House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) and Ranking Member Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.) sent a letter to Comptroller General of the United States at the Government Accountability Office Gene Dodaro requesting a report on the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) performance during the past hurricane season.
“SBA is a resource for millions of people who have been victims of natural disasters across our nation,” said Chabot in a statement. “As we examine disaster relief efforts at the SBA, it is critical that we have every piece of information from the past hurricane season at our disposal. We want to ensure that every opportunity to help is not overlooked or wasted as these communities that have been destroyed start to rebuild. I thank the Ranking Member for her persistence and passion as we tackle these pressing issues together.”
“When a natural disaster strikes, SBA is a vital part of the federal response to help small businesses and homeowners rebuild,” said Velázquez. “As communities from Texas to Puerto Rico still struggle to recover from the devastating hurricanes of 2017, it is imperative that SBA disaster relief efforts are carried out with maximum efficiency and as Congress intended. I am grateful to the Chairman for joining me in asking GAO to examine SBA’s 2017 disaster response. As we embark upon the start of a new hurricane season, this is an important step toward ensuring the agency is best equipped to respond to future disasters.”