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Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) - The Regulatory Flexibility Act requires federal agencies to review regulations for their impact on small businesses and consider less burdensome alternatives.
- RFA Annual Report
- RFA: An Implementation Guide for Federal Agencies
-Memorandum to Head of Federal Agencies
- Small Business Friendly Legislation: A Model for the States
-The Facts About Small Business Friendly Legislation
- Court Cases Citing (Shepardizing) the RFA
Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) - The Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 provides new avenues for small businesses to participate in and have access to the federal regulatory arena.
- Summary of SBREFA
- Legislative History
- Small Business Advocacy Review Panels
- Summary of OSHA Review Panels
- Summary of EPA Review Panels
Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. Subchapter II) - The Administrative Procedure Act sets out the basic guidelines by which Federal Agencies promulgate Regulations.
Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) - The EAJA provides for the awarding of attorney’s fees in cases where inappropriate or unwarranted actions were taken by the federal government against an individual.
Unfunded Mandates Reform Act - The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act provides that each bill must be analyzed for its impact on local government and other entities before it can be voted on. In this way, its impact is known to the legislators before they impose it.
Paperwork Reduction Act 0f 1980- The Paperwork Reduction Act requires all proposed regulations to be analyzed for the paperwork that they require and that paperwork be reduced to a minimum. A regulation which creates a new paperwork requirement must be cleared by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Small Business Paperwork Relief Act of 2002 - This law institutes a process to make paperwork reduction a serious, ongoing effort and introduces measures to make it easier for small businesses to comply with the law. The law:
- requires the Office of Management and Budget to publish an annual list of compliance assistance resources available to small businesses in the Federal Register and on the Internet;
- requires each federal agency to establish one point of contact to act as a liaison for small businesses and to make efforts to further reduce paperwork requirements for businesses with fewer than 25 employees;
- establishes an interagency taskforce to recommend improvements in information collection and dissemination; and
- requires agencies to report on their enforcement actions against small businesses and penalty reductions in such actions to Congress and the Small Business and Agricultural Regulatory Ombudsman so that they can monitor the regulatory burden reduction efforts of the Agencies.
Executive Order 12866 - provides guidelines for a detailed analysis of regulations that will have over $100 million impact and other types of significant regulations. Agencies are required to analyze the impact of regulations, and propose alternatives in a report that is reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
- Summary of the Executive Order
- Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Guide to Economic Analysis
Executive Order 13272 - requires federal agencies to better asses the impact that their proposed regulations will have on small entities. The requirements of the executive order are designed to strengthen the current requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) and to allow Advocacy to participate as early as possible in the rulemaking process when small business impact is at issue.
- Memorandum to Heads of Federal Agencies
- The Facts About the Executive Order
- Additional guidance on the Executive Order
MOU with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) - the objective of the MOU is to assist OSHA in its efforts to reach small business as it develops new industry specific ergonomic guidelines. Industry- and task-specific guidelines are a key component of OSHA's program of addressing ergonomics in the workplace with outreach and education.
MOU with the Office of the National Ombudsman - the objectives are to establish an information sharing process to ensure that small business complaints, comments or concerns are handled by the appropriate office and to establish guidance for dissemination of information to small businesses and Federal agencies explaining the statutory responsibilities of both offices.
MOU with the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) - the objectives of the MOU are to establish an information sharing process between Advocacy and OIRA when a draft rulemaking is likely to impact small entities; to establish Advocacy guidance for Federal agencies on the requirements of the RFA; and to establish training for Federal agencies on compliance with the RFA.
- September 2000 - Regulatory Flexibility Act: Implementation in EPA Programs Office and Proposed Lead Rule
- April 1999 - Regulatory Flexibility Act: Agencies' Interpretation of Review Requirements Vary
- March 1998 - Implementation of the SBREFA Panel Requirements
- February 1998 - Regulatory Reform: Agencies' Section 610 Review Notices Often Did Not Meet Statutory Requirements