Ombudsman and Regulatory Fairness Boards

To assure equity and fairness in federal regulation of small business by receiving comments from small businesses, small non-profit organizations or small government entities (representing less than 50,000 people) regarding regulatory compliance and enforcement involving Federal Agencies or Agency employees;
to ease undue compliance burdens for small business by: (a) facilitating independent, high-level Agency reviews of compliance or enforcement activities against small businesses and (b) promoting access to compliance assistance resources available from Federal Agencies.

Agency - Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration maintains and strengthens the nation's economy by aiding, counseling, assisting and protecting the interests of small businesses and by helping families and businesses recover from national disasters.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

See Appendix IV of the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance under Small Business Administration.

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Comments received by the Office of the National Ombudsman are confidential and when authorized by the commenter, they are forwarded to the appropriate senior level Federal Agency Personnel to obtain a timely review and response to an excessive and/or unfair Federal regulatory issue.

Public Regulatory Fairness Hearings and other outreach events are held throughout the U. S. to receive testimony and commentary from small entities about unfair and/or excessive Federal regulatory enforcement actions and burdensome regulations.

Cases are filed online, by fax, mail or personal delivery.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Small businesses, small nonprofit organizations or small government entities (representing less than 50,000 people).

Beneficiary Eligibility

The Ombudsman's actions assist those who individually seek assistance as well as other similarly-situated small entities.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Submit SBA Form 1993.

Award Procedures

Not applicable.


Not Applicable.


Small Business Act, Section 30 (15 U.S.C. 657) , Public Law 104-121.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.


As needed.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not applicable. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: This program does not issue funds.

Post Assistance Requirements


Additional information available on SBA's website at

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Standard audit procedures. This program does not make Federal awards.


Not applicable.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Investigation of Complaints) FY 16 Not Available; FY 17 Estimate Not Available; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Additional information available at

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See Appendix IV of the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance under Small Business Administration.

Headquarters Office

Elahe Zahirieh 409 3rd Street, SW 3rd Floor , Washington, DC, District of Columbia 20416 Email: Phone: 202-205-6499

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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