Small Business Innovation Research: Agencies Need to Fully Implement Requirements for Managing Fraud, Waste, and Abuse, Report to Congressional Committees [open pdf - 5MB]
From the Highlights: "Federal agencies awarded small businesses almost $4 billion in SBIR [Small Business Innovation Research] and STTR [Small Business Technology Transfer] awards in fiscal year 2019 to perform research and development and commercialize technologies. SBA [Small Business Administration] oversees the programs, which are carried out by officials in 11 participating agencies. SBA established 10 minimum requirements for participating agencies to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse in the programs. The Small Business Act, as amended, also requires efforts by the 11 agencies' OIGs [Offices of Inspector General] to mitigate the programs' fraud risks. The Act also includes a provision that GAO [Government Accountability Office] study fraud, waste, and abuse in the programs and report to Congress every 4 years. This GAO report, its third, examines (1) the extent to which the 11 agencies have implemented SBA's minimum requirements and (2) the efforts OIGs have taken to mitigate fraud, waste, and abuse in SBIR and STTR programs."
Government Accountability Office: https://www.gao.gov/