Regulation Rollback

Posted by Lori Salley Ring

Nov 15, 2016 8:30:00 AM

A new administration will be sworn into office in January.  Near the top of the agenda is the repeal of Federal regulations that are thought to have created a drag on the economy and on small businesses specifically.  The Trump transition website describes the components of the regulatory reform agenda as a "temporary moratorium on all new regulation, canceling overarching executive orders and a thorough review to identify and eliminate unnecessary regulations that kill jobs and bloat government." While some regulation is certainly necessary, there is evidence that the regulatory burden in the United States has taken a toll on economic growth.  A recent Mercatus Center study of 22 industries, looking at data over 35 years, estimates that the U.S. economy would have been $4 trillion larger in 2012, had regulatory growth been halted in 1980.  For small businesses, credited as our best job creators, the burden is significant. It is 36% more costly for small businesses to comply with regulation than their large competitors. A lower regulatory burden could, it seems, boost the economy and jobs. But how easy is it to roll back regulations and reverse a previous administration's policies?

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Topics: contracting, labor, regulations, small business

Do You Practice Pay Discrimination? New Reporting Rules for Employers

Posted by Lori Salley Ring

Feb 9, 2016 8:30:00 AM

As part of the President's push to cement his policy legacy in his final year in office (see blog: 2016 Small Business Forecast:  A Flurry of Federal Regulations), his administration proposed a new rule last week designed to fight pay disparity in the workplace.  The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) rule will require companies to report pay information based on race, ethnicity and gender.  Here's what you need to know:

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Topics: contracting, labor, regulations, small business

2016 Small Business Forecast:  A Flurry of Federal Regulations

Posted by Lori Salley Ring

Dec 8, 2015 8:28:00 AM




The end-of-year rush doesn’t refer only to holiday shopping and party planning.  In Washington, the government is also rushing to meet year-end deadlines.  Many eyes are on Congress to see if budget issues can be worked out to avoid a government shutdown, among other loose ends that need to be wrapped up before Congress adjourns for the year.  Perhaps less noticed is the growing pressure on the executive branch to issue and finalize regulations.  In the remaining days of 2015 and in 2016, the last year of the current Administration’s term, expect to see a slew of federal rules that aim to cement President Obama’s policy legacy.  

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Topics: contracting, labor, regulations, small business, federal policy

Five Small Business Contracting Reforms Ready to Become Law

Posted by Lori Salley Ring

Nov 24, 2015 8:30:00 AM

On November 17, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2016 was sent to the President to be signed into law. The bill includes several federal contracting reforms to help small businesses. We previewed some of these reforms after the House passed its version of the bill back in June (see blog:  A Fair Shake for Small Business:  Five Federal Contracting Reforms). Several provisions that made it into the final bill could help make small businesses more competitive in a lucrative federal procurement marketplace.

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Topics: contracting, small business, federal policy

New Rules for Federal Contractors: Can Small Businesses Bear the Load?

Posted by Lori Salley Ring

Oct 6, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Federal contractors have become the guinea pigs for testing out labor and social policies.  Since 2009, federal contractors (and subcontractors) have been the target of some 13 Executive Orders and 16 related federal regulations.  While the intent of many of these policies is arguably good, the compliance requirements and related costs make it harder to do business with the government. This is the case especially for small companies.  The cost of regulatory compliance in general is 36% higher for small firms, and therefore affects their ability to compete in the federal marketplace. (See blog:  Small Business Regulatory Watch)

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Topics: contracting, labor, small business, federal policy

What Is the SBA and Can It Help Your Small Business?

Posted by Lori Salley Ring

Aug 4, 2015 8:30:00 AM

For many small businesses, thoughts of the Federal government conjure up images of tax bills and red tape.  Is it possible that there’s a federal agency that can offer help versus headaches for entrepreneurs?  Since 1953, the Federal government has had an agency, the Small Business Administration (SBA), whose mission it is to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns.  Today, this small, independent agency runs a variety of programs largely focused on three main areas – sometimes referred to as the 3 C’s – Capital, Contracting, and Counseling.

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Topics: contracting, small business, capital

A Fair Shake for Small Businesses: Five Federal Contracting Reforms

Posted by Lori Salley Ring

Jun 30, 2015 8:31:20 AM

Each year, the Federal government spends almost half a trillion dollars on procurement of goods and services. That's a lucrative marketplace, especially for a small business.  

The Federal government acknowledges the value of having small businesses compete for contracts, and even has a government-wide goal (23%) for awarding prime contracts to small firms.  The thinking goes that it is economically important to have a diverse and healthy industrial base to support the government, particularly in times of war, and that small business participation in federal contracting increases competition, promotes innovation, and reduces the cost of procurement.

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Topics: contracting

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FocusData: TECHPol is a blog on technology and business policy issues affecting small and mid-sized companies.  TECHPol’s primary author, Lori Salley Ring, spent 20-plus years working on Capitol Hill, including as the top staffer on the House Committee on Small Business.  FDS is an IT consulting firm providing managed services, office tech relocation, network security, and IT support for businesses in the Washington, DC and Northern Virginia area.

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Lori Salley Ring

Lori Salley Ring

Lori serves as Policy Advisor and Communications Specialist for Focus Data Solutions.  Lori spent more than 20 years working for the U.S. Congress, including as Chief of Staff to a member of the House leadership and as the Staff Director for the Committee on Small Business.  Lori also ran a Washington-based non-profit organization between stints working for the Federal government. 

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