House Small Business Committee

Chairman Chabot Applauds E&W Hearing on Expanded Joint Employer Standard

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 12:00am

WASHINGTON - Today, the Education and the Workforce Committee held a hearing to examine how small businesses have been negatively affected by the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) expanded joint employer standard put into place during the Obama Administration.

“For over two years, small businesses have been telling us that the Obama-era changes to joint employer standard were bad news, now we have even more proof. The rule has harmed the small business owner’s ability to hire more workers, or even to open a new business in the first place,” said House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH).

The House Committee on Small Business has been active on this issue since it arose in 2015. The Committee held a roundtable in April 2015 and then in March 2016 held a hearing on the issue entitled, “Risky Business: Effects of new Joint Employer Standards for Small Firms” to examine how the expanded rule impacted small businesses. The Committee found that the new standard led many large companies to either assert more control over small businesses they contract with or end business relationships entirely.

“Today’s Education and the Workforce hearing builds on the groundwork our Committee laid over the past two years and it is good to know that House Republican Leadership is continuing to fight unnecessary and burdensome regulations at every turn,” Chairman Chabot added.

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Small Business Committee Pleased with Progress at SBA’s Office of Chief Information Officer

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 12:00am

WASHINGTON – Today, the House Small Business Committee held a hearing to examine whether the Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) is running efficiently and effectively.

Over the years, SBA’s Office of the Chief Information Officer has struggled to fulfill its most important functions, including to conduct effective oversight over the agency’s IT investments and IT security. Government watchdogs have issued numerous reports outlining the OCIO’s many failures and flaws. 

“Unfortunately, the Office of the Chief Information Officer has struggled over the past several years.  It has experienced high turnover at the Chief Information Officer position—SBA is on its eighth CIO since 2005,” said House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH).

“Under new leadership, the Committee is pleased to learn how the current CIO, Ms. Roat, is working to improve the Office of the Chief Information Officer and better fulfill SBA’s important mission. From what the Committee has seen and heard so far, Ms. Roat is trying to strengthen the leadership and voice of her office,” added Chairman Chabot.

Maria Roat, Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Small Business Administration said this during the hearing, “It is necessary to pivot OCIO from a reactive, fire-fighting, technical support operation to a more proactive services organization that is innovative and responsive to the business and technology needs of SBA’s mission. After I arrived, the OCIO began moving aggressively to address its network, systems, and applications and overall operational challenges, move its primary data center to the cloud, address security deficiencies and decrease its personnel vacancy rate.”

You can view the full video of today’s hearing HERE and read the full witness testimony HERE.

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Small Business Committee Requests a Briefing about Recent CFPB Rulemaking Actions

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 12:00am

WASHINGTON – House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) sent a letter yesterday to the Honorable Richard Cordray, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), requesting a briefing on the CFPB’s recent rulemaking actions.

“Small business owners frequently raise concerns to the Committee about the challenges of access to capital and how it prohibits job creation and business expansion. As Congress looks for ways to create an environment for small businesses to flourish, the Committee is wary of increased reporting requirements and onerous regulations, which acutely impact small businesses,” said House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH).

In light of concerns that CFPB’s actions may be harming small businesses, the Committee is seeking details about CFPB’s request for information regarding Section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Act as well as the manner in which CFPB conducted certain Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) panels.

The full text of the letter can be found HERE.

Chairman Chabot Welcomes Rep. Ralph Norman to the Small Business Committee

House Small Business Committee News - Mon, 07/10/2017 - 12:00am

WASHINGTON – Today, House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) announced that Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) has joined the House Small Business Committee.

“As a real estate developer, former state lawmaker, and lifelong South Carolinian, Ralph will be an invaluable asset to the Small Business Committee as we continue to fight for America’s 29 million small businesses,” said Chairman Chabot. “His pro-small business record is strong and his real-world experience will be an asset. We look forward to his expertise on the committee.”

After being named to the Committee, Norman said, “I’m excited to be named to the Small Business Committee in Congress. I’ve run a small business for over 40 years and I understand the best way to help small businesses is to create an environment for them to flourish - cutting taxes and burdensome government regulations. I look forward to using my experience in the private sector to serve on this Committee and fight for small businesses.” 

Rep. Ralph Norman represents South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District and was appointed to the Small Business Committee on June 27, 2017. He will serve on the Subcommittee on Contracting and the Workforce and the Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations. 

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