In order to succeed in today’s environment you must be aware of what is happening in Washington, D.C., and how decisions of policy makers can impact your goals and objectives. The Federal Group monitors legislation being considered in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, as well as regulatory activity in federal agencies and departments.
Preparation is the essential component of any advocacy effort. The Federal Group assists clients in assessing the political and policy landscape for your organization in relation to your goals and objectives. The time spent on issue development and strategic planning helps maximize our clients’ resources and puts them in a position to succeed.
Contact with decision makers in Congress and the Administration is a key element of our advocacy success story. We help in putting our clients in front of decision makers that impact their goals and objectives.
Congress is inundated with the concerns of millions of constituents on a daily basis. Drawing upon experience working on Capitol Hill, The Federal Group is skilled at designing and implementing grassroots efforts campaigns that attract the attention of policymakers.
Often it takes a collective effort to impact federal policy on important issues. The Federal Group assists clients with efforts to bring groups together to advocate for a common objective.
We assist clients in identifying and securing federal grants working directly with federal agencies to meet our client’s goals and objectives. We take a complicated maze of federal grants and help our clients identify the best opportunities working with political leaders from their state.
“Congress shall make no law respecting… the rights of the people peacably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
The Federal Group has had the honor of representing the following:
The Federal Group’s mission is to assist our clients in reaching their goals and objectives in the public policy arena. This is achieved through expert analysis, strategic planning, coalition building, and aggressive advocacy.
Patrick Cooney established The Federal Group, Inc. in 1999 with the objective of providing affordable, high quality government relations consulting services to companies, associations, municipalities and non-profit organizations.
Prior to establishing the firm, Mr. Cooney represented the interests of the national clinical laboratory scientists as Associate Director of Government Affairs for the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS), and the physical therapists as the Senior Policy Advisor for the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). As the senior advocate for each of these organizations he was responsible for the federal legislative and political strategies of each profession on Capitol Hill. ASCLS and APTA remain valued clients of The Federal Group today.
Mr. Cooney served as a congressional aide to Congressman Dick Swett (D-NH) who served the United States House of Representatives from 1991 – 1995. He also served as the State Field Director on the 1990 reelection campaign of the late Senator Jim Exon (D-NE) who served as a Senator from 1979 – 1997.
Mr. Cooney has expansive knowledge of the legislative, regulatory, and political processes in Washington. He frequently speaks on government relations matters, particularly in the area of health care policy. As a long time advocate for sound public health policy he formerly served as Chair of the Public Health Advisory Board for the City of Alexandria, Virginia.
Mr. Cooney is a graduate of the College of Business at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He and his wife and three children reside in Alexandria, Virginia. In addition to politics, Mr. Cooney has a passion for baseball and Cornhusker football having grown up in Omaha, Nebraska.
Mr. Lavanty is a seasoned advocate. He has represented more than a dozen organizations, including the American College of Radiology; Glossco Free Trade N.V. Compliance Program (Country of Aruba); the American Optometric Association; American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science; The Federation of American Indians; The American Trucking Association; Daylin Industries; The BDM Corporation; and The Chalista Corporation.
Mr. Lavanty is a tenured Professor at the School of Business Administration, Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, where he instructs for the Graduate Programs in Legal Administration and Health Care Management and Policy. He also serves as an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Naval School of Health Sciences, Department of the Navy, Bethesda, Maryland, instructing on the Political Aspects of Health Care.
Mr. Lavanty previously served as the Legislative Counsel for the American Hospital Association and Associate Director of the American Optometric Association. While earning his B.A. and J.D. degrees from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., he served on the U.S. Capitol Police Force. After law school, Mr. Lavanty served during the Viet Nam Conflict in the United States Marine Corp, 1st Marine Brigade Legal Office, where he was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal. He has been published in the International Society of Technology Assessment in Health Care and the American Association for Advancement of Science.
Mr. Lavanty brings a wealth of federal policy and political experience to The Federal Group
Prior to joining the firm in 2006, Mr. Williams worked on behalf of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS). The AAO-HNS is the world’s largest organization (12,000 otolaryngologist – head and neck surgeons) representing specialty care physicians treating disorders of the ears, nose and throat. Serving as Senior Director for Advocacy, Health Policy and Government Affairs and as Director of its political action committee, Mr. Williams was responsible for opening their Washington office and establishing their national political action committee, ENT PAC.
Prior to representing the AAO-HNS, Mr. Williams worked for the Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers where he served as a Washington Representative. The Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers is the premier association for commercial insurance and employee benefit intermediaries in the United States and abroad. The Council’s members in more that 3,000 locations, place 80 percent –well over $90 billion—of all U.S. insurance products and services protecting business, industry, government and the public at large , and they administer billions of dollars in employee benefits. He served as their Washington Representative.
Mr. Williams has significant experience in government relations, lobbying, grassroots and strategic operations/planning. He was responsible for a number of legislative successes throughout his career on issues such as physician payment, medical liability, patient’s bill of rights, health care provider scope of practice, bank powers, property and casualty/flood insurance and appropriations activities.
Mr. Williams began his career in politics working on Capitol Hill for Congressman Chester G. Atkins (D-MA) who served the fifth district of Massachusetts from 1984 to 1992. Mr. Williams also worked for a number of financial institutions and local town communities.
Mr. Williams is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts where he received his degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance.
Paul T. Kelly is a veteran of the legislative, regulatory and political battles in Washington D.C. Over a 20 year career, he is credited with numerous legislative and regulatory accomplishments on variety of healthcare and business issues. A highly effective advocate and spokesman before Congress, the Executive Branch and the media, he is expert in all aspects of government affairs advocacy and political affairs. He has successfully lobbied in the areas of healthcare reform, Medicare and Medicaid, pharmaceuticals and pharmacy, nutrition and wellness, complementary and alternative medicine, retail and small business, employee benefits, international trade, transportation, criminal justice, electronic payments and more.
For ten years, Mr. Kelly was with the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, serving the majority of that time as Vice President of Federal Government Affairs. While there, he formulated and led successful campaigns during the 2010 Healthcare Reform debates that protected consumer access to retail pharmacies and improved coverage of medication management services. These provisions were estimated to be worth billions. In recognition of his leadership, he served as the association’s designated witness during Congressional hearings on health reform in 2009. From 1999 to 2004, he served his first tenure with NACDS, leading the association’s efforts on Medicare prescription drug legislation, prescription drug abuse, pharmacy workforce, loss prevention and general retail issues.
Mr. Kelly spent nearly three years leading the federal and state government affairs operations for the Retail Industry Leaders Association, an alliance of large retail chains including Wal-Mart, Target and others. During his tenure, he significantly elevated the association’s profile, earning the group its first invitations to testify before Congress and to attend White House bill signing ceremonies. He also led a successful business coalition that obtained favorable supply chain security provisions in the Safe Ports Act of 2006. In addition, he led RILA’s efforts to defeat state-based mandated health benefit legislation, testifying on the issue before the House Education and Workforce Committee in 2006.
Mr. Kelly was also Senior Federal Lobbyist for the American Dietetic Association, the association for registered dietitians and nutritionists. While there, he secured enactment of legislation to cover dietitians’ professional services in Medicare. He was also Director of Government Relations at the American Chiropractic Association, obtaining enhanced recognition for the profession in Medicare and the military health system.
During college, he worked as a legislative intern for United States Senators Howell Heflin and John Glenn. While in graduate school, he worked as an administrative staffer in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Kelly is a member of the Board of Directors of the American League of Lobbyists, a professional association dedicated to professional development and high ethical standards for registered lobbyists. He is also on the Board of the Congressional Award Foundation, a charity established by Congress to recognize volunteerism and achievement among America’s youth.
He holds a Masters degree in American Government from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Lynchburg College. A lifelong Virginian, he lives with his wife and two children in Falls Church, Virginia.
Scott Leezer is a recent addition to The Federal Group team, joining the firm in July 2014. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Leezer was a member of Senator Durbin of Illinois’ health care policy team. He assisted in covering and advising the Senator on issues pertaining to the Affordable Care Act and its implementation, Medicare, Medicaid, funding for Federal health agencies, health care workforce, and hunger and nutrition. Mr. Leezer possess particularly significant experience with the Department of Defense’s Medical Research programs and congenital heart disease advocacy.
Mr. Leezer regularly met with constituent groups, advocacy organizations, and industry representatives, and provided ongoing support for these organizations as a liaison for Senator Durbin. Mr. Leezer was actively involved in Senator Durbin’s health care-related appropriations request letters process. He was responsible for identifying appropriation letters appropriate to the Senator’s legislative priorities and notifying stakeholders of his participation.
Mr. Leezer is a founding member of The Federal Group’s Indianapolis office, where he works to expand the Federal Group’s footprint and identify local and national clients in need of federal representation. He makes frequent trips to Washington, D.C. to lobby the legislative and executive branches of government. Mr. Leezer holds a degree in Finance from Marquette University and lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife.
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