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EPA Issues Proposed Rule Concerning Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products

Office of Advocacy - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:32am
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EPA Issues Proposed Rule Concerning Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products
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On June 10, 2013, EPA issued a proposed rule in the Federal Register concerning formaldehyde emissions standards for composite wood products. EPA has now reopened the comment period for 30 days for that standard and will hold a public meeting for April 28, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Public comments are now due May 8, 2014.

On June 10, 2013, EPA issued a proposed rule in the Federal Register concerning formaldehyde emissions standards for composite wood products.

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Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventative Controls for Food for Animals

Office of Advocacy - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 9:43am
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I am writing you for two reasons. First, I want to commend certain Food and Drug Administration (FDA) employees for the important contributions made by them during small business roundtables hosted by impacted industries designed to disseminate information and to answer questions on the Food Safety Modernization Act rules.  Secondly, I want to inform you of some small business concerns with the above-captioned rule.  It is my hope that the FDA will consider the affected industries’ comments and take them into consideration as the agency finalizes the proposed rule.
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4/9/14- Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 3:35pm
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Winslow Sargeant, Ph.D., Chief Counsel for Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship on the Office of Advocacy Fiscal Year 2015 Budget

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The Small Business Advocate - April 2014

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:17am

The April 2014 issue of The Small Business Advocate features a visit by Chief Counsel for Advocacy Dr.

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4/2/14- Ex Parte Communication; Revision of the Commission’s Program Access Rules

Office of Advocacy - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 11:35am
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On behalf of the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, I am writing to urge the Federal Communications Commission to move forward and strengthen protections for small multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) under the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992 (Cable Act) by finalizing certain revisions to the Commission’s Program Access Rules.  In light of increasing vertical integration between cable programmers and distributors, including the anticipated acquisition of Time Warner Cable by Comcast/NBCU, small MVPDs have asked Advocacy to raise their concerns regarding the FCC’s program access rules and support reasonable revisions that would better protect small MVPDs from discriminatory pricing in cable programming.  Printer Friendly Version

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Small Business Review Panel: Medium- and Heavy-Duty Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standard

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 3:23pm
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EPA is preparing to convene a Small Business Advocacy Review panel to provide input and recommendations for its upcoming proposed rule on Medium- and Heavy-Duty Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standard.  EPA seeks self-nominations directly from the small entities that may be subject to the rule requirements. Entities representing small entities may also serve.  Nominations are requested by April 16, 2014.

EPA is preparing to convene a Small Business Advocacy Review panel to provide input and recommendations for its upcoming proposed rule on Medium- and Heavy-Duty Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standard.&n

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Joint Working Group on Improving Cybersecurity and Resilience Through Acquisition

Office of Advocacy - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:59pm
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On February 12, 2013, the President issued an Executive Order for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (Executive Order

13636). In accordance with Section 8(e) of Executive Order 13636, the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Department of Defense

(DOD) submitted recommendations on the feasibility, security benefits, and relative merits of incorporating security standards into

acquisition planning and contract administration and addressing what steps can be taken to harmonize, and make consistent, existing

procurement requirements related to cybersecurity.  On January 23, 2014, the GSA and DOD posted the Final Report of the Joint Working Group on

Improving Cybersecurity and Resilience through Acquisition on the DOD and GSA Web sites. The report makes six (6) recommendations to improve

cybersecurity and resilience in Federal acquisitions. 

On February 12, 2013, the President issued an Executive Order for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (Executive O

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National Institute of Standards and Technology- Final Cybersecurity Framework

Office of Advocacy - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 9:48am
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On February 12, 2014, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published the Final Cybersecurity Framework. According to NIST, “the framework allows organizations—regardless of size, degree of cyber risk or cybersecurity sophistication—to apply the principles and best practices of risk management to improve the security and resilience of critical infrastructure.” 

On February 12, 2014, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published the Final Cybersecurity Framework.

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Advocacy 2014 Legislative Principles

Office of Advocacy - Thu, 03/13/2014 - 11:27am
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In this document, the Office of Advocacy outlines basic principles for improving the small business regulatory and economic landscape in America.

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Response Letter Dated 3/12/2014- The Honorable Mary L. Landrieu

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 03/12/2014 - 9:52am
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Comments and recommendations regarding current patent reform legislation pending in the United States Congress

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March 12, 2014

 

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Advocacy Report Outlines Removal of Regulatory Burdens on Small Business

Office of Advocacy - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 8:01am

WASHINGTON – Today, the Office of Advocacy, an independent office within the Small Business Administration, released its annual report entitled, Report on the Regulatory Flexibility Act F

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NLRB Re-Issues Regulations Governing Representation-Case Procedures

Office of Advocacy - Thu, 02/20/2014 - 3:32pm
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NLRB Re-Issues Regulations Governing Representation-Case Procedures
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On February 6, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board re-issued a proposal that would amend its rules and regulations governing the filing and processing of petitions relating to the representation of employees for purposes of collective bargaining with their employer.

On February 6, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board re-issued a proposal that would amend its rules and regulations governing the filing and processing of petitions relating to the representati

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An Exploration of Veteran Business Creation and Management Using the Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 02/19/2014 - 2:09pm
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A key purpose of this study is to provide important information about any differences in the experience of veterans and non-veterans in business creation and management and to assess whether such differences have changed over time.

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Comments on OHSA’s Proposed Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 02/12/2014 - 12:49pm
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The U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy (Advocacy) submits the following comments on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) Proposed Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule. OSHA’s proposed rule would establish a new permissible exposure limit (PEL) and action level for respirable crystalline silica and impose a host of ancillary requirements, such as exposure assessments, medical monitoring, engineering and work practice controls, personal protective equipment, respiratory protection (when engineering and work practice controls are insufficient to meet the PEL), training, and recordkeeping. A more detailed discussion of the proposed rule is provided below.

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IRS Issues Final Regs on Employer Shared Responsibility for Health Insurance Coverage

Office of Advocacy - Tue, 02/11/2014 - 10:16am
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On February 10, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued final regulations that provide guidance on large employers' shared responsibility for employee health insurance coverage under section 4980H of the Internal Revenue Code.  Under the final regs, the employer mandate will apply to employers with 100 or more full-time employees beginning January 1, 2015. The final rules will apply to midsize businesses with 50 to 99 full-time equivalent employees beginning January 1, 2016. Companies that have fewer than 50 employees are exempt from providing coverage or filling out any forms in any year.

On February 10, 2014, the Inte

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OSHA Extends Deadline for Crane Operator Certification

Office of Advocacy - Mon, 02/10/2014 - 3:56pm
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On February 10, 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a proposed rule that would extend the compliance date for construction crane operator certification, as well as the existing requirements for employers to ensure that their construction crane operators are qualified to operate the equipment, by three years from November 10, 2014 until November 10, 2017.  OSHA intends to address the issues of crane operator certification and safe operation in the interim.  Comments on the proposed rule are due to OSHA by March 12, 2014.

On February 10, 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a proposed rule that would extend the com

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Advocacy Study Finds No Direct Link between Credit Score and Discrimination

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:34pm

For Release: January 29, 2014                    

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Credit Scores and Credit Market Outcomes: Evidence from the Survey of Small Business Finances and the Kauffman Firm Survey

Office of Advocacy - Tue, 01/28/2014 - 2:55pm
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This report analyzes what factors, including business credit scores, may explain credit outcomes (approvals or denials) for small businesses. It further asks what role business credit scores might play in the credit outcomes of women- and minority-owned small businesses.

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