Magazine article The Small Business Advocate

New Year's Resolution: Make Small Business Voice Heard in Washington

Magazine article The Small Business Advocate

New Year's Resolution: Make Small Business Voice Heard in Washington

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As one year ends and a new year begins, many of us normally take time to reflect on the past. Today, I am only looking toward the future. I am humbled to begin my service as the seventh presidentially appointed and Senate-confirmed chief counsel for advocacy. The Office of Advocacy plays a pivotal role in the success of small businesses across America. The voice of small business can often be overshadowed in the regulatory process. For this reason, Advocacy is of the utmost importance. It is our duty to elevate small business concerns while ensuring that we continue to achieve regulatory goals.

Beginning my tenure as chief counsel for advocacy carries with it the legacies of those who have led before me. While recognizing that the task ahead may be difficult, I look forward to being a strong independent voice on behalf of small business. To this end, I will be evaluating areas for legislative improvements and finding avenues to strengthen the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA).

As the new chief counsel, I will continue to utilize the office's team of seasoned attorneys to stand strong for small business in the federal regulatory process. By involving Advocacy early in the rule writing process, federal regulators not only ensure that they are staying within the legal bounds of the RFA, but they can also provide less burdensome alternatives for small business while still achieving their regulatory goals. The continued training of regulatory agencies is also an integral part of Advocacy's mission, and one that I plan to emphasize. …

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