The U.S. Small Business Administration has to cut $92 million, or 5 percent, from its annual budget as a result of sequestration.
The SBA cuts are among many forced federal budget cuts, which went into effect March 1.
Here is a breakdown of the SBA cuts:
- Salaries and expenses: $22 million
- Office of the Inspector General: $1 million
- Office of the Advocacy: Less than $500,000
- Disaster-loan program: $45 million
- Business-loan program: $24 million
Despite the decrease in the salaries-and-expenses budget, outgoing SBA chief Karen Mills says no furloughs will be necessary. A year ago, the agency offered early retirement to a number of employees and the decrease in headcount achieved then was enough to mitigate the requisite budget cuts, Mills told reporters in a meeting in New York last week.
The SBA expects no disruption to its loan programs since it doesn't typically reach its actual loan cap, but small businesses that depend on federal contracts are expected to suffer. The SBA has estimated that the sequester will result in $4 billion less revenue for small-business contractors as a result of reduced federal spending. Also, the sequester funding cuts mean that the SBA will be able to mentor fewer entrepreneurs and will have to invest less money in entrepreneurship communities.
"The sequester is just terrible for small business," Mills said.
Each agency has seven months to make the required budget cuts. Overall, the U.S. federal government will have to eliminate $85 billion from its 2013 fiscal year budget.
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