The Inspector General of the Small Business Administration warned that during the earlier Paycheck Protection Program lending, businesses on a Treasury Department “Do Not Pay” list were approved for $3.6 billion in loans. It is not clear how much of the money was actually distributed.
The new Paycheck Protection Program starts with initial lending limited to businesses who have not received a PPP loan and lending going through Community Development Financial Institutions, Minority Depository Institutions, certified development corporations and microlenders. After a few days the lending options open further.
Financial and industry trade groups, including the Credit Union National Association and the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions, would like guidance and rules for the new Paycheck Protection Program issued soon so that there will not be constant updates and changes like those that occurred during the first PPP. The groups sent a letter to the Small Business Administration and Treasury Department, suggesting comprehensive and timely guidance on the program rules so that a smooth implementation can occur.
In a letter to congressional leaders, some 100 business groups including the Credit Union National Association, the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions, the American Bankers Association and the Independent Community Bankers of America, call on Congress to enact legislation to forgive all Paycheck Protection Program loans of up to $150,000 using a one-page application. Meanwhile the Small Business Administration is facing a judicial deadline to make information on PPP loans public.
The Trump Administration wants to delay the court-ordered release of all data for businesses that received Paycheck Protection Program loans and funds from the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.
Under an order issued by U.S. District Judge James Boasberg, the Small Business Administration is required to release that data by tomorrow, Nov. 19.
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
The Trump Administration ignored congressional guidance to place a high priority on helping small businesses in underserved areas weather the pandemic—one of myriad failures in the administration’s response to the coronavirus crisis, House Democrats charged Friday. Democrats on the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis issued a scathing report Friday, charging that the administration failed to adequately assist Americans as the virus spread. “The Select Subcommittee’s findings demonstrate that the Trump Administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic is among the worst failures of leadership in American history,” the subcommittee charged. In releasing the report, Subcommittee Chairman James Clyburn (D-S.C.)
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.
The staff of the Democratic-controlled House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis reports that in the first round of Payroll Protection Program lending, Community Development Financial Institutions and Minority Depository Institutions were largely excluded.
A simplified Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application has been rolled out for businesses that borrowed $50,000 or less. New legislation would be required for what CUNA and NAFCU want, which is automatic loan forgiveness for loans under $150,000.