Ever wonder what the National Ombudsman does?

group ready to testify before SBA 6.25.14group ready to testify before SBA 2 6.25.14 VGM representatives and members prepare to testify before the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Office of National Ombudsman on June 25, 2014.

VGM has recently been in contact with the Office of the National Ombudsman to discuss the effects Medicare policies like competitive bidding and audits have had on small business. This avenue seems to be gaining some traction. But the question to many is, what does an Ombudsman do?

Who is the National Ombudsman?
The Office of 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.

Congress established the Office of the National Ombudsman in 1996 as part of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA).

So what does this mean to a small business owner?
The Ombudsman ensures that businesses, small government entities, and small nonprofit organizations have a means to comment if they experience unfair regulatory enforcement actions by federal agencies.

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

To file a comment or complaint, click here for more information.