The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) maintains an Office of the National Ombudsman to assist small businesses burdened with unfair or excessive federal regulatory enforcement, such as repetitive audits or investigations, excessive fines and penalties, retaliation, arbitrary or discriminatory regulatory enforcements, or other unfair actions by federal agencies. Working from a central office in Washington, DC, the SBA National Ombudsman covers only federal regulatory enforcement and compliance actions. Moreover, it can only assist small businesses, small government entities, and non-profit organizations. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Small Business Ombudsman Clearinghouse and Hotline serves private individuals, small communities, small business enterprises, and trade associations representing the small business sector. The office provides public mailings to update recent regulatory actions. Special attention is directed toward answering technical questions and apprising the trade associations that represent small business interests of current regulatory developments.