CUNA, NAFCU Say PPP Rules Needed Before Loans Are Made

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.

A Push for Streamlined PPP Forgiveness; Judge Orders Loan Data Be Made Public

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.

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

House Democrats Charge Administration Ignored Directions to Help Businesses in Underserved Areas

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.)

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.