business Program: Certifier Oversight and Additional Eligibility Controls Are Needed
GAO-15-54: Published: Oct 8, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 7, 2014.
Businesses have two options to certify their eligibility for the women-owned small business (WOSB) program. Whether self-certifying at no cost or using the fee-based services of an approved third-party certifier, businesses must attest that they are a WOSB or an economically disadvantaged WOSB (EDWOSB). Businesses also must submit documents supporting their attestation to a repository the Small Bu...