Borrowing from CPR Playbook, Small Business Administration Brings New 'Win-Win' Approach to Regulations

by James Goodwin | July 05, 2018

When it comes to regulatory protections for health, safety, and the environment, the Small Business Administration (SBA) and its Office of Advocacy don't always put the public interest first. Falling in line with industry and small-government conservatives, it often opposes public protections, particularly where small businesses are concerned. So I was delighted to see a faint ray of sensibility peek through the SBA's usual anti-safeguard cloud last week when it issued a press release announcing its collaboration with a professional organization of accountants to help promote regulatory compliance assistance for small businesses. 

The SBA is a government agency that helps support the formation and growth of small businesses in the United States, relying on various programs such as subsidized loans and government contracting preferences. The Office of Advocacy is a semi-autonomous bureau located within SBA that is charged with advocating for the interests of small businesses in the regulatory process. As CPR Member Scholars and staff have meticulously documented over the last several years, though, the approach that the SBA and its Office of Advocacy take on regulatory issues is flawed in theory and woeful in practice. 

To be sure, small businesses are disproportionately impacted by regulations, given their inability to spread compliance costs across their business activities, relative to the larger firms they compete against. To deal with this issue, there is a right way, a wrong way, and the "wrongest way." Unfortunately, ...

Refinery Rule Returned to EPA for Additional 'Analysis': How Big Oil, OIRA, and the SBA Office of Advocacy Teamed Up to Delay Progress

by Rena Steinzor | March 19, 2013
On Friday, the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) returned a proposed rule on air pollution standards for oil refineries to EPA, insisting that the agency complete “additional analysis” before moving forward. EPA’s efforts to reduce hazardous pollutants from these facilities will be delayed for months or likely years.  And that additional analysis?  OIRA won’t even say what it’s for.  “Trust us” is not the most reassuring government transparency. EPA was proposing to revise the emissions standards for ...

Steinzor Testifies this Morning on Benefits of Regulation, Role of SBA's Office of Advocacy

by Matthew Freeman | March 14, 2013
This morning, CPR President Rena Steinzor testifies before the House Committee on Small Business's Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations. From the witness list, it would appear that this'll be another in a series of hearings structured by House Republicans to inveigh against the regulations that protect Americans from a variety of hazards in the air we breathe, water we drink, places we work, products we buy, food we eat, and more. If history is any guide, most of the testimony ...

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