Advocacy to Host Regulatory Roundtable in
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday July 13th, the Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration will host a roundtable in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The event will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the Best Western Plus.
Advocacy to Host Regulatory Roundtable in Boise, Idaho
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday July 11th, the Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration will host a roundtable in Boise, Idaho. The event will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the Riverside Hotel.
Advocacy Invites Small Businesses to Attend Louisiana Roundtables
U.S. Department of the Interior Requests Public Comment on its Review of Certain National Monuments Established since 1996
Pursuant to E.O. 13792 dated April 26, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Interior is requesting comments on the review of National Monuments that have been designated or expanded since 1996 under the Antiquities Act of 1906. The review will be used to determine whether each designation or expansion conforms to the requirements and original objectives of the Act, and appropriately balance the protection of landmarks against appropriate use of Federal lands.
The monuments currently under review include the following:
Pursuant to its “Plan for Retrospective Review of Existing Rules” the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) seeks public input on ways the Commission could reduce the burden of its existing rules, while still furthering its mission.
CPSC requests comments on several questions including the following:
Federal Recreation Council and Bureau of Economic Analysis Seek Feedback on Development of Statistics for Economic Activity in Outdoor Recreation Segment
The Federal Recreation Council (FRC) and the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) seek input from members of the public on how to define the outdoor recreation industry. The FRC is comprised of seven federal agencies including the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
On June 13, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) re-released proposed regulations that repeal the current rules governing partnership audits and replaces them with a new centralized partnership audit regime that generally assesses and collects tax at the partnership level. The proposed regs provide rules for partnerships subject to the new regime, including procedures for electing out of the centralized partnership audit regime, filing administrative adjustment requests, and the determination of amounts owed by the partnership or its partners attributable to adjustments that arise out
On June 7, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced the withdrawal of the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2015 and 2016 informal guidance on independent contractors and joint employment. Administrator’s Interpretation No. 2015-1 discussed the factors that make a worker an independent contractor or an employee, and under this guidance more workers were considered employees. Administrative Interpretation No.
On June 12, 2017, the Department of Labor released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing to rescind the final rule titled, “Interpretation of the `Advice' Exemption in Section 203(c) of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act.” “Persuader” activity pertains to labor-relations advice and services to influence employee unionizing and collective bargaining, and this rule expanded the type of activity that must be reported by employers and their outside consultants. This proposed rule was effective on April 15, 2016. However, the U.S.
Pursuant to Executive Order 13771, “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs” and Executive Order 13783, “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth”, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) is requesting information to assist in identifying existing regulations that should be modified or repealed.
DOE requests comments on several questions including the following:
Richard Apollo Fuhriman Appointed Small Business Advocate for Region 10
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Richard “Apollo” Fuhriman, an attorney and political activist, has joined the Office of Advocacy as the small business advocate for federal Region 10. In his new role, Fuhriman will be the direct link between the region’s small business owners, state and local government agencies, state legislators, small business associations and the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Federal Region 10 covers Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
Despite Smaller Size, Women-Owned Businesses Have a Significant Economic Impact
EPA’s Draft Guidance for Reporting of Chemical Substances When Manufactured or Processed as Nanoscale Materials
On May 16, EPA published a notice announcing the availability of and requesting public comment on the draft guidance document, entitled: “Guidance on EPA's Section 8(a) Information Gathering Rule on Nanomaterials in Commerce.” According to EPA, the guidance is intended to answer to questions the agency has received from manufacturers (includes importers) and processors of certain chemical substances when they are manufactured or processed at the nanoscale as described in a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register of January 12, 2017. The final rule requires one-time reporting for
Reopening of Comment Period: TSCA Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements; Standards for Small Manufacturers and Processors
On May 9, 2017, EPA published a notice to reopen the comment period for its previous notice, published on December 15, 2016, to request public comment on whether revision to the current size standards for small manufacturers and processors, which are used in connection with reporting regulations under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) section 8(a), is warranted.
Advocacy to Host Regulatory Roundtable in New Orleans, Louisiana
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday June 8th, the Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration will host a roundtable in New Orleans, Louisiana. The event will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the New Orleans Marriot on Canal Street.
Advocacy to Host Regulatory Roundtable in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday June 7th, the Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration will host a roundtable in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The event will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) Conference Center.
Advocacy Looking for Online Feedback on Regulation
On May 9, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a proposed rule relating to registration exemptions for investment advisers; the rule would amend the definition of a venture capital fund and the private fund adviser exemption in order to reflect changes made by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act of 2015.
Advocacy is involved in Regulatory Reform efforts underway as a result of two recent regulatory Executive Orders. Keep an eye on this page for updated information on Advocacy’s involvement in helping to reduce the regulatory burden on our nation’s small businesses.
Nancy Zurbuchen Appointed Small Business Advocate for Region 7
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Nancy Zurbuchen, a Missouri businesswoman, has been appointed small business advocate for federal Region 7. In this role, Zurbuchen will be the direct link between the region’s small business owners, state and local government agencies, state legislators, small business associations and the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Zurbuchen will be Advocacy’s eyes and ears in Region 7, which covers Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri.