SBA’s newly appointed National Ombudsman

Release Date: 
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Release Number: 
Terry Sutherland (202) 205-6919

WASHINGTON Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced today that Earl L. Gay will serve as SBA’s National Ombudsman and Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Enforcement Fairness.

In Gay’s new role he will oversee an office created by Congress that is responsible for the reporting and review of Federal regulatory actions that impact small business. He will also serve as a liaison between Federal agencies and those small businesses facing regulatory and compliance issues. Additionally, he will lead regional roundtables and public hearings and manage a national network of 10 regional regulatory fairness boards charged with advising SBA on Federal regulations unduly burdening small businesses.

Gay retired as a Navy Rear Admiral (Upper Half) in 2013 and previously served as Senior Advisor to the Director of the Office of Personnel Management.

To learn more about SBA’s Office of the National Ombudsman visit: