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The Small Business Advocate, January 2016

The Office of Advocacy  has released the January 2016 edition of its newsletter, The Small Business Advocate. This edition highlights Advocacy's new Chief Counsel Darryl L. DePriest, who was sworn in to office on January 4.

The newsletter also announces the release of our annual publication, the Report on the Regulatory Flexibility Act, FY 2015, and the release of the Annual Report of the Office of Economic Research, FY 2015.

Dear Small Business Representatives:


We have scheduled the next Small Business Labor Safety (OSHA/MSHA) Roundtable for Friday, January 22, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.  


We are currently in the process of developing the agenda for the meeting, so please let me know if there are any issues you would like to discuss (particularly if you want to make a presentation).  A final Agenda for the Roundtable will be developed and circulated prior to the meeting.


The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is amending regulations related to certain employment-based high-skilled permanent (EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3) and temporary (H-1B) visa programs.  The proposed amendments codify provisions of the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-first Century Act of 2000 (AC21), the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998 (ACWIA), and related guidance documents.  Many of these changes are aimed at improving the ability of U.S.

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September 21, 2015


Daniel Ashe

Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

1849 C Street, NW

Washington, DC 20240



Re: Revision of the Section 4(d) Rule for the African Elephant


Dear Mr. Ashe:

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January 5, 2016




Director                                                                       Mr. Tom Leney

Regulation Policy and Management                           Executive Director

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is seeking input and comments on certification of Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB)  and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Businesses (EDWOSB) in connection with the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program (WOSB Program).

***SBA Environmental Roundtable Meeting***

FRIDAY, January 8, 2016 10 a.m. – noon


TO:                 Interested Persons


FROM:           Kevin Bromberg, Assistant Chief Counsel

David Rostker, Assistant Chief Counsel

Tabby Waqar, Assistant Chief Counsel

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December 21, 2015





The Honorable Gina McCarthy


United States Environmental Protection Agency

EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC)

1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

The Office of Advocacy released the Annual Report of the Office of Economic Research, FY 2015. This report details 26 OER publications and eight Small Business Economic Research Forums that were produced during fiscal year 2015. This year, OER produced research on the following topics:

  • Access to Capital
  • Employment
  • Innovation
  • Minority- and Women-owned Businesses
  • Veterans

For Release: December 11, 2015

SBA Number: 15-07 ADV


Contact: Elle Patout


Darryl L. DePriest Confirmed as Chief Counsel

U.S. Senate confirms Chief Counsel for Advocacy by voice vote.


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