A federal judge has given the Small Business Administration (SBA) until next Thursday, November 19, to release the names of all businesses that received loans under the Paycheck Protection Program. Washington DC-based U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg ruled that borrower information – including the loan amounts from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) as well as the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program (EIDL) – is not confidential and must be provided to a coalition of news organization that sought the information through a Freedom of Information Act request FOIA). The SBA had argued that the information is and should be kept confidential, but in his ruling, Judge Boasberg determined “[t]he significant public interest in shedding light on SBA’s administration of the PPP and EIDL program dramatically outweighs any limited private interest in nondisclosure.”