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 had trouble with an agency or regulation, please feel free to share your story with the Committee.

Regulations to Watch:


Department of the Interior (DOI)

Regulatory Reform

The DOI has issued a request for public comment to identify regulations for repeal, replacement, or modification. Specifically, the agency is seeking comment on existing regulations that eliminate jobs, are outdated, impose costs that exceed benefits, or interfere with regulatory reform initiatives. This request for comment is in accordance with Executive Order 13777, "Enforcing the Regulatory Agenda." (PUBLISHED 6-22-2017)

IRFA - No 

Accepting comments on rolling basis: COMMENTS DUE

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) 

Identifying Regulatory Reform Initiatives

The USDA has issued a request for comment on regulations, guidance documents, or policy documents that are in need of reform, modification, or repeal. Specifically, the agency is seeking comment on regulations that eliminate jobs, are outdated, impose costs that are higher than benefits, or interfere with regulatory reform initiatives. The agency is also interested in the total compliance costs of USDA regulation on individual organizations. (PUBLISHED 7-17-2017)

IRFA - No

COMMENTS DUE 7-18-2018

Council on Environmental Quality

Update to the Regulations for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act

The Council on Environmental Quality has issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking regarding an update of regulations for the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act. The Council is seeking comments from the public regarding how the Council involves other government entities, how the process could be more efficient, how regulations could be revised to maximize interagency coordination, and other components of this update. (PUBLISHED 6-20-2018)

IRFA - No

COMMENTS DUE 7-20-2018


Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Problem Formulations for Risk Evaluations To Be Conducted Under Toxic Substances Control Act, and General Guiding Principles To Apply Systematic Review in TSCA Risk Evaluations

The EPA is taking comments on the problem formulation documents for the first 10 chemical substances undergoing risk evaluation under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The agency is specifically requesting comments that will assist with the draft risk evaluation documents for these 10 substances that include asbestos, bromopropane, and others. This request for comment is in accordance with TSCA's requirements that the EPA evaluate identified risks of existing chemical substances. (PUBLISHED 6-11-2018)

IRFA - No

COMMENTS DUE 7-26-2018

Rural Utilities Service, Department of Agriculture

Rural Broadband Access Loans and Loan Guarantees Program

The Rural Utilities Service is now accepting applications for fiscal year 2018 Rural Broadband Access Loans and Loan Guarantees Program. This loan program provides funds for the costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of products to provide broadband in rural areas. Loans under this authority must be between $100,000 and $25,000,000. (PUBLISHED 3-28-2018)

IRFA - No

Applications under this NOSA will be accepted immediately through September 30, 2018


Regulatory Resources:

The Regulatory Flexibility Act
Regulatory Agenda
Tips for Submitting Effective Comments