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Small Business Subcontracting Report Validation Can Be Improved
GAO-02-166R: Published: Dec 13, 2001. Publicly Released: Jan 15, 2002.
GAO assessed agencies' validation of data submitted by prime contractors on their subcontracting achievements. Of $77 billion in subcontracting reported in fiscal year 2000, $31 billion went to small businesses, such as women-owned, and small disadvantaged businesses, as well as those located in historically underutilized business zones. Both civilian and defense agencies follow a similar process...
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...
Export Promotion: Government Agencies Should Combine Small Business Export Training Programs
GAO-01-1023: Published: Sep 21, 2001. Publicly Released: Nov 8, 2001.
The Export Enhancement Act of 1992 created the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee to coordinate the delivery of federal export promotion services and to eliminate the areas of overlap and duplication among federal export promotion programs. The Export Enhancement Act of 1999 reiterated that eliminating duplication was a primary objective. In 1993, Congress recommended that three agencies co-lo...
Small Business Administration: Status of Achieving Key Outcomes and Addressing Major Management Challenges
GAO-01-792: Published: Jun 22, 2001. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2001.
This report reviews the Small Business Administration's (SBA) fiscal year 2000 performance report and fiscal year 2002 performance plan required by the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 to assess SBA's progress in achieving selected key outcomes that are important to its mission. SBA's reported progress in achieving its outcomes is mixed. However, GAO had difficulty assessing SBA's pr...
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...
Disadvantaged Business Enterprises: Critical Information Is Needed to Understand Program Impact
GAO-01-586: Published: Jun 1, 2001. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 2001.
The Department of Transportation's (DOT) Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program seeks to remedy the effects of current and past discrimination against small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged persons and to foster equal opportunity in transportation contracting. This report provides information on (1) important changes made to the program since 1999...
Small Business: Status of Small Disadvantaged Business Certifications
GAO-01-273: Published: Jan 19, 2001. Publicly Released: Feb 20, 2001.
The federal government has an annual, governmentwide procurement goal of at least five percent for small disadvantaged businesses (SDB). SDBs are eligible for various price and evaluation benefits when being considered for federal contract awards. SDB firms must have their SDB status certified by the Small Business Administration (SBA). Because of concerns over reports that fewer businesses were r...
Small Business: Efforts to Facilitate Equity Capital Formation
GGD-00-190: Published: Sep 29, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the U.S. small businesses' access to equity capital financing, focusing on: (1) the major sources of external equity capital for U.S. small businesses and the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Office of Advocacy (OA) estimate of its perceived needs for equity capital financing; (2) trends for the period of 1994-1999 in small busi...
Observations on the Small Business Administration's Fiscal Year 1999 Performance Report and Fiscal Year 2001 Performance Plan
RCED-00-207R: Published: Jun 30, 2000. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Small Business Administration's (SBA) fiscal year (FY) 1999 performance reports and FY 2001 performance plan required by the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA).GAO noted that: (1) overall, SBA's FY 1999 report showed mixed results in meeting the agency's goals for the three key outcomes; (2) SBA's FY 2001 plan discusses the 10 manage...
Small Business: SBA Could Better Focus Its 8(a) Program to Help Firms Obtain Contracts
RCED-00-196: Published: Jul 20, 2000. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Small Business Administration's (SBA) 8(a) program's progress in developing small businesses that are owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, focusing on: (1) the extent to which firms are obtaining federal contracts; (2) how SBA tracks the training and assistance provided to firms; and (3) how firms view the program.GAO n...