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The National Ombudsman: Protecting Small Businesses and Promoting Government Accountability

If you are a small business owner struggling to comply with a federal regulation, the Office of the National Ombudsman can help.

The Office of the national Ombudsman assists small businesses facing unfair or excessive federal regulatory compliance or enforcement issues such as repetitive audits or investigations, excessive fines, and retaliation.  As an impartial liaison, the Office of the National Ombudsman directs reported regulatory fairness matters to the appropriate federal agency for high-level fairness review and works across government to address those concerns, reduce regulatory burdens, and help small businesses succeed.

Congress established the Office of the National Ombudsman in 1996 as part of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA).  The Act ensures that small businesses, small government entities (population 50,000 or less), and small nonprofit organizations have a means to comment if they experience unfair regulatory enforcement actions by federal agencies.

Keep in mind – this process is not a substitute for any other action you may take regarding specific federal enforcement activity, so you should continue to pursue all legal and administrative remedies you believe are in your company’s best interest.

Contact info:

Phone: 888-734-3247 (888-REG-FAIR)

Email: ombudsman@sba.gov