Office of Inspector General High Risk 7(a) Loan Review Program
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This management advisory presents the evaluation results of two 7(a) loans as part of our ongoing High Risk 7(a) Loan Review Program. This is the second in a series of advisories for 7(a) loans we reviewed in fiscal year 2019. The objectives of our evaluation were to determine whether (1) high‐dollar/early‐defaulted 7(a) loans were originated and closed in accordance with the Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) rules, regulations, policies, and procedures and (2) material deficiencies existed that warrant recovery of guaranteed payments to lenders.
Our review of these two high-dollar/early-defaulted 7(a) loans identified that lenders for both loans did not provide sufficient evidence to support that they originated and closed the loans in accordance with SBA’s requirements. Specifically, the lenders did not provide adequate documentation to substantiate reasonable assurance that the borrowers met requirements for eligibility, repayment ability, and equity injection.
As a result, the lenders’ material noncompliance with SBA requirements while originating and closing the loans resulted in a combined potential loss to SBA of approximately $2 million. We recommended that SBA require the lenders to bring the two loans into compliance or seek recovery of approximately $2 million. SBA agreed with the recommendations and stated they will contact the lenders to obtain additional information to bring the loan into compliance. If the issues are not overcome, SBA will seek recovery from the lenders.