Regulatory Watch


Background

Government regulations and red tape can be a tremendous barrier to small business growth. Small businesses' regulatory compliance costs are 36 percent higher than large businesses so it is no surprise that regulations consistently rank as a top concern for small business owners. Roughly 3,300 regulations are in the pipeline this year and many of them will affect small businesses. 

Below are regulatory proposals that have been published in the Federal Register and are open for public comment. An agency publishes an initial regulatory flexibility analysis (IRFA) with a proposed rule if it expects that the rule will have a significant economic impact on substantial number of small businesses. The IRFA provides information about the potential effects of the proposed rule on small businesses.  

Agencies' initial analyses of small business impacts are not always correct or complete, so the Committee on Small Business encourages small businesses to file comments through the government's online portal, Regulations.gov, and tell federal agencies how the regulatory proposal will affect them. If you provide input to an agency, please feel free to share your concerns with the Committee through our Open Mic page.



PROPOSED REGULATIONS   

Guidance to Implement Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order
 
Department of Labor (DOL)

The DOL has issued proposed guidance to assist federal agencies in implementing Executive Order (E.O.) 13673 that requires contractors seeking federal government contracts worth more than $500,000 to disclose violations of 14 labor laws and Executive Orders, as well as equivalent state laws, during the preceding three years.  Small prime contractors and subcontractors would be required to report this information to contracting agencies which will use the information to determine whether or not to deny contracting opportunities to companies.  The guidance was published simultaneously with the proposed rule issued by the Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to implement the E.O.  (Published 5-28-2015)

IRFA NO I COMMENTS DUE 8-26-2015

 Implementation of Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

Department of Defense (DOD),General Services Administration (GSA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

The DOD, GSA and NASA have issued a proposed rule to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation to implement Executive Order 13673 that requires contractors seeking federal government contracts worth more than $500,000 to disclose violations of 14 labor laws and Executive Orders, as well as equivalent state laws, during the preceding three years.  Thousands of small businesses that are doing or would like to do business with the federal government as contractors or subcontractors would face costly new reporting and recordkeeping requirements and could be negatively affected if they are denied contracting opportunities.   The proposed was published simultaneously with the guidance issued by the Department of Labor to implement the E.O.    (Published 5-28-2015)

IRFA YES I COMMENTS DUE 8-26-2015


Regulatory Resources:


The Regulatory Flexibility Act
Regulatory Agenda
Tips for Submitting Effective Comments