Magazine article The Small Business Advocate

March Roundtable Madness

Magazine article The Small Business Advocate

March Roundtable Madness

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In March, the Office of Advocacy hosted five roundtables on a range of matters that affect small businesses. Advocacy's roundtables facilitate dialogue between small businesses and government agencies. This month these exchanges concerned issues related to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Paperwork Reduction Act, the financial industry, employee benefit plans, and occupational health and safety. The roundtables are a key opportunity for small businesses to make their concerns known, and the range of matters discussed highlights the breadth of the issues Advocacy addresses.

On March 16, Advocacy hosted its environmental roundtable led by Assistant Chief Counsels Kevin Bromberg, David Rostker, and Sarah Bresolin Silver. The roundtable focused on chemicals in federal agency rulemakings and programs. Representatives from the American Chemistry Council, Regulatory Checkbook, and IPC discussed the anticipated EPA Confidential Business Information rulemaking. They also shared concerns about the Department of Health and Human Services' Report on Carcinogens, and provided an update on EPA's Chemical Data Reporting Rule. In attendance were small businesses, small business trade representatives, and staff from EPA and OMB.

On March 19, Advocacy hosted a roundtable to discuss the Paperwork Reduction Act and its benefits to small businesses. Assistant Chief Counsel David Rostker led the roundtable. Notably, discussion also focused on the Administrative Conference of the United States 's draft report and recommendations for reform of the Act.

Advocacy held a roundtable on March 20 on issues affecting the financial industry. Assistant Chief Counsel Jennifer Smith led the roundtable, and participants came from the banking, mortgage, settlement services, homebuilding, credit reporting, and financial services industries. …

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