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Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) Non-Retaliation Policy

The U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of the National Ombudsman (SBA/ONO) has asked Federal Executive Branch Departments to make clear that, if a small business entity requests Ombudsman assistance on a matter or otherwise comments about a Federal agency action, the agency will not retaliate in response. The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is committed to fair regulatory enforcement practices, supports the right of the regulated community to raise concerns about regulatory enforcement actions without the fear of retaliation, will investigate such concerns, and will take corrective action, if appropriate. A comment to the Ombudsman will not affect EBSA's authority to investigate, enforce, or otherwise seek compliance as part of its ongoing responsibility to enforce Federal laws. Under the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA), small business entities regulated by EBSA may direct comments regarding regulatory enforcement actions to the Small Business Administration's Office of the National Ombudsman in writing at 409 3rd Street SW, MC 2120, Washington, DC, 20416 or by calling 1.888.REG.FAIR (1.888.734.3247).