National Regulatory Fairness Hearing Scheduled

March 27, 2015

pic-capitol-clouds The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) National Ombudsman Brian Castro and the Region III Regulatory Fairness Board will hold a national hearing on Monday, April 27 in Washington, D.C.

This is an opportunity for them to hear testimony from small-business owners, representatives of trade associations, and other members of the small-business community regarding federal regulations and enforcement and compliance actions impacting America’s small businesses.

When small businesses confront unfair enforcement actions, excessive fines, retaliation, or disproportionately burdensome regulations involving federal agencies, the Office of the National Ombudsman provides an independent channel for reporting the problem, as well as high-level review of the issue, and an impartial liaison between the business and the agency in question. The role of the Office of the National Ombudsman is to work with its federal agency partners to address these concerns, reduce regulatory burdens, and help small businesses grow.

Details regarding the hearing are listed below:

Where: 901 E Street, NW
(enter the building on 9th Street, NW, between E and F Streets, NW)
The Americas Room
Washington, DC 20004
When: Monday, April 27, 2015
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EDT – Registration
1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT – Hearing

Small-business owners, business organizations, trade associations, chambers of commerce, related organizations, and media are encouraged to attend, and all those in attendance must enter the building on 9th Street, NW, between E and F Streets, NW, with a valid photo identification.

RSVPs should be made to José Méndez, Case Management Specialist, Office of the National Ombudsman at (202) 205-2417 or by email at ombudsman-events@sba.gov by April 20, 2015.

Those wishing to testify must register and provide written statements in advance. Anyone desiring confidentiality may request that his or her name not be released and may submit written testimony in lieu of a public appearance at the hearing.