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Ombudsman And Regulatory Fairness Boards

Program Descriptions

Program Number

59.053

Title

Ombudsman And Regulatory Fairness Boards

 

Federal Agency

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

 

Authorization

Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, Public Law 104-121, (March 29, 1996); 5 U.S.C. 601 note; H.R. 3136.

 

Status

Active

 

Objectives

To serve the small business community by receiving comments from small businesses, small non-profit organizations or small government entities (representing less than 50,000 people) regarding unfair and/or excessive actions by Federal Agencies or Agency employees conducting compliance or enforcement activities.

 

Types of Assistance

Investigation of Complaints (Compliance Reviews).

 

Uses and Use Restrictions

Received comments may be confidential or not and be discussed with appropriate Federal Agency personnel to seek a timely response to an excessive and/or unfair Federal regulatory issue. Hold Hearings throughout the U.S. to receive testimony and commentary from small entities about unfair and/or excessive Federal regulatory enforcement actions. Comments are also received online, by fax, mail or personal delivery.

 

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Small businesses, small nonprofit organizations or small government entities (representing less than 50,000 people).

Beneficiary Eligibility

The Ombudsman's actions are designed to assist not only those who seek direct assistance but all other similarly situated small entities.

Credentials/Documentation

None.

 

Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure

Submit SBA Form 1993.

Award Procedure

Not applicable.

Deadlines

None.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not applicable.

Appeals

As needed.

Renewals

 

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not applicable.

 

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Based upon substantiated comments received from small business concerns and the Boards, annually report to Congress and affected Federal Agencies evaluating the enforcement activities of Agency personnel, including a rating of the responsiveness to small business of the various regional and program offices of each agency.

Audits

Not applicable.

Records

Not applicable.

 

Financial Information

Account Identification

73-0100-0-1-376.

Obligations

FY 07 $1,257,000; FY 08 $1,404,000; and FY 09 $1,527,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

 

Program Accomplishments

Presented in each annual report to Congress.

 

Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

http://www.sba.gov /ombudsman.

 

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Nicholas N. Owens, National Ombudsman, Office of the National Ombudsman, 409 Third Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20416.

Web Site Address

http://www.sba.gov/ombudsman

 

Related Programs

None.

 

Examples of Funded Projects

Not applicable.

 

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.



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