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Advocacy Submits Letter to APHIS on Implementation of Revised Lacey Act Provisions

On July 1, Advocacy sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), encouraging a delay on enforcement of Phase VI of the import declaration requirements under the Lacey Act in response to the COVID pandemic. Additionally, Advocacy encouraged APHIS to clarify their requirements and eliminate duplicates.

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Advocacy Submits Comments on Migratory Bird Permits to Fish and Wildlife Service

On July 20, Advocacy sent a letter to the Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service regarding their plan to establish a new permit for the management of double-crested cormorant. Advocacy encourages an alternative which would enact both state and Tribal permits and an aquaculture depredation order.


Minority-Owned Employer Businesses Credit Market Experiences In 2017

Using 2017 Federal Reserve survey data, this study evaluates financing patterns and experiences by small business owner race and ethnicity.  Much like previous research, this study finds disparities in credit outcomes persisted for minority-owned businesses, who are more likely to have been denied credit.


Regulatory Alerts

Labor Department Requests Information on Paid Leave and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

On July 16 and 17, DOL released two requests for information seeking feedback on paid leave and the Family Medical Leave Act. Comments due September 14, 2020.

Food and Drug Administration Issues Draft Guidance on Cannabis and Cannabis-Derived Compounds

On July 22, FDA released draft guidance on cannabis and cannabis derived products. Additionally, FDA seeks comments on the draft guidance. Comments due September 21, 2020.

Department of Energy Requests Information on Energy Industry Practices Related to Mitigation of Vulnerabilities in Bulk-Power System Supply Chain

On July 18, DOE published a request for information on energy industry practices related to the bulk-power system supply chain. Comments due August 24, 2020.

Small Business Administration Proposes New Community Advantage Recovery Loans

On July 15, SBA published a notice on the establishment of a new, temporary Community Advantage loan, designed for small businesses in underserved areas who need assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The loans will be available through September 27, 2020. Comments on the program due August 14, 2020.

News From Advocacy

New Federal Acquisition Regulation Council Rule Limits Federal Acquisition from Chinese Providers

On July 10, the FAR Council issued an interim rule restricting federal agencies from using products and services from Chinese companies like Huawei or ZTE. The move is part of a broader federal policy targeted toward sanctioning Chinese telecommunications companies.

Resources for Small Businesses in Response to the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic

Advocacy maintains a page with federal resources for small businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check this page for updates in federal policy.

More Regulatory Alerts

Interim Final Rule on High-Wage Components of the Labor Value Content Requirements Under the USMCA Implementation Act

On July 1, the Department of Labor released an Interim Final Rule regarding trade rules designed to increase automobile labor wages. Comments due August 31, 2020.

Department of Interior Seeks Comments to Inform Environmental Assessment for Candidate Conservation Agreement for The Dunes Sagebrush Lizard

On July 16, 2020, the DOI’s Fish and Wildlife Service requested comments related to an environmental assessment for the dunes sagebrush lizard, found in six Texas counties. Comments due August 17, 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.