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Released: March 27, 2014

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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action.
See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 27, 2014

REMINDER TO SMALL BUSINESSES: SBA’S OFFICE OF THE NATIONAL

OMBUDSMAN IS AVAILABLE TO ASSIST WITH FEDERAL ENFORCEMENT

MATTERS

Washington, DC-- The FCC wishes to remind small entities that the Office of the National
Ombudsman, within the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), is available to assist small
entities with federal agency enforcement and compliance matters. Created by the Small Business
Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (SBREFA),1 the Ombudsman’s Office and ten
regional Small Business Regulatory Fairness Boards (“RegFair Boards”) facilitate meaningful
dialogue between the agencies and small entities.
One avenue for assistance is the Ombudsman’s written comment procedure. Using a one-page
Federal Agency Appraisal Form, a small business may submit to the Ombudsman’s Office any
complaints, suggestions, or compliments concerning a federal agency’s enforcement action. The
Ombudsman then forwards this form, along with any additional documentation, to the agency for
review. You may obtain additional information on this process, as well as on the RegFair
hearing process, by contacting the Ombudsman’s Office at the numbers given below.
The FCC also notes that small businesses may request expedited treatment of an enforcement
action against them where they believe that delay may threaten the economic viability of the
business.
Last, the Ombudsman’s Office has asked all agencies to make clear that, if a small entity
requests Ombudsman assistance on a matter, the agency will not retaliate in response. The FCC
is pleased to make this point clear, as we welcome the sort of constructive comment that can
result from coordination among the FCC, the Ombudsman’s Office, and small entities.
For further information concerning the written comment procedure for small businesses, contact
Karen Beverly of the Office of Communications Business Opportunities, (202) 418-0993,
Karen.Beverly@fcc.gov . For more information about the SBA‘s Office of the National
Ombudsman (ONO) visit www.sba.gov/ombudsman .To contact the SBA’s ONO: toll free,
(888)-REG-FAIR (888-734-3247); www.regfair@sba.gov">www.regfair@sba.gov or www.sba.gov/regfair.

- FCC -

1 See 15 U.S.C. § 657. SBREFA is Title II of the Contract With America Advancement Act of 1996, Pub. L. No.
104-121, 110 Stat. 847 (1996), which amended the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980, 5 U.S.C. § 601 et seq.

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