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Small Business Administration OIG

COVID-19 EIDL Program Recipients on the Department of Treasury's Do Not Pay List

We produced this Management Advisory to notify Small Business Administration (SBA) officials of serious concerns about potential improper payments in SBA’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. Our review of Treasury’s analysis of processed COVID-19 EIDL and emergency EIDL grants from March to November 2020 revealed that SBA’s lack of adequate pre-award controls during this period of review led to 75,180 COVID-19 EIDLs totaling over $3.1 billion and 117,135 emergency EIDL grants totaling over $550 million being disbursed to potentially ineligible...

Small Business Administration OIG

SBA Emergency EIDL Grants to Sole Proprietors and Independent Contractors

The Office of Inspector General examined Emergency EIDL grants to sole proprietors and independent contractors from March 29, 2020, until the funds were exhausted just 14 weeks later on July 10. We set out to determine whether the agency complied with its internal policy that set Emergency EIDL grants at $1,000 per employee up to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act mandated maximum amount of $10,000. Using SBA’s data, we found SBA provided $4.5 billion more in Emergency EIDL grants to sole proprietors and independent contractors than they were entitled to receive...

Small Business Administration OIG

The Small Business Administration’s Implementation of Recommended Controls and the Economic Aid Act

SBA implemented or initiated action on all the OIG recommendations to strengthen internal controls related to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The Economic Aid Act continued assistance under the PPP for small businesses financially affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. We found SBA implemented the PPP in accordance with the Economic Aid Act with two exceptions. SBA did not 1) require an assessment of affiliation for faith-based organizations which contradicts its internal control procedures and 2) issue guidance regarding farm credit system institutions to ensure requirements...

Small Business Administration OIG

Evaluation of SBA’s Coronavirus Reconstitution Plan

We found that SBA established its May 2020 COVID-19 Reconstitution Plan in accordance with applicable federal guidance. We identified issues with the implementation of the reconstitution plan that should be addressed to help the agency safeguard its employees from contracting and spreading COVID-19 in the workplace. We found the agency did not follow occupancy procedures for advancing or reverting phases at its Washington, DC headquarters. SBA also did not implement exposure tracking protocols to ensure it consistently traced COVID-19 cases. We found the agency did not consistently notify its...

Small Business Administration OIG

Evaluation of SBA’s Awards to Highlight Technologies LLC to Meet Emerging Needs Related to COVID-19

The Office of Inspector General will conduct an evaluation of SBA’s awards made to Highlight Technologies LLC to meet emerging needs related to impacts of COVID-19. Our project is part of a series of reviews of contracts SBA awarded to support CARES Act and other COVID-19 related legislation programs. Our objective is to determine if SBA issued the blanket purchase agreement and contract modifications in accordance with federal laws, regulations, and internal guidance.

Small Business Administration OIG

Small Business Administration’s Implementation of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund

The Office of Inspector General Audits Division will perform an evaluation of the Small Business Administration’s implementation of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. Our objectives are to determine if SBA designed the program to (1) align with the American Rescue Plan Act requirements including whether designated groups were prioritized and (2) minimize the risk of financial loss.

Small Business Administration OIG

COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Advance Grant Recipients on the Department of Treasury's Do Not Pay List

The Office of Inspector General Audits Division will collaborate with the Department of Treasury's Do Not Pay team to perform an eligibility assessment of SBA's COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) program loan and advance grant applicants.  The objective of the review is to determine whether SBA implemented adequate administrative controls to prevent potential improper payments before the release of any federal funds.  The scope will generally cover EIDL loans and advance grants disbursed between March 2020 and November 2020.

Small Business Administration OIG

Follow‐up Inspection of COVID‐19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), Emergency EIDL Grants, And Targeted EIDL Advances to Ineligible Entities

The Office of Inspector General Audits Division will perform a Follow‐up Inspection of COVID‐19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), Emergency EIDL Grants, and Targeted EIDL Advances to determine whether SBA has internal controls in place to prevent ineligible entities, that were not in business on January 31, 2020, from receiving this federal assistance.

Small Business Administration OIG

SBA’s Handling of Identity Theft in the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is issuing this Evaluation report to notify Small Business Administration (SBA) officials of significant matters regarding its handling of complaints of identity theft in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. We recommend the Administrator to direct the Associate Administrator for the Office of Disaster Assistance, the Chief Financial Officer for the Office of Performance Management and Chief Financial Officer, and the Associate Administrator for the Office of Capital Access to: 1. Develop a process to...

Small Business Administration OIG

SBA’s Controls Over COVID-19 EIDL Applications Submitted from Foreign IP Addresses

The Office of Inspector General Audits Division will conduct a review of SBA’s controls over COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) applications submitted from Foreign IP Addresses. Our objective is to assess SBA’s internal controls in place to flag and prevent potentially fraudulent applications for the COVID-19 EIDL program submitted to SBA from foreign IP addresses, which are not U.S. Territories.