S.1960 - Surety Bond Improvement Act of 2007

A bill to amend the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 to improve surety bond guarantees, and for other purposes. view all titles (2)

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  • Short: Surety Bond Improvement Act of 2007 as introduced.
  • Official: A bill to amend the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 to improve surety bond guarantees, and for other purposes. as introduced.

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Surety Bond Improvement Act of 2007 - Amends the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 to: (1) authorize the Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA) to guarantee any surety against loss from a small business principal's breach of bond on any total work or contract amou

Official Summary

Surety Bond Improvement Act of 2007 - Amends the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 to:
(1) authorize the Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA) to guarantee any surety against loss from a small business principal's breach of bond on any total work or contract amount that does not exceed $3 million (under current law, $2 million);
(2) direct the Administrator to authorize a surety that issues, monitors, or services such bonds to use rates approved by the insurance commissioner in the state in which the contract will be performed; and
(3) prohibit the Administrator from refusing to make payment on a surety guarantee based on facts, circumstances, or defects that the Administrator should reasonably have identified during the guarantee process. Requires the Administrator to notify the congressional small business committees regarding a proposed change in fees charged to guarantee surety bonds. Expresses the sense of Congress that the surety bond guarantee program is not required to be self-funding and, therefore, may at times operate at a loss. Directs the Administrator to establish a third-party alternative dispute resolution procedure for mediating an issue in controversy between a participating surety and the SBA.

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