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Advocacy’s Chief Counsel Responds to ‘Inaccurate’ Allegations
Dr. Sargeant Says Testimony, Report by CPR Misrepresents Advocacy’s Work
WASHINGTON – The Chief Counsel for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy, Dr. Winslow Sargeant, today issued the following statement in response to allegations made by Rena Steinzor, president of the Center for Progressive Reform, at a congressional testimony of the House Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations. The Office of Advocacy is an independent office that serves as the voice for small business within the federal government.
Statement by Dr. Winslow Sargeant, Chief Counsel for Advocacy:
“Ms. Steinzor’s testimony and her organization’s report are inaccurate and represent a fundamental misunderstanding of our office. Congress created the Office of Advocacy to advance the views, concerns and interests of small businesses before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, federal courts and state policy makers. And, that’s exactly what we do. Advocacy uses broad and aggressive outreach to small businesses, sound economic research and expert policy analyses to help identify small business concerns, so that small businesses can focus on running their own business, creating jobs and strengthening their communities.
“We strongly believe regulations serve an important role in our economy and our society, from helping to ensure we have clean air and water, to making toys safer for children and to protecting the health and safety of employees while they’re at work. Advocacy’s role, as mandated by Congress, is not to block rules and regulations or make them less effective; rather, our role is to work with regulators and Congress to get the same result they want from the regulation, while easing that regulation’s burden on small businesses. And, we believe rules and regulations are stronger and more effective when small businesses are part of the rule-making process.
“Spanning across Republican and Democratic Administrations, the Office of Advocacy has saved small businesses more than $85 billion in first-year regulatory costs over the last decade through its work with federal agencies and the Regulatory Flexibility Act. These savings help agencies achieve their regulatory goal, while also allowing small businesses to spend more time and money growing their business.
The Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is an independent voice for small business within the federal government. The presidentially appointed and Senate confirmed Chief Counsel for Advocacy advances the views, concerns and interests of small business before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, federal courts and policymakers. Regional advocates and an office in Washington, D.C., support the Chief Counsel’s efforts. For more information, visit www.sba.gov/advocacy, call (202) 205-6533 or get updates on Twitter (@AdvocacySBA) or Facebook at www.facebook.com/AdvocacySBA.