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SBA: Small Business ALERTS, Advocacy August 18, 2014

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Advocacy Summer Update
August 18, 2014

Dear Small Business Stakeholders,

As summer comes to a close, the Office of Advocacy has put together a Small Business Alert recap for the past few months. We hope this will give you the opportunity to peruse all of our recent comment letters and publications that you may have missed during the busy months of summer.

Some notable highlights include our new and improved Small Business Profiles for the States and Territories and our roundtables on the proposed Waters of the U.S. regulations which were discussed in our August edition of The Small Business Advocate.

We hope this Small Business Alert gets you up to speed on all that is happening with the SBA Office of Advocacy. Please be in touch directly with the listed Advocacy contact for any questions or comments, and feel free to contact me with any other concerns.

——Elle Patout Congressional Affairs and Public Relations Manager  



Advocacy Comment Letters


6/5/2014- Comment Letter to FWS and NOAA- Definition of Destruction or Adverse Modification of Critical Habitat


6/5/2014- Comment Letter to EPA and Army Corps- Definition of Waters of the United States Under the Clean Water Act


6/11/14- Comment Letter to FDA- Deeming Tobacco Products To Be Subject to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, as Amended by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act


6/24/2014 – Comment Letter to DOL- Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking


7/14/2014- Comment Letter to FWS- Listing the Reticulated Python, Three Anaconda Species, and the Boa Constrictor as Injurious Reptiles


7/25/2014 Comment Letter to DOL- Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking


7/31/2014 Comment Letter to FDA- Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food


8/14/2014- Comment Letter to EPA- Pesticides; Agricultural Worker Protection Standard Revisions


Advocacy Research Products


The 2013 Small Business Profiles for the States and Territories


Evaluation of the Small Business Procurement Goals Established in Section 15(g) of the Small Business Act: A Report Pursuant to Section 1631(d) of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013


Advocacy Publications


The Small Business Advocate- June-July 2014


The Small Business Advocate- August 2014



Rule Requiring ADA Captioning for Movie Theaters

On August 1, 2014, the Department of Justice (DOJ) released a proposed rule to require movie theaters to show movies with closed captioning and audio descriptions (if produced or distributed with this capability) unless it would result in an undue burden or a fundamental alteration.

DOJ is proposing a six-month compliance date for digital screens and a four-year compliance date for analog screens. The agency is seeking comments about whether the agency should defer rulemaking for analog screens.

The proposed rule would also require movie theaters to have a certain number of individual captioning devices and audio description devices.  Furthermore, movie theaters must ensure that their staff has the capability to operate the equipment. It would also require theaters to provide the public with notice about the availability of captions and audio description.

Submit comments here by September 30, 2014.

Advocacy contact: Janis Reyes at 202.205.6533

Defining the Scope of Waters Protected under 
the Clean Water Act (CWA)

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have extended the comment period for 90 days. The proposed rule defines the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act. This proposal would set forth several categories of waters to be included in the definition as well as establish waters that are subject to the act. 

Submit comments here by October 20, 2014.

Advocacy contact: Kia Dennis at 202.205.6936

Proposed Rule Amending Regulation C

On July 24, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau published a proposed rule to amend Regulation C to implement amendments to the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act put into law by the Dodd-Frank Act.

The amendments would add new reporting requirements, clarify existing requirements, and add institutional and transaction coverage changes to Regulation C.

Submit comments here by October 22, 2014.

Advocacy contact: Jennifer Smith at 202.205.6943


Elle Patout
Office of Advocacy
U.S. Small Business Administration
Congressional Affairs and Public Relations Manager


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