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Small Business Administration: Additional Steps Needed to Help Ensure More Timely Disaster Assistance
GAO-14-760: Published: Sep 29, 2014. Publicly Released: Oct 23, 2014.
Following Hurricane Sandy, the Small Business Administration (SBA) did not meet its timeliness goal for processing business loan applications. From application receipt to loan decision, SBA took an average of 45 days to process physical business disaster loans and 38 days for economic injury loans, both of which exceed SBA's 21-day application processing goal. SBA said it was challenged by an unex...
Small Business Administration: Review of 7(a) Guaranteed Loans to Select Franchisees
GAO-13-759: Published: Sep 10, 2013. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 2013.
Analysis of guaranteed loans to franchisees of a select franchise organization reviewed by GAO, approved from January 1, 2000, to December 31, 2011, showed the Small Business Administration (SBA) approved a total of about $38.4 million for 170 loans made by 54 lenders. SBA's guaranteed portion on these loans was approximately $28.8 million. Of the total population of 170 loans, 74 loans defaulted,...
Patriot Express: SBA Should Evaluate the Program and Enhance Eligibility Controls
GAO-13-727: Published: Sep 12, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 2013.
Patriot Express loans valued at about $703 million have defaulted at a higher rate than loans under the Small Business Administration's (SBA) other related loan guarantee programs, and losses for Patriot Express have exceeded its income. With the exception of loans approved in 2007, Patriot Express loans have defaulted at a higher rate than loans made under SBA's main 7(a) program or loans made un...
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...
State Small Business Credit Initiative: Opportunities Exist to Improve Program Oversight
GAO-12-173: Published: Dec 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2011.
Congress enacted the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 in September 2010 in response to concerns that small businesses have been unable to access capital that would allow them to create jobs. Among other things, the act aims to stimulate job growth by establishing the $1.5 billion State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) within the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) to strengthen state and...
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...