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Why does SBA do that?

SBA is understaffed and seriously backlogged. Every single year, they get hundreds upon hundreds of 8(a) applications that are incomplete, have unresolved issues, or are otherwise deficient. Almost without exception these deficient applications have been prepared by the applicants themselves, or by others that are not truly experts on 8(a) eligibility.

The applications have no chance of being approved as submitted, yet each would take up months of SBA's time to fully analyze, process and formally deny. SBA simply doesn't have the staff resources to do all that. 

So instead, SBA kicks back any application that is missing any documentation they think they many need to see, or that has any open or unaddressed eligibility issues - even items that are only potential issues. Simply put, SBA needs to significantly reduce their backlog.  Returning deficient applications without having to fully process them is an effective way to do that. 

Of course, applicants are allowed to try again, and a fair number do. But an even greater number simply drop the whole thing. That is especially true for those that have had their applications returned more than once - unfortunately, a very common occurrence.

But for SBA, dropped applications just mean less backlog.

==> Do self-prepared applications ever get past SBA's initial screening? .

 

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