SBA relaxes rule against business loans to probationers, while other federal agencies keep collateral consequences unchanged
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) last week published a final rule for its federal Microloan Program that will for the first time allow microloans to small businesses owned by someone currently on probation or parole. In its announcement, the SBA noted that this will “aid individuals with the highest barriers to traditional employment to reenter the workforce.” The change was evidently prompted by a review of agency regulations requested by the Cabinet-level Federal Reentry Council established in 2010 by former Attorney General Eric Holder.
While the change is welcome, it leaves in place substantial restrictions for people under sentence in other SBA loan programs, discussed at length in a post on this site last December.
It is also striking for being the only relaxation of federal collateral consequences since the Reentry Council was established five years ago. As reported on this site, federal agencies are said to be “mostly satisfied” with their the way their regulations address the situation of people with a criminal record.