Under a law passed by Congress in 1996, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has established an SBA Ombudsman and SBA Regional Fairness Boards to investigate small business complaints about Federal agency enforcement actions.
If you are a small business and believe that you have been treated unfairly by MSHA, you may file an electronic comment/complaint to the SBA Ombudsman over the Internet. Alternatively, you may contact the SBA's Office of the National Ombudsman by:
- Website: https://www.sba.gov/ombudsman/comments
- Toll Free Phone: (888) REG-FAIR (734-3247)
- Fax: (202) 481-5719
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office of the National Ombudsman
U.S. Small Business Administration
409 3rd Street, SW, MC2120
Washington, DC 20416-0005
Please note, however, that your right to file a comment with the Ombudsman is in addition to any other rights you may have, including the right to contest citations and proposed penalties and obtain a hearing before the Federal Mine Safely and Health Review Commission.