Office of Advocacy

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Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration
Agency overview
FormedJune 4, 1976[1]
Headquarters409 Third Street, SW, Washington, D.C.
Agency executive
Office of Advocacy Identifier: Regulation, Research, Outreach
Office of Advocacy: Regulation, Research, Outreach

The Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration represents the views of small business to Congress, the White House, federal agencies, federal courts, and state policymakers. It is an independent federal government office housed within the Small Business Administration and created by act of Congress in 1976.[2] It is led by a Chief Counsel for Advocacy who is nominated by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Its functions include representing the views of small entities in federal rulemaking, conducting economic research on small businesses issues and trends, and gathering information from small entities nationwide.

Role in Federal Regulation and Rulemaking[edit]

The office works with federal agencies to avoid excessive regulatory burdens on small businesses. Its role in rulemaking is based on the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980. This law requires agencies to be flexible in rulemaking by considering alternative approaches for small entities to achieve the goals of regulation. The office's efforts to have agencies comply with this law have saved small businesses billions of dollars in regulatory costs.[3]

In 2017, President Trump’s Executive Orders 13771 and 13777 directed federal agencies to reduce and reform regulations. To learn about small businesses’ priorities for regulatory reform, the office launched a nationwide initiative, the Regional Regulatory Reform Roundtables, to help target small business regulatory relief. These information-gathering events take place around the country and include small businesses and federal agency officials. The office also gathers small business opinion through its website.

Research and Data[edit]

The office produces its own research and lets contracts to researchers on small business economic topics.

The office’s publications include Small Business Profiles for the States and Territories,[4] Frequently Asked Questions about Small Business,[5] infographics,[6] and research studies on small business lending, demographics, and income.[7] The office also commissions detailed data on small business from the U.S. Census Bureau.

National Small Business Outreach[edit]

The office employs a field staff of small business advocates in the 10 federal regions and national advocates for rural affairs and manufacturing/technology. These individuals interact with small businesses, state and local governments, chambers of commerce, and other groups. Their outreach is a critical part of Advocacy’s representation of small business views.

Archive of Research and Legal Filings[edit]

Research publications and official comments to federal agencies are archived by the Library of Congress.[8] Archived views date to the inception of the office’s webpage in the late 1990s, from December 2, 1998, to June 5, 2017.


  1. ^ "Public Law 94–305, title II, Sec. 207" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Public Law 94–305, title II, Sec. 207" (PDF).
  3. ^ Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration (2018). Annual Report of the Chief Counsel for Advocacy on Implementation of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, FY 2017. p. 38.
  4. ^ Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration (2018). "Small Business Profiles for the States and Territories, 2018". Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  5. ^ Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration (2017). "Frequently Asked Questions About Small Business, 2017" (PDF). Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  6. ^ Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration (2015–2018). "Small Business Facts and Infographics webpage". Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  7. ^ Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration. "Small Business Research Issues webpage". Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  8. ^ "Library of Congress archived website". Retrieved August 15, 2018.

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