Ombudsman and Regulatory Fairness Boards

To serve the small business community by receiving comments from small businesses, small non-profit organizations or small government entities (representing less than 50,000 people) regarding unfair and/or excessive actions by Federal Agencies or Agency employees conducting compliance or enforcement

Agency - Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration maintains and strengthens the nation's economy by aiding, counseling, assisting and protecting the interests of small businesses and by helping families and businesses recover from national disasters.

Program Accomplishments

Presented in each annual report to Congress.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Received comments may be confidential or not and be discussed with appropriate Federal Agency personnel to seek a timely response to an excessive and/or unfair Federal regulatory issue.

Hold Hearings throughout the U. S. to receive testimony and commentary from small entities about unfair and/or excessive Federal regulatory enforcement actions.

Comments are also received online, by fax, mail or personal delivery.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Small businesses, small nonprofit organizations or small government entities (representing less than 50,000 people).

Beneficiary Eligibility

The Ombudsman's actions are designed to assist not only those who seek direct assistance but all other similarly situated small entities.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Submit SBA Form 1993.

Award Procedures

Not applicable.




Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, Public Law 104-121, (March 29, 1996); 5 U.S.C. 601 note; H.R. 3136.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not applicable.


As needed.


Not applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not applicable.

Post Assistance Requirements


Based upon substantiated comments received from small business concerns and the Boards, annually report to Congress and affected Federal Agencies evaluating the enforcement activities of Agency personnel, including a rating of the responsiveness to small business of the various regional and program offices of each agency.


Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $1,257,000; FY 08 $1,404,000; and FY 09 $1,527,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature /ombudsman.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Nicholas N. Owens, National Ombudsman, Office of the National Ombudsman, 409 Third Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20416.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.

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