Chief Counsel Nomination Hearing Held

February 15, 2018

On Feb. 14, the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship held a hearing on the nominations of David C. Tryon to be Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Hannibal M. Ware to be Inspector General of the SBA.

NSBA has long been a supporter of the Office of Advocacy, an established beacon of fairness for America’s small-business community. The Office of Advocacy oversees the implementation of several laws and executive orders that are intended to bolster the Chief Counsels’ authority to represent the interests of the small-business community.

NSBA sent a letter to the Committee Chairman James Risch (R-Idaho) and then-Ranking Member Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) encouraging the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship and the full Senate to promptly move to fill the Chief Counsel position with David Christian Tryon. Small businesses are disproportionately impacted by federal regulation and given this current regulatory climate, need a strong advocate as Chief Counsel.

The letter states that nominee David Tryon has impressed NSBA with his understanding of the needs and unique burdens facing smaller businesses. We also believe he is committed to a strong and independent role for the Chief Counsel in addressing those needs and burdens, within the Trump Administration. Accordingly, should he be confirmed by the Senate, NSBA looks forward to working with the nominee David Tryon to advocate for the long-term advancement of small businesses nation-wide.

NSBA is pleased the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship held a hearing on the nomination of Mr. Tryon, as he will play an invaluable role in guiding Advocacy’s operations, which includes providing consistent reliable information about the status and role of small business in the U.S. economy and advocating for small businesses within the federal government’s agencies and rulemaking processes. A champion in fostering public awareness of small-business contributions and concerns, the impact of Advocacy is far-reaching and vital.

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