SBA Office of Advocacy DOE Modifications to Test Procedure Interim Waiver Process Teleconference, June, 26, 2019

The U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Advocacy will be hosting a teleconference to discuss the Department of Energy’s proposed rule on modifications to the interim waiver process for test-procedures at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. Teleconference participation details will be provided upon receipt of RSVP. RSVPs should be sent to The purpose of the teleconference will be to gather specific small business input and comments on the proposed rule. Agency Staff from the U.S. Department of Energy will also be in attendance.  Parties interested in presenting oral comments during the teleconference should indicate this in their RSVP.


2:30 p.m. – 2:35 p.m.                   Introduction and Background

Prianka Sharma, Assistant Chief Counsel, SBA Office of Advocacy
Staff, U.S. Department of Energy- Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (Invited)

2:35 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.                   Input from Interested Small Entity Stakeholders

*Please note that pursuant to the Department of Energy’s ex parte rules, comments provided during the teleconference will be summarized and added to the official docket for this rulemaking. They will not however, substitute for written comments directly from interested parties. Advocacy encourages those entities specifically interested in this rulemaking to provide both oral and written comments.

Roundtable meetings are open to all interested persons, with the exception of the press, in order to facilitate open and frank discussion about the impacts of Federal regulatory activities on small entities.   Agendas and presentations are available to all, including the press. Anyone who wants to receive roundtable agendas or presentations, or to be included in the distribution list, should forward such requests to  The purpose of these Roundtable meetings is to exchange opinions, facts and information and to obtain the attendees’ individual views and opinions regarding small business concerns.  The meetings are not intended to achieve or communicate any consensus positions of the attendees.

Small Business Energy Roundtable

Issue for Discussion

June 26, 2019

Request for Comments on DOE’s Proposed Rule on Modifications to Test-Procedure Wavier Process

On May 1, 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (DOE) published a proposed rule to streamline the decision-making process for granting test procedure waivers.

The rule as proposed would require the Department to notify, in writing, an applicant of the disposition within 30 business days of receipt of the application. If the agency fails to do so, the interim waiver would be deemed granted. The agency is requesting comments on these and other proposed modifications.

Written comments are due by July 1, 2019.