Monthly Archives: June 2009

Advocacy Recommends that FASB and IASB Develop Small Business Alternatives in New Accounting Standard on Leases

            The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) issued a Discussion Paper (DP) entitled, “Leases: Preliminary Views.”  The DP invited public comments.  The comment period is open until July 17, 2009.               The

Capitol Hill Connection Week of June 29

The Capitol Hill Connection will resume when Congress returns from recess.

Healthcare Reform Debate Heats Up In The House

            “Health Reform in the 21st Century: Proposals to Reform the Health System” was the title of a hearing held yesterday by the House Committee on Ways and Means.  The hearing opened with statements from Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY) and

Small Businesses Share Healthcare Concerns At New Jersey Roundtable Event

            On Friday, June 19, I attended a healthcare roundtable at F3 Engineering, a small, women-owned manufacturing facility in Paterson, NJ, to discuss with women-owned firms the state of health insurance in the small business world.                The roundtable

Capitol Hill Connection Week of June 22

            Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community.  For further information

Small Business Benefits From Regulatory Cooperation

            Last Wednesday, Advocacy attorneys attended the American Bar Association’s 5th Annual Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice Institute meeting.  All of the panels over the course of the daylong event focused on new directions in agency rulemaking following the transition

Two Rule Delays Will Help Small Businesses Comply With New Directives

DHS Delays Implementation of E-Verify Employment Eligibility System               The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agreed to delay until September 8, 2009 implementation of a new rule that would require federal contractors to use the federal government’s E-Verify employment

Fed Chairman Bernanke Testifies On The Economy

            Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, has become one of the most famous men in America over the last year.  Rising from relative obscurity as the Princeton professor who became Alan Greenspan’s successor, he has appeared to handle

Advocacy Field Trip Gives a Glimpse of Sophisticated Mom-And-Pop Cable Shop

  One of the most technically complex issue-areas in the Office of Advocacy’s workload is telecommunications. We regularly advocate on behalf of small telecom companies before the Federal Communications Commission and Congress. Understanding the different needs of small telecom providers

A Debate on the Future of Health Care Reform

    Nothing seems more important to Congress right now than healthcare reform. Who better qualified to debate the issue than the previous administration’s Health and Human Services Secretary, Michael Leavitt, and the former Senate Minority Leader, Tom Daschle? At