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.
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.
Small businesses, small nonprofit organizations or small government entities (representing less than 50,000 people).
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
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
Submit SBA Form 1993.
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
Formula and Matching Requirements
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
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.
FY 07 $1,257,000; FY 08 $1,404,000; and FY 09 $1,527,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
Regional or Local Office
Nicholas N. Owens, National Ombudsman, Office of the National Ombudsman, 409 Third Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20416.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
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