Fiscal Year 2007 Report on the Most Serious Management and Performance Challenges Facing the Small Business Administration
Date Issued: Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Report Number: 7-01

MEMORANDUM

TO: Steven C. Preston
Administrator

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FROM: Eric M. Thorson
Inspector General

SUBJECT: SBA’s Top Management Challenges for Fiscal Year 2007

In accordance with the Reports Consolidation Act of 2000, we are providing you with the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) Report on the Most Serious Management Challenges Facing the Small Business Administration (SBA) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2007. This report represents our
current assessment of Agency programs or activities that pose significant risks, including those that are particularly vulnerable to fraud, waste, error, mismanagement, or inefficiencies. The Challenges are not presented in order of priority, as we believe that all are critical management
issues facing the Agency.

Our report is based on specific OIG, Government Accountability Office, or other official reports,
as well as our general knowledge of SBA’s programs and operations. Our analysis generally considers those accomplishments that SBA reported as of September 30, 2006.

Within each Management Challenge is a series of “action items” showing the actions recommended by the OIG to resolve that particular Challenge. Each action item is assigned a color status score, except that the OIG did not assign a color score to new actions in this report
unless we notified the Agency of the new action by midyear. The scores are as follows: Green for Implemented; Yellow for Substantial Progress; Orange for Some Progress; and Red for No Progress. An upwards arrow in the color box indicates that the color score improved over last year’s report; a downwards arrow indicates that the color score worsened. As part of the OIG’s continuing evaluation of the Management Challenges, certain action items have been revised
(revisions, other than minimal revisions, are indicated by “Revised Action”).

Actions that were scored green last year, and which remained green this year, have been moved
up to the “history bar” which is located above the action items. This history bar helps to show any progress that the Agency has made on the Challenge over the past four fiscal years (or as long as the Challenge has existed, if shorter) by reporting the number of actions that moved to
Green each year.

Following is a summary of FY 2007 report on the ten Management Challenges.

To see the table and the rest of this report, please see the attached document.