NSBA Members Testify at SBA Reg Fairness Hearing

April 29, 2015

stk318013rknThe U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) National Ombudsman Brian Castro and the Region 3 Regulatory Fairness Board held a national hearing on Monday, April 27 in Washington, D.C.

The National Ombudsman convenes regulatory fairness hearings and roundtables across the country 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.

Monday’s hearing featured, in addition to National Ombudsman Brian Castro, two NSBA board members: Marilyn D. Landis, who serves on the SBA Region 3 Regulatory Fairness Board and is a past-chair of NSBA; and Michael Mitternight, who serves on the SBA Region 6 Regulatory Fairness Board and is the current board secretary for NSBA.

Comments and concerns raised at the hearing will be directed to the appropriate federal agency for a fairness review. Additional information about the National Ombudsman can be found here and a list of its upcoming events here.