Advocacy Fights for Regulatory Compliance, Continues to Offer Virtual Roundtables in FY 2023

SBA Number: 24-01 ADV

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Office of Advocacy’s (Advocacy) efforts at monitoring federal regulatory compliance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) resulted in 46 formal comment letters to agencies. The 46 letters represent a new high for the office and 5 regulatory changes over fiscal year (FY) 2023, demonstrating Advocacy’s commitment to regulatory compliance and the advantage of new communicative practices.

The Office of Advocacy has focused on recommending regulatory relief to aid small businesses while educating regulators on crafting rules that lower burdens on American small businesses. New procedures adapted during the pandemic led to 28 issue roundtables held online, increasing the quality and quantity of voices heard by the office. In addition, Advocacy staff provided RFA training to 139 federal officials in 9 agencies across the country.

Deputy Chief Counsel Major L. Clark said, “Advocacy has seen the quality of engagement with small businesses grow because of hosting our roundtables online. We will continue to offer this virtual option to expand our reach. Our continued efforts to reduce the regulatory burden on small businesses have paid dividends over the course of FY 2023, and we are confident they will continue to do so in the future.”

Advocacy’s new publication, “Report on the Regulatory Flexibility Act, FY 2023,” is now available.

Created by Congress in 1976, the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration is an independent voice for small business within the federal government. Appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, the Chief Counsel for Advocacy directs the office. The Chief Counsel advances the views, concerns, and interests of small business before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, federal courts, and state policymakers. Economic research, policy analyses, and small business outreach help identify issues of concern. Regional Advocates and an office in Washington, DC, support the Chief Counsel’s efforts. For more information on the Office of Advocacy, visit, or call (202) 205-6533.

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