IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
July 13, 2017
Mr. Risch introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
To amend section 203 of Public Law 94–305 to ensure proper authority for the Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Advocacy Empowerment Act of 2017.
Additional powers of the chief counsel for advocacy
Chief counsel authority
Section 203(a) of Public Law 94–305 (15 U.S.C. 634c(a)) is amended—
in paragraph (5), by striking
and at the end;
in paragraph (6), by striking the period at the end and inserting a semicolon; and
by adding at the end the following:
issue, modify, or amend rules governing compliance by agencies with chapter 6 of title 5, United States Code, after opportunity for notice and comment under section 553 of title 5, United States Code; and
authorize an agency to issue such supplemental rules governing compliance with chapter 6 of title 5, United States Code, as the Chief Counsel may approve, and ensure that the supplemental rules comply with such chapter 6 and with the notice and comment process under section 553 of title 5, United States Code.
On and after the date that is 270 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration may exercise the authority under paragraphs (7) and (8) of section 203(a) of Public Law 94–305 (15 U.S.C. 634c(a)), as added by subsection (a).