Enforcement efforts by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) can sometimes place a significant burden on small businesses who lack the resources to respond in a timely and effective matter. However, another federal agency stands ready to provide assistance to small business entities in addressing compliance with FCC enforcement actions.
In a recent press release, the FCC reminds small businesses that the Office of the National Ombudsman, which operates within the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is available to assist companies in their efforts to address enforcement and compliance matters brought by federal agencies, including the FCC. Established by the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, the Ombudsman’s Office is available to receive communications and potentially facilitate further review of specific enforcement actions by the originating agency.
In its press release, the FCC also notes that small business entities may request expedited treatment of an enforcement action in cases where a delay could threaten the economic viability of the business.