SBA’s ombudsman can simplify fed agency problems
WASHINGTON – May 28, 2014 – The Office of the National Ombudsman helps small businesses that are facing unfair or excessive federal regulatory compliance or enforcement issues, such as repetitive audits or investigations, excessive fines or retaliation.
As an impartial liaison under the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Office of the National Ombudsman directs regulatory concerns to the appropriate federal agency for a high-level fairness review. It then helps to address those concerns, reduce regulatory burdens, and help small businesses succeed.
Congress established the Office of the National Ombudsman in 1996 as part of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act. The Act ensures that businesses, small government entities and small nonprofit organizations have a means to comment if they experience unfair regulatory enforcement actions by federal agencies.
The National Ombudsman's efforts can help any small business, non-profit organization, or small government entity (population 50,000 or less) with a comment or complaint that directly involves a federal agency or federal regulation.
Steps for filing a compliant or comment with the National Ombudsman's Office
1. Visit www.sba.gov/ombudsman/comment
2. Complete the form as instructed:
3. Submit the form directly online or download the form and submit it by email, fax or regular mail:
Mail: U.S. Small Business Administration Office of the National Ombudsman 409 3rd St, S.W. Washington, DC 20416
SBA says the Ombudsman process isn't a substitute for any other action, "so you should continue to pursue all legal and administrative remedies you believe are in your company's best interest."
Questions about the complaint process may be directed to the National Ombudsman at (888) 734-3247 or via the email above.
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