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Consumer Product Safety Commission: Action Needed to Improve Preparedness for Product Examination Disruptions

GAO-23-105445
Oct 27, 2022
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Consumer Product Safety Commission The Chairman of CPSC should finalize the agency's continuity of operations plan, including conducting and incorporating an underlying risk assessment consistent with Federal Continuity Directive 1. The risk assessment should incorporate port-specific factors that could affect the agency's import surveillance function. (Recommendation 1)
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Consumer Product Safety Commission The Chairman of CPSC should perform the required analysis identified in Federal Continuity Directives 1 and 2 to support and determine the designation of essential functions within the agency. (Recommendation 2)
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Consumer Product Safety Commission The Chairman of CPSC should fully develop and implement actionable steps and set specific milestones for complying with section 2001(c)(2)(B) and (E) of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, related to examining a sample of de minimis shipments and establishing performance metrics related to de minimis shipments. (Recommendation 3)
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COVID Relief: SBA Could Improve Communications and Fraud Risk Monitoring for Its Arts and Entertainment Venues Grant Program

GAO-23-105199
Oct 11, 2022
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Small Business Administration The Associate Administrator of SBA's Office of Disaster Assistance should develop a comprehensive strategy for communicating with potential and actual grant program applicants in the event of a disaster or other emergency. Such a strategy should provide guidelines for how to communicate information in a timely and effective manner during nationwide emergencies (such as pandemics) and for doing so for any future industry-specific emergency assistance programs. (Recommendation 1)
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Small Business Administration The Associate Administrator of SBA's Office of Disaster Assistance should ensure that its post-award monitoring procedures for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program specifically address the risks the agency has assessed, including fraud risks, and clearly link them to monitoring activities. As a part of this effort, SBA should document its tolerance for the risks it has identified. (Recommendation 2)
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Small Business Administration: Recent Changes to the 8(a) Program's Financial Thresholds Need Evaluation

GAO-22-104512
Sep 29, 2022
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Small Business Administration The Associate Administrator of SBA's Office of Government Contracting and Business Development should document the procedures for the Section 408 report process. (Recommendation 1)
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Small Business Administration The Associate Administrator of SBA's Office of Government Contracting and Business Development should assess the process for producing Section 408 reports in light of identified delay-causing factors and use the results of the analysis to identify potential operational efficiencies and develop a plan to address report delays, including revising procedures as needed and developing time frames for report submission. (Recommendation 2)
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Small Business Administration The Associate Administrator of SBA's Office of Government Contracting and Business Development should conduct an assessment of the 2020 changes to the economic disadvantage thresholds for the 8(a) program. (Recommendation 3)
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Small Business Research Programs: Air Force Had Success in Some Areas with New Awards Process

GAO-22-105223
Jul 21, 2022
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Department of the Air Force The Secretary of the Air Force should ensure that public reports on the effectiveness of the open topics SBIR/STTR process include information on participation by women-owned small businesses. (Recommendation 1)
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Department of the Air Force The Secretary of the Air Force should ensure that Air Force reviews its data on disadvantaged business participation and business size in the open topics process, including that the data are current and reliable for the purpose of monitoring the process's effectiveness in attracting such businesses and smaller companies. (Recommendation 2)
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