House Passes PPP Extension Bill, As IG Reports Duplicate Loans Made by SBA

The Small Business Administration’s Inspector General has issued a report finding that in the first batch of Paycheck Protection Program loans last year, 4,260 borrowers got two PPP loans when they only should have received one. The SBA intends to not forgive those duplicate loans, but to prevent duplication from happening again, the SBA has added controls that are causing delays and a logjam in loan processing this cycle, raising concerns that businesses will be caught without a loan when the program ends on March 31. The House has now passed legislation that would extend the PPP to the end of May.

Biden Administration Promises Smoother PPP Process

The Biden Administration has been studying the Paycheck Protection Program loan processes and has made some changes designed to smooth the process, cut down on fraud, and give the smallest businesses access to the loans. For two weeks beginning on Wednesday, PPP applications will be limited to businesses with fewer than 20 employees. Other changes have been made to the program too.

Federal Judge Orders SBA to Release PPP Loan Data

A federal judge has ordered the Small Business Administration to release the names, addresses and precise loan amounts for businesses that received loans under the Paycheck Protection Program. “In light of SBA’s awesome statutory responsibility to administer the federal government’s effort at keeping the nation’s small businesses afloat amidst an economic and health crisis of unprecedented proportions, the public interest in learning how well the agency fulfilled its charge is particularly pronounced,” U.S. District Judge James Boasberg ruled last week. He gave the Trump Administration until Nov. 19 to release the data. Several news organizations had submitted Freedom of Information

SBA Failed to Inform PPP Borrowers About Loan Offsets: IG Report

In April, the Small Business Administration indicated that SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advances would be treated as grants, but now says the forgiven amount of a Paycheck Protection Program loan must be reduced by the EIDL Advance, causing trouble for both borrowers who owe the money and the lenders who will have the unforgiven part of the PPP loan on their balance sheets. Meanwhile, the SBA’s Inspector General released a devastating report that thousands of ineligible businesses received PPP loans.