Small business loans (11 - 20 of 117 items)
Small Business Administration: Actions Needed to Improve the Usefulness of the Agency's Lender Risk Rating System
GAO-10-53: Published: Nov 6, 2009. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2009.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) guarantees individual loans that lenders originate. The agency uses its Loan and Lender Monitoring System (L/LMS) to assess the individual risk of each loan, and SBA's contractor developed a lender risk rating system based on L/LMS data. However, questions have been raised about the extent to which SBA has used its lender risk rating system to improve its ov...
Small Business Administration's Implementation of Administrative Provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvesment Act
GAO-09-507R: Published: Apr 16, 2009. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 2009.
Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), Congress required the Small Business Administration (SBA) to implement a total of eight administrative provisions to help facilitate small business lending and enhance liquidity in the secondary markets. These administrative provisions include (1) temporarily requiring SBA to reduce or eliminate certain fees on 7(a) and 504 loans; (2...
Small Business Administration: Additional Guidance on Documenting Credit Elsewhere Decisions Could Improve 7(a) Program Oversight
GAO-09-228: Published: Feb 12, 2009. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 2009.
The Small Business Administration's (SBA) 7(a) program is intended to provide loan guarantees to small business borrowers who cannot obtain conventional credit at reasonable terms and do not have the personal resources to provide financing themselves. In fiscal year 2008, SBA guaranteed over 69,000 loans valued at about $13 billion. To assist in oversight of the 7(a) program, GAO was asked to (1)...
Rural Economic Development: Collaboration between SBA and USDA Could Be Improved
GAO-08-1123: Published: Sep 18, 2008. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 2008.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Rural Development offices of the U.S. Department of Agriculture both work in rural areas to foster economic development by promoting entrepreneurship and community development. This report discusses (1) the complementary nature of some SBA and Rural Development programs and the extent to which it provides a rationale for the agencies to collaborate,...
Export-Import Bank: Performance Standards for Small Business Assistance Are in Place but Ex-Im Is in the Early Stages of Measuring Their Effectiveness
GAO-08-915: Published: Jul 17, 2008. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 2008.
The Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) provides loans, loan guarantees, and insurance to support U.S. exports, and its support for small businesses has been a long-standing issue of congressional interest. Most recently in 2006, Congress required Ex-Im to develop, and GAO to review, performance standards for Ex-Im's assistance to small businesses, especially those owned by socially and economically disadv...
Small Business Administration: 7(a) Loan Program Needs Additional Performance Measures
GAO-08-226T: Published: Nov 1, 2007. Publicly Released: Nov 1, 2007.
The Small Business Administration's (SBA) 7(a) program, initially established in 1953, provides loan guarantees to small businesses that cannot obtain credit in the conventional lending market. In fiscal year 2006, the program assisted more than 80,000 businesses with loan guarantees of nearly $14 billion. This testimony, based on a 2007 report, discusses (1) the 7(a) program's purpose and the per...
Small Business Administration: Additional Measures Needed to Assess 7(a) Loan Program's Performance
GAO-07-769: Published: Jul 13, 2007. Publicly Released: Aug 13, 2007.
The Small Business Administration's (SBA) 7(a) program, initially established in 1953, provides loan guarantees to small businesses that cannot obtain credit in the conventional lending market. In fiscal year 2006, the program assisted more than 80,000 businesses with loan guarantees of nearly $14 billion. This report examines (1) the program's purpose, based on its legislative history, and perfor...
Small Business Administration: Improvements Made, but Loan Programs Face Ongoing Management Challenges
GAO-06-605T: Published: Apr 6, 2006. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 2006.
The Small Business Administration's (SBA) purpose is to promote small business development and entrepreneurship through business financing, government contracting, and technical assistance programs. SBA's largest business financing program is its 7(a) program, which provides guarantees on loans made by private-sector lenders to small businesses that cannot obtain financing under reasonable terms a...
Small Business Administration: New Service for Lender Oversight Reflects Some Best Practices, but Strategy for Use Lags Behind
GAO-04-610: Published: Jun 8, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 2004.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has been challenged in the past in developing a lender oversight capability and a loan monitoring system to facilitate its oversight. While SBA has made progress in its lender oversight program, its past efforts to develop a loan monitoring system were unsuccessful. In 2003, SBA obtained loan monitoring services from Dun & Bradstreet. GAO evaluated SBA's loa...
Small Business Administration: Model for 7(a) Program Subsidy Had Reasonable Equations, but Inadequate Documentation Hampered External Reviews
GAO-04-9: Published: Mar 31, 2004. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 2004.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) approved about $8.6 billion in loan guarantees through its 7(a) loan program in fiscal year 2003. SBA must estimate the subsidy cost of this program. Since fiscal year 2003, SBA has been using econometric modeling to estimate the subsidy. This report reviews SBA's estimation methodology and equations, assesses the default and recovery rates the model produce...