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Advocacy Comments on Proposed Bull Trout Critical Habitat

On March 18, 2010, posted in: SBA by admin | Comments Off

On March 11 2010, the Office of Advocacy (Advocacy) filed comments with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) regarding its proposal to revise its critical habitat designation for Bull Trout.

Advocacy Comments on Proposed Bull Trout Critical Habita

On March 13, 2010, posted in: SBA by admin | Comments Off

On March 11 2010, the Office of Advocacy (Advocacy) filed comments with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) regarding its proposal to revise its critical habitat designation for Bull Trout.

On March 5, 2010 the Office of Advocacy sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) asking that the agency, as part of its developing the National Broadband Plan, look into the possibility of redefining/revising, in conjunction with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the telecommunication services size standards to better reflect current market conditions.

The March Small Business Advocate

On March 9, 2010, posted in: SBA by admin | Comments Off

The March 2010 edition of The Small Business Advocate features the new Advocacy report, “An Analysis of Small Business and Jobs.” It also reports on a comment letter to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

On February 24, 2010, as part of its small business outreach, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted on its web page its semi-annual regulatory plan for small busniess. The document contains a listing of 41 regulations that are expected to impact small businesses, and 26 regulations that are expected to have an undetermined impact on small entities. The FDA is seeking input/comment from small businesses likely affected by the rulemakings listed.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) proposes the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program to help ensure a level playing field for women-owned small businesses (WOSBs) to compete for federal contracting opportunities. This Proposed Rule identifies the eligible industries under the Program as those industries in which WOSBs are underrepresented or substantially underrepresented using either the numbers or the dollars approach. Submit comments by May 3, 2010.

Analysis of Small Business and Jobs

On March 3, 2010, posted in: SBA by admin | Comments Off

Over a recent 15-year period, small businesses created some 65 percent of the net new jobs in the private sector, according to conservative estimates cited in a new report, Analysis of Small Business and Jobs, from the SBA Office of Advocacy.

Over a recent 15-year period, small businesses created some 65 percent of the net new jobs in the private sector, according to conservative estimates cited in a new report, Analysis of Small Business and Jobs, from the SBA Office of Advocacy.

On February 12, the Department of Labor published the final rule regarding the H-2A program, which allows agricultural employers to hire temporary foreign workers during seasonal or peak times. The final rule reverses many provisions of the final H-2A rule that was released in December 2008. The rule changes the method for calculating the Adverse Effect Wage Rate (AEWR) to be paid to H-2A workers, which will result in an increase of $1.02 in hourly wages paid to H-2A workers. The rule also requires applicants to submit documentation that they have followed H-2A rule requirements, rather than attesting compliance. The final rule will also require employers to pay increased transportation expenses, visa expenses and border crossing fees. DOL has removed the proposal to include reforestation and pine straw industries to the H-2A program, pursuant to small business comments. This rule will become effective on March 15, 2010.

On February 19, 2010, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of
Advocacy (Advocacy) submitted comments to the Transportation Security
Administration (TSA) on TSA’s Proposed Aircraft Repair Station Security Rule.
Advocacy recommended that TSA clarify several provisions and consider
alternatives that would make the proposed rule less costly to small business.