SBA Office of Advocacy Comments on GAO Report

Release Date: 
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 12:00am
Release Number: 
Elle Patout

WASHINGTON – Dr. Winslow Sargeant, Chief Counsel for the SBA Office of Advocacy, issued the following statement after the release of the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s report titled, Office of Advocacy Needs to Improve Controls over Research, Regulatory, and Workforce Planning Activities.


“Advocacy appreciates the time and effort GAO took to understand how we fulfill the unique mission of our office.  This report shows that we are diligently working on behalf of the nation’s small businesses while illustrating areas where our office can improve in documentation.  We welcome GAO’s recommendations to improve our record keeping, and I am pleased to report that we have already put in place processes to further develop documentation procedures that have been evolving during my tenure.”


To view the report, please click here.  To see Advocacy’s formal comments within the report, view page 32 in the previously linked PDF. 


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