April Small Business Advocate

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SBA Resumes Coronavirus Lending Programs

With the additional funding provided by the new COVID-19 relief package, SBA resumed accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications on April 27.  SBA has also resumed processing EIDL Loan and advance applications that were already in the queue on a first come, first-served basis.

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Advocacy Releases Regional Roundtable Report

This month, Advocacy released its updated report on its Regional Regulatory Reform initiatives. The report details the conversations Advocacy staff have had with small business owners over the past two years and lists information about regulatory burdens facing small businesses.

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Small Business Research Shows Severe Disruptions

Early economic data from the COVID-19 outbreak shows severe economic impacts for American small business. New business applications dropped by over 27% relative to the previous year. Additionally, over the last five weeks, unemployment claims soared over 24 million.

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Coronavirus-Related News

Updated Coronavirus Resources for Small Business

Advocacy has assembled resources from across the federal government to help small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

DOL Announces New Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Implementation

On April 1, the Department of Labor issued a temporary rule to implement the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, designed to reimburse employers for sick time related to COVID-19. 

DOD Pays Contractors Who Cannot Work Due to COVID-19

The Department of Defense issued a deviation to the Federal Acquisition Regulation and the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement that allows agencies to reimburse contractors who cannot operate due to COVID-19 related issues.

IRS Provides Guidance for Taxpayers with Net Operating Losses

The Internal Revenue Service issued guidance under the CARES Act for taxpayers with net operating losses, including relief programs and a six-month extension to file.

FCC Announces Telehealth Initiative

The Federal Communications Commission’s telehealth initiative provides $200 million in funding appropriated by Congress under the CARES Act to help healthcare providers with new telehealth programs.

SBA Publishes an Interim Final Rule on Paycheck Protection Program

On April 15, the Small Business Administration published an interim final rule for the implementation of the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program that provides forgiveness for qualified loans in order to provide economic relief to small businesses hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic. Comment deadline: May 15, 2020.

SBA Publishes Interim Final Rule on Eligibility of Affiliates for Paycheck Protection Program

On April 15, SBA published an interim final rule for the implementation of the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program regarding how affiliates will qualify for forgiveness for qualified loans. Comment deadline: May 15, 2020. 


Public Comments Filed

Advocacy Submits Comments on the OCC and the FDIC’s Joint Proposed Rule on the Community Reinvestment Act

On April 8, Advocacy submitted comments on the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s joint proposed rule on the Community Reinvestment Act, asking the agencies to consider less burdensome alternatives for small entities.

Regulatory Alerts

DOI Seeks Comments on Station-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations

The Department of Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service issued a proposed rule to open eight National Wildlife Refuges to hunting and sport fishing and is proposing opening or expanding these activities at additional Refuges. Comment deadline: June 8, 2020.

SEC Requests Comments on Facilitating Capital Formation in Private Markets

The Securities and Exchange Commission published an Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis for a proposed rule amending parts of the exempt offering framework to promote capital formation while preserving investor protections. Comments on how the rule would impact small entities are especially appreciated. Comment deadline: June 1, 2020.

EPA Publishes Draft Risk Evaluation for Asbestos and Schedules Public Peer Review Meetings

The Environmental Protection Agency announced they have published a draft risk evaluation for asbestos. The evaluation details the preliminary conclusions of the EPA regarding asbestos. Comment deadline: June 2, 2020.

DOI Seeks Comments on Two Proposed Rules to Allow Electric Bikes on Federal Lands

The Department of the Interior seeks comments on two proposed rules related to the use of electric bikes on National Wildlife Refuge Lands and National Park Service Systems. Comment deadline: June 8, 2020.

CPSC Seeks Comments on Safety Standards for Baby Crib Bumpers and Liners

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission requests comments on a proposed rule establishing safety standards for crib bumpers and liners. Comment deadline: June 17, 2020.

EPA Publishes First Set of Draft Scope Documents for Next Batch of High-Priority Chemicals

The Environmental Protection Agency published draft scope documents for 13 of 20 high-priority chemicals. The documents contain the factors the EPA will consider in evaluating the chemicals. Comment deadline: May 26, 2020.

FERC Seeks Comments on Revisions to Regulations for Electric Transmission Incentives Policies

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeks input on a proposed rule to revise existing regulations that implement section 219 of the Federal Power Act. Comment deadline: July 1, 2020.

Need Help With Regulatory Issues?

 

There are three main ways you can connect with Advocacy and share your concerns about regulatory burdens on small businesses:

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1) Fill Out This Form, share it with your small business colleagues, and submit to Advocacy.

 

2) Talk to Your Regional Advocate about the regulatory issues your small business is experiencing.

 

3) Check Out Advocacy's Publication, "A Basic Guide to Federal Rulemaking and Small Business" to learn how small business can get involved in the federal rulemaking process.