Small business assistance (91 - 100 of 260 items)
Regulatory Reform: Implementation of the Small Business Advocacy Review Panel Requirements
GGD-98-36: Published: Mar 18, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) implementation of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act's (SBREFA) advocacy review panel requirements, focusing on: (1) whether EPA and OSHA had applied the advocacy review panel requirements to all rules that they proposed be...
Results Act: Observations on SBA's September 30, 1997, Strategic Plan
T-RCED-98-31: Published: Oct 29, 1997. Publicly Released: Oct 29, 1997.
GAO discussed the September 30, 1997 strategic plan developed by the Small Business Administration (SBA), pursuant to the Government Performance and Results Act.GAO noted that: (1) SBA's plan represents an improvement over its March 1997 version; (2) the plan contains the six elements required by the Results Act; (3) the strategic goals, as a group, are more clearly linked to SBA's mission and are...
Federal Research: Observations on the Small Business Technology Transfer Program
T-RCED-97-230: Published: Sep 4, 1997. Publicly Released: Sep 4, 1997.
GAO discussed the results of its review of the first-year implementation of the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program, focusing on: (1) the effect of STTR on the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR); and (2) the need for the STTR program.GAO noted that: (1) while agency officials expressed differing views on the effect of and the need for the STTR Program, all of the offic...
Results Act: Observations on the Small Business Administration's Draft Strategic Plan
RCED-97-205R: Published: Jul 11, 1997. Publicly Released: Aug 5, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Small Business Administration's (SBA) draft strategic plan, focusing on: (1) whether it fulfills the requirements of the Results Act, and GAO's views on its overall quality; (2) whether it reflects SBA's key statutory authorities; (3) whether it reflects interagency coordination for crosscutting programs, activities, or functions that are simil...
Federal Research: The Small Business Technology Transfer Program
T-RCED-97-157: Published: May 22, 1997. Publicly Released: May 22, 1997.
GAO discussed its review of the first-year implementation of the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Pilot Program.GAO noted that: (1) federal agencies rated the quality and commercial potential of STTR research proposals favorably in the first year of the program; (2) technical experts generally concluded that the proposals called for high-quality research; (3) as one example, the Departmen...
Federal Research: DOD's Small Business Innovation Research Program
RCED-97-122: Published: Apr 30, 1997. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1997.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed certain aspects of the Department of Defense's (DOD) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program, focusing on whether DOD's policies and procedures help ensure that: (1) quality research is performed under the funding agreements; (2) competitive procedures are being followed; and (3) technologies developed through the program are likely to...
Small Business: Update of Information on SBA's Small Business Investment Company Programs
RCED-97-55: Published: Feb 21, 1997. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO updated through fiscal year (FY) 1996 selected information presented in its May 1995 report on the performance of the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Small Business Investment Company programs, focusing on: (1) the programs' trends for fiscal years 1990 through 1996 in terms of the number, size, funding, and private capitalization of small business in...
Export Finance: Federal Efforts to Support Working Capital Needs of Small Business
NSIAD-97-20: Published: Feb 13, 1997. Publicly Released: Feb 13, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the current government programs that provide export working capital for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME), focusing on: (1) federal and state approaches for providing export working capital; (2) federal efforts to harmonize the export working capital programs of the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Eximbank) and the Small Business Administration (S...
Health Insurance Regulation: Varying State Requirements Affect Cost of Insurance
HEHS-96-161: Published: Aug 19, 1996. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the costs of state health insurance requirements, focusing on: (1) premium taxes on insured health plans; (2) mandated health benefits; (3) financial solvency standards; and (4) state health insurance reforms affecting small employers.GAO found that: (1) state health insurance regulation imposes requirements and costs on third-party...
Small Business: Status of SBA's 8(a) Minority Business Development Program
T-RCED-96-259: Published: Sep 18, 1996. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 1996.
GAO discussed the Small Business Administration's (SBA) 8(a) Minority Business Development Program, focusing on SBA progress in: (1) requiring the competitive award of high-value 8(a) contracts; (2) distributing 8(a) contracts to a larger number of firms; (3) ensuring that firms rely less on 8(a) contracts as they move through the 8(a) program; and (4) graduating from the program firms that have d...