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Open Recommendations

USDA Food Box Program: Key Information and Opportunities to Better Assess Performance

GAO-21-353
Sep 08, 2021
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1 Open Recommendations
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Department of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should take steps to apply the lesson learned from the Food Box Program regarding collecting and analyzing data to assess program goals to current and future emergency food assistance programs. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Economic Development: Opportunities Exist for Further Collaboration among EDA, HUD, and USDA

GAO-21-579
Jul 30, 2021
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5 Open Recommendations
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Economic Development Administration The Assistant Secretary of Economic Development at EDA should, in collaboration with HUD, revisit the two agencies' interagency agreement on community and economic development planning to align their collaborative efforts based on current priorities and determine to what extent USDA should be included in the agreement. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Economic Development Administration The Assistant Secretary of Economic Development at EDA should, in collaboration with HUD, monitor progress toward achieving outcomes of the two agencies' interagency agreement on community and economic development planning. (Recommendation 2)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Housing and Urban Development The Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development at HUD should, in collaboration with EDA, revisit the two agencies' interagency agreement on community and economic development planning to align their collaborative efforts based on current priorities and determine to what extent USDA should be included in the agreement. (Recommendation 3)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Housing and Urban Development The Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development at HUD should, in collaboration with EDA, monitor progress toward achieving outcomes of the two agencies' interagency agreement on community and economic development planning. (Recommendation 4)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Agriculture The Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development at USDA should work with EDA and HUD to identify opportunities to include USDA in the agencies' collaborative efforts on community and economic development strategic planning. (Recommendation 5)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Paycheck Protection Program: SBA Added Program Safeguards, but Additional Actions Are Needed

GAO-21-577
Jul 29, 2021
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3 Open Recommendations
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Small Business Administration The SBA Administrator should implement the advance purchase provision in the CARES Act or report to Congress why the agency has not complied, including seeking statutory flexibilities or exceptions believed appropriate. (Recommendation 2)
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SBA generally agreed with the recommendation. The agency said it would notify Congress of its request to seek statutory flexibility on this matter or would request that Congress repeal the advance purchase requirement, but had not yet done so as of September 2021.
Small Business Administration The SBA Administrator should establish timeframes for finalizing and issuing its procedures for higher authority reviews and reviews conducted by a committee of senior managers. (Recommendation 3)
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SBA agreed with the recommendation and told us it was working to finalize its procedures for these reviews, but had not yet done so as of September 2021.
Small Business Administration The SBA Administrator should develop and implement a process to ensure it responds in a timely manner to PPP lender inquiries on loan reviews. (Recommendation 4)
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SBA agreed with the recommendation and said it would provide procedures to us, but had not yet done so as of September 2021.

Micro, Small, and Medium-Sized Enterprise Development: USAID Needs to Develop a Targeting Process and Improve the Reliability of Its Monitoring

GAO-21-269
Mar 30, 2021
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6 Open Recommendations
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United States Agency for International Development The USAID Administrator should direct the Private Sector Engagement Hub or other appropriate entity to establish a method to identify the total funding subject to the WEEE Act's requirements in order to develop a process that provides reasonable assurance of compliance with the Act's requirements for targeting assistance to the very poor and women. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
United States Agency for International Development The USAID Administrator should direct the Private Sector Engagement Hub or other appropriate entity to provide information and guidance to bureaus and missions on their roles in meeting the agency's targeting requirement regarding the very poor. (Recommendation 2)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
United States Agency for International Development The USAID Administrator should direct the Private Sector Engagement Hub or other appropriate entity to establish a definition for enterprises owned, managed, and controlled by women in order to develop a process that provides reasonable assurance of compliance with the WEEE Act's requirements for targeting assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises owned, managed, and controlled by women. (Recommendation 3)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
United States Agency for International Development The USAID Administrator should direct the Private Sector Engagement Hub or other appropriate entity to disaggregate MSME data to distinguish among micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises in order to develop a process that provides reasonable assurance of compliance with the WEEE Act's requirements for targeting assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises owned, managed, and controlled by women. (Recommendation 4)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
United States Agency for International Development The USAID Administrator should direct the Private Sector Engagement Hub or other appropriate entity to develop a methodology to ensure that it collects data from all relevant missions and bureaus with micro, small, and medium-sized enterprise assistance. (Recommendation 5)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
United States Agency for International Development The USAID Administrator should direct the Private Sector Engagement Hub or other appropriate entity to take steps to ensure the reliability of the micro, small, and medium-sized enterprise assistance data reported to Congress. (Recommendation 6)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
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