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Consumer Product Safety Commission Seeks Comment on Its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Safety Standards for Portable Generators

Office of Advocacy - Tue, 12/06/2016 - 12:10pm

On November 21, 2016, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a notice of proposed rulemaking on Safety Standards for Portable Generators. The proposed regulation aims to lower the unreasonable risk of injury and death due to CO emissions by setting specific CO emissions guidelines. The rule would require that portable generators powered by handheld spark-ignition (SI) engines of various classes fall within specific CO emissions rates. The CPSC has concluded that the rule will have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities.

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IRS Proposes Rules on LIFO Pooling

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 12:18pm

IRS Proposes Rules on LIFO Pooling

On November 28, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed rules relating to the establishment of dollar-value last-in, first-out (LIFO) inventory pools by certain taxpayers that use the inventory price index computation (IPIC) pooling method. The proposed regulations provide that when the IPIC pooling method is used, purchased inventory goods and produced inventory goods may not be included in the same IPIC LIFO pool.

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FY 2017 Verification and Validation Forms

Office of Advocacy - Mon, 11/28/2016 - 3:45pm

View supporting documentation for performance indicators.

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FY 2016 Verification and Validation Forms

Office of Advocacy - Mon, 11/28/2016 - 3:10pm

View supporting documentation for performance indicators.

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Court Enjoins Implementation of Overtime Regulation

Office of Advocacy - Mon, 11/28/2016 - 9:16am

Court Enjoins Implementation of Overtime Regulation

On May 23, 2016, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division published a final rule in the Federal Register that updated the Overtime Regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), specifically the exemptions for executive, administrative and professional employees.  The final rule implemented a 2014 Presidential Memorandum directing the Department to update and modernize these regulations.  

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Court Enjoins Implementation of Fair Pay Regulation

Office of Advocacy - Thu, 11/03/2016 - 11:11am

On August 25, 2016, the FAR Council published the final Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces final rule in the Federal Register.  The Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs also issued guidance to accompany this rule. This final rule implemented E.O. 13673, which was intended to promote contracting efficiency by improving contractor compliance with basic labor standards during the performance of Federal contracts. The final rule contained an effective date of October 25, 2016. 

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Advocacy Background Paper 2009-2016

Office of Advocacy - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 11:12am

This Background Paper on the Office of Advocacy is a resource for stakeholders that includes a history of Advocacy and provides extensive reference materials. It is the most comprehensive single publication on the office and includes important new legislation, Executive Orders and special initiatives, with a focus on the accomplishments of the office from 2009 - 2016.

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Minority-Owned Businesses Remained Resilient During Recession

Office of Advocacy - Tue, 10/11/2016 - 1:22pm

Minority-Owned Businesses Remained Resilient During Recession

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today’s issue brief, Minority Business Ownership: Data from the 2012 Survey of Business Owners by Regulatory Economist Michael McManus, analyzes the data collected from minority business owners through the Census 2012 Survey of Business Owners. After taking a closer look at the five years enveloping the economic recession, McManus discovered that minority-owned businesses helped keep the US economy alive despite traditional setbacks.

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Role of Immigrant Entrepreneurs Growing In America

Office of Advocacy - Thu, 10/06/2016 - 10:42am

For Release: October 6, 2016
SBA Number: 16-10 ADV 

Contact: Elle Patout
Elle.Patout@sba.gov

 

Role of Immigrant Entrepreneurs Growing In America

 

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Extension of Comment Period – Horse Protection; Licensing of DQPs and Other Amendments

Office of Advocacy - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 12:25pm

On September 19, 2016, the Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) extended the public comment period by 30 days for its proposed rule, “Horse Protection; Licensing of Designated Qualified Persons and Other Amendments.”  The proposed rule would transfer responsibility for training, licensing, and monitoring third-party, independent inspectors (known as “Designated Qualified Persons” or DQPs) to APHIS and would create additional licensing eligibility requirements for DQPs.

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NOAA Proposes Protective Regulations for Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins

Office of Advocacy - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 12:23pm

On August 24, 2016, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has proposed a regulation under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) to prohibit swimming with and approaching Hawaiian spinner dolphins within 50 yards.  The proposed rule would apply to activities within 2 nautical miles (nm) of the Hawaiian Islands and in the waters between the islands of Lanai, Maui, and Kahoolawe.  In addition, the proposed rule would prohibit approach by interception.

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Traditional Lending for Small Business on the Decline: What about Alternative Finance?

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 09/07/2016 - 9:51am

For Release: September 7, 2016

SBA Number: 16-08 ADV

Contact: Elle Patout

Elle.Patout@sba.gov

 

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USCIS Proposes Rule to Allow Parole or Temporary Status to International Entrepreneurs

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 08/31/2016 - 12:19pm

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is proposing a new rule which would allow international entrepreneurs to be considered for parole or temporary permission to be in the United States. Entrepreneurs may be granted an initial stay of two years, and seek a subsequent request for re-parole for up to three additional years.  USCIS welcomes public comment on the numbers and types of small businesses that may be impacted by this rule, the compliance costs of this rule, and any potential alternatives that may minimize the compliance costs of this rule. 

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