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The 7(a) loan program of the Small Business Administration (SBA) makes or guarantees loans to small businesses that are unable to obtain financial assistance from other sources such as private lending institutions. In recent years, the 7(a) program has experienced increasing losses. As of April 1981, 14.4 percent of the outstanding loans were delinquent or in liquidation. As loans face possible liquidation, the collateral pledged in support of these loans gains greater significance as a means of reducing losses. GAO reviewed the program to determine if SBA liquidation policies and practices for 7(a) business loans have minimized Federal losses which have increased over recent years.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

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Small Business Administration 1. The SBA Administrator should determine those aspects of the District Office's Portfolio Management Division's workload where it is essential that the Government's interest be protected and align existing staff accordingly.
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Small Business Administration 2. The SBA Administrator should modify the standard operating procedures to require spot checks of collateral during discretionary field visits to delinquent borrowers.
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Small Business Administration 3. The SBA Administrator should modify the standard operating procedures to require evidence from the participating bank of the existence, condition, and location of collateral before the loan guaranty is honored.
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Small Business Administration 4. The SBA Administrator should modify the standard operating procedures to clarify the requirement for and stress the importance of liquidation plans.
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Small Business Administration 5. The SBA Administrator should modify the standard operating procedures to require that the current financial condition of loan obligors be determined as soon as a loan is placed in liquidation.
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Small Business Administration 6. The SBA Administrator should modify the standard operating procedures to stipulate a timeframe for making a liquidation field visit to inventory and inspect collateral.
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Small Business Administration 7. The SBA Administrator should reassign staff made available as a result of the Bank Certification Program to duties in the Portfolio Management Division.
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