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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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3 Open Recommendations
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Office of Government Contracting and Business Development 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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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Office of Government Contracting and Business Development 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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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Office of Government Contracting and Business Development 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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Restaurant Revitalization Fund: Opportunities Exist to Improve Oversight

GAO-22-105442
Jul 14, 2022
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Small Business Administration The Associate Administrator for the Office of Capital Access should conduct and document an assessment of the RRF pre-award controls and address or mitigate deficiencies. (Recommendation 1)
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Small Business Administration The Associate Administrator for the Office of Capital Access should assess how the design of RRF pre-award controls may have adversely affected applicants from U.S. territories, and identify and document steps to mitigate this issue for future programs. (Recommendation 2)
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Small Business Administration The Associate Administrator for the Office of Capital Access should develop and implement policies and procedures for addressing RRF recipients who do not meet annual reporting requirements. (Recommendation 3)
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Small Business Administration The Associate Administrator for the Office of Capital Access should enhance RRF post-award reporting procedures by adding requirements for recipients to report their operating status. (Recommendation 4)
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Small Business Administration The Associate Administrator for the Office of Capital Access should develop and implement data analytics across RRF awards as a means to detect potentially fraudulent award recipients. (Recommendation 5)
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Small Business Administration The Associate Administrator for the Office of Capital Access should develop, document, and implement procedures to use enforcement data on suspected fraud in other SBA programs, such as PPP, to identify potential fraud in RRF recipients. (Recommendation 6)
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Consumer Protection: Congress Should Consider Enhancing Protections around Scores Used to Rank Consumers

GAO-22-104527
May 26, 2022
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1 Open Recommendations
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Congress Congress should consider determining and implementing appropriate consumer protections for consumer scores beyond those currently afforded under existing federal laws. Among the issues that should be considered are the rights of consumers to view and correct data used in the creation of scores and to be informed of scores' uses and potential effects. (Matter for Consideration 1)
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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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