Hearings Announced on Small Biz Patent Protection

October 18, 2011

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently published two public notices regarding issues of potential concern to the small-business community. The notices announced three upcoming hearings and two requests for comment on the issues of prior user rights and international patent protection for small firms. All three hearings will...


Senate Small-Biz Cmte. Approves Sargeant Nom.

October 12, 2011

The U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship yesterday voted 17-2 to approve the nomination of Dr. Winslow Sargeant to be the next Chief Counsel for Advocacy at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy. His nomination will now await a full Senate vote. Dr. Sargeant has been...


NSBA Provides Comments on SEC Reg Review

October 6, 2011

On Oct. 6, 2011, NSBA submitted comments to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding their retrospective review of their current, existing regulations, and urged closer attention to small-business concerns. In its comments, NSBA commended President Barack Obama and the SEC for undertaking this review to determine which SEC regulations...


Details on Health Exchange Regs

July 27, 2011

As previously reported, the Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS) proposed regulations governing the development of health insurance exchanges. The 224-page proposal was published in the Federal Register on July 15, and comments are due Sept. 28. NSBA is continuing to study and evaluate the rules, and will submit...


Obama Signs Another Reg Reform Executive Order

July 19, 2011

In the wake of his January Memoranda and Executive Order 13563, which required executive branch agencies to reduce regulations that placed unnecessary burdens on U.S. businesses and the public, President Barack Obama signed July 11 a new Memoranda and Executive Order aimed at independent agencies. According to the Obama Administration,...


Health Exchange Regulations Forthcoming

July 13, 2011

This week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed a set of rules to govern the development of health insurance exchanges.  Starting in 2014, these exchanges will be available to small businesses and individuals to shop for health insurance, learn about tax credits and other premium assistance, and...


Obama Administration Continues Reg Reform Efforts

June 1, 2011

In January, President Barack Obama announced that he was signing a new Executive Order and a new Presidential Memoranda aimed at ridding the federal regulatory process of absurd and unnecessary paperwork requirements that waste time and money. The Memoranda was directly addressed at reducing the regulatory burden on small firms....


Obama Administration Tackling Reg Reform

January 18, 2011

As previously noted, regulatory reform will be on the political agenda in the coming year. With the U.S. Congress already signaling its intent, the administration of President Barack Obama also has announced its intention to tackle regulatory reform. Yesterday, Obama penned an essay in the Wall Street Journal, outlining his administration’s plan to...


Reg Reform on the Agenda of the 112th Congress

January 11, 2011

When the work of the 112th Congress commences, it is clear that one item high on its agenda will be regulatory reform. Lawmakers in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate have indicated their intent to focus on the subject. Both Republican and Democratic Members of Congress already have...