The March 27-28 Region 6 Roundtable produced by Mid America Industry Government Coalition in collaboration with Federal Allies Institute Oklahoma Chapter was an informative, successful and fully-subscribed event. With FAI’s input the Roundtable set into motion a grassroots gathering of comments on Mentor Protégé to be followed up upon at Federal Allies Institute’s Washington Days Conference May 6-7, 2013 in Washington, D.C. The beneficiaries of our collective comments are the U.S. Small Business Administration and other areas of the Federal government. Regulators will accept the comments, consider and respond to them before making final decisions.
As the readership of Federal Allies News knows, the National Defense Authorization Act contains many small business issues, including Mentor Protégé that the Federal Allies Institute has tracked and promoted dating from the 111th Congress unto today.
We note the government’s move online has not produced a fundamental shift in the nature of notice-and-comment rulemaking. A decade into e-Rulemaking, and four years since the Open Government Memorandum – that promised to incorporate rulemaking within a Social Media setting – it has not achieved the gains in efficiency and democratic legitimacy that were anticipated. It is simply not used to any great extent, but we certainly appreciate the effort and look forward to the day that e-Rulemaking may be the norm. For now our engaged and informed members still use the traditional methods of notice-and-comment.
As you attend Washington Days Conference to find your next contract and to establish new relationships, should you have comments for rulemaking we encourage you to voice your comments at Washington Days in person.
David T. Boddie