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Bad Influence

Senate sends message: hands off the office of advocacy

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Attempts to shield the SBA Office of Advocacy from the influence of political interests in Washington were rewarded in late March with the passage of Senate bill S.395.

The Senate legislation gives the office an independent budget line and prohibits any influence from the White House when it comes to appointing assistant and regional advocates. The choice of each advocate would be the exclusive preserve of the Chief Counsel for Advocacy, a political appointee. Advocates must be "from civilian life" to show that they have a small-business rather than a government background.

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