Chief Counsel Nominee OKd by Committee

March 28, 2019

On March 27, the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship held a markup on the nomination of David C. Tryon to be Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration (SBA). The nominee, who was reported unanimously, now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

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.

In advance of the markup, NSBA sent a letter to the Committee Chairman Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) and Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) encouraging the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship and the full Senate to promptly move to fill the Chief Counsel position with Mr. 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 Mr. Tryon has impressed NSBA with his understanding of the needs and unique burdens facing smaller businesses. NSBA is pleased the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship approved 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.

In addition to Mr. Tryon’s nomination, the committee unanimously approved two bills that address the urgent need for better cybersecurity for businesses and for our federal agencies. The measures, include:

S. 771 – Small Business Cyber Training Act — Sponsored by Chairman Rubio and cosponsored by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), this bill would create a training program for small business development centers (SBDCs) to prepare counselors in cyber planning assistance. Specifically, the bill would require SBDCs to have employees certified in cyber strategy counseling for small businesses. A one pager can be found here.
S. 772 – SBA Cyber Awareness Act — Sponsored by Chairman Rubio and cosponsored by Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.), this bill would require the Small Business Administration (SBA) to develop a cyber strategy, examine its IT system components’ country of origin, and report on breaches and threats to the Small Business Committees. A one pager can be found here

Early indicators from a forthcoming NSBA survey show that 62 percent of small-businesses owners are very concerned that their business could be vulnerable to a cyber-attack. That same data suggests that more than one-in-three have been the victim of a cyber-attack. The most common type of cyber-attack, according to NSBA’s data, caused a service interruption or information falsely sent out under the businesses name. The time it takes to resolve these issues is significant as well, with one-in-four saying it took them more than 3 days to find a resolution.