Accession Number:

ADA106851

Title:

Data on Small Business--Much is Collected but it Should be Integrated for Better Use.

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT DIV

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1981-07-16

Pagination or Media Count:

11.0

Abstract:

Virtually all officials we met with at Federal data gathering agencies and the Small Business Administration recognized the need for a small business data base. In our opinion, data gathering, analysis, and dissemination is a valid and important role for the Federal Government. Unquestionably, a wealth of information exists and is routinely gathered, but is not fully used due to legal and technical problems. The issues of confidentiality and access are being addressed through pending legislative proposals. We believe legislation will be needed to make federally collected data on small businesses more useful for policy analysis while ensuring confidentiality. The technical problems associated with coverage, comparability, errors, and timing are well recognized among the data gathering agencies, SBA, the Office of Federal Statistical Policy and Standards, and OMB. While many of the problems can be overcome, agencies are constrained by limited resources. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE