Complaints or Comments

The National Ombudsman assists small businesses facing unfair or excessive federal regulatory compliance or enforcement issues such as repetitive audits or investigations, excessive fines and retaliation.

As an impartial liaison, the Office of the National Ombudsman directs reported regulatory fairness matters to the appropriate federal agency for high-level fairness review and works across government to address those concerns, reduce regulatory burdens, and help small businesses succeed.

The National Ombudsman Can Help

  • If you’re a small business or represent one, a non-profit organization, or a small government entity (population 50,000 or less) and
  • If your comment or complaint directly involves a federal agency and federal regulation

How to File a Comment or Complaint with the National Ombudsman's Office

To file a comment or complaint online click here.

If you would like to complete a form to fax or mail, click here to print a blank Comment form.

Here are a few tips:

  • Describe the enforcement, inspection, or compliance taken by the federal agency and the results
  • Briefly state the specific action or outcome you are seeking
  • Provide documentation of the action taken if available, such as correspondence, citations, or notices

Submit the form directly online OR download the form and submit it by email, fax or regular mail:

  • Email:
  • Fax: 202-481-5719
  • Mail: U.S. Small Business Administration
    Office of the National Ombudsman
    409 3rd St, S.W.
    Washington, DC 20416


Keep in Mind!

This process is not a substitute for any other action you may take regarding specific federal enforcement activity, so you should continue to pursue all legal and administrative remedies you believe are in your company’s best interest.

Need Help?

There are two ways you can contact the Office of the National Ombudsman: