Ombudsman and Regulatory Fairness Boards


To assure equity and fairness in federal regulation of small business by receiving comments from small businesses, small non-profit organizations or small government entities (representing less than 50,000 people) regarding regulatory compliance and enforcement involving Federal Agencies or Agency employees; to ease undue compliance burdens for small business by: (a) facilitating independent, high-level Agency reviews of compliance or enforcement activities against small businesses and (b) promoting access to compliance assistance resources available from Federal Agencies.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Small Business Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
N - Investigation of Complaints
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2022 In FY 2022, the National Ombudsman assisted with over 885 informal inquiries and responded to over 595 formal comments/cases. This included cases related to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information about SBA accomplishments, access the SBA Congressional Budget Justification and Annual Performance Report:
Small Business Act, Section 30 (15 U.S.C. 657), Public Law 104-121
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Small businesses, small nonprofit organizations or small government entities (representing less than 50,000 people).
Beneficiary Eligibility
The Ombudsman's actions assist those who individually seek assistance as well as other similarly-situated small entities.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Submit SBA Form 1993.
Award Procedure
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Comments received by the Office of the National Ombudsman are confidential and when authorized by the commenter, they are forwarded to the appropriate senior level Federal Agency Personnel to obtain a timely review and response to an excessive and/or unfair Federal regulatory issue. Public Regulatory Fairness Hearings and other outreach events are held throughout the U.S. to receive testimony and commentary from small entities about unfair and/or excessive Federal regulatory enforcement actions and burdensome regulations. Cases are filed online, by fax, mail or personal delivery.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Standard audit procedures. This program does not make Federal awards.
Not applicable.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not applicable. This program does not issue funds.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Appendix IV of the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance under Small Business Administration.
Headquarters Office
Elahe Zahirieh
409 3rd Street, SW
3rd Floor

Washington, DC, DC 20416 US
Phone: 202-205-6499
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Investigation of Complaints) FY 22$0.00; FY 23 est $0.00; FY 24 est $0.00; FY 21$0.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 19 Estimate Not Available FY 18 Estimate Not Available FY 17 Estimate Not Available FY 16 Estimate Not Available -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Additional information available at
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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