ESA issued a statement Aug. 11 calling on each of its members and other security professionals to contact their U.S. House representative and urge him or her to support H.R. 5141, the Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act.


The bill would repeal Section 9006 of the health care bill, which requires data collection and information filing on virtually all business-to-business transactions of $600 or more.

This onerous requirement will add mountains of paperwork for small businesses and start-ups, and may make it harder for them to conduct vital day-to-day business functions, ESA said, adding that in a time of great economic turmoil, small businesses do not need any additional hardship placed on them by the federal government.


ESA stressed that a timely response from the industry is key. The association has provided a letter and interested individuals can find contact information for their representative by visiting and entering their residence zip code in the space provided.


To participate, please complete this letter and either fax or email it to John Chwat so that he can hand-deliver it. Chwat’s fax number is (703) 684-7594 and his e-mail address is


ESA concluded by saying that the voice of every small and large electronic security dealer, manufacturer, central station owner and vendor is needed to support ESA’s effort in repealing this mandate.