Approving more COVID-19 pandemic relief loans


On: Jan 2021

The Small Business Administration (SBA) of the United States said that it had finalized more than 400,000 coronavirus pandemic relief loans that worth around $35 billion. Furthermore, it was attempting to resolve problems operational snags with the scheme gained by lenders. As per the news, the SBA released a 3rd round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) in this ongoing month. But it has made some crucial modifications to its rules, process as well as a technology platform, which has caused many threats that were lowering approvals.

The American Bankers Association said that several firms applying for a 2nd loan of the Paycheck Protection Program were discovering some technical problems. However, some lenders are also getting a high number of inappropriate error messages when they attempt to submit loan applications.

This month, it is also reported that the government officials of the nation had insisted big lenders move live with the recent round of the program despite numerous unsettled issues. The SBA said that a survey of first-time loans discovered inconsistency mostly with information mismatches and eligibility worries that found in 4.7 percent of the lender submitted statistics. 

The SBA said that these concerns will need regular follow-up between the banker and the borrower as they can access the 2nd round of loans. It would also deliver specialized guidance to help lenders to operate through the issues they are encountering.

Under the Paycheck Protection Program, companies get loans from banks and fintech firms that will be refunded by the government if the money is spent on acceptable expenses. Nearly $525 billion of Paycheck Protection Program loans were created in 2020 through 5.1 million loans. The officials of Congress elaborated this program along with another $284 billion in previous months. It also made some modifications to the rules on who was suitable, what the wage could be spent, and averting the procedure for submitting as well as approving loans.