Office of Advocacy Hearing

April 6, 2022

On Wednesday, April 6, the House Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Underserved, Agricultural, and Rural Business Development held a hearing to review the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy. The hearing’s purpose was to evaluate the Office of Advocacy’s efforts over the last few years and provide Members insight into Advocacy’s operations, responsibilities, and how Congress can better support its mission. 

The SBA Office of Advocacy is critical in ensuring small business has a say in federal regulations and has saved small businesses millions of dollars in regulatory burden. Unfortunately, the position leading the Office of Advocacy, the Chief Counsel, has been vacant for years. There has not been a nomination made by the administration to serve as Chief Counsel, meaning the Senate has been unable to confirm someone to lead this critical office. 

NSBA is urging all small businesses to weigh-in with lawmakers and ask them to seek a nominee and prompt confirmation for Chief Counsel.