Tracey Tee, the chief government of Band of Mothers Media, which places on a ladies’s comedy tour, received an e mail from the S.B.A. final week with the identical information that has bedeviled 1000’s of venue homeowners and producers across the nation. “Your name,” the e-mail mentioned, “appears on the Do Not Pay list with the Match Source DMF.”
Translated from bureaucratic jargon, it informed Ms. Tee that she was thought of useless.
“We are in debt up the wazoo,” Ms. Tee mentioned. “We can’t afford to put shows back on the road because there’s no cash.”
Like nearly all producers, Band of Mothers — which places on a “moms’ night out” music and comedy occasion known as “The Pump and Dump Show” — was grounded by the pandemic final yr, and has had little alternative for income since. At the start of 2020, the corporate employed 13 folks — most of them moms of younger youngsters — however has since decreased its workers to 2.
After receiving the e-mail, Ms. Tee started a Kafkaesque effort to show that the federal government’s data was incorrect. She known as the Social Security Administration, which she mentioned was unhelpful. An operator at her native workplace was pleasant however mentioned: “I think you’re being spammed or scammed,” Ms. Tee recalled.
The Small Business Administration has mentioned little about the issue publicly. But in correspondence amongst candidates, the company has acknowledged that the issue gave the impression to be a results of conflicts between worker identification numbers, which apply to companies and nonprofit teams, and Social Security Numbers, which apply to people. If an organization has the identical worker identification quantity as a useless individual, the company flagged that utility as flawed.
Ms. Wilkerson, the S.B.A. spokeswoman, mentioned the company was working to clear up the issue and transfer purposes ahead. Mr. Kelley mentioned on Thursday’s name that candidates ought to lastly see the outcomes of these efforts — and a wave of approvals — subsequent week, in line with individuals on the decision.