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 pleasure to represent the following clients:
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.
We can be contacted at (202) 413-2629.
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.
Contact Patrick at (202) 347-0034 x101 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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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.
Contact John at (202) 744-3103 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jacqueline brings over 25 years of experience in government relations, public policy, communications, and management. She has served in senior executive positions at the White House, the Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Labor, and the Office of the Governor of Virginia. In 2009, she founded Sovereign Global Solutions, LLC, (SGS) a consultancy which provides government relations, strategic business development, and public policy work. SGS serves a range of public and private sector clients including healthcare, public health, medicine, universities and educational training organizations, political candidates, Catholic and evangelical pro-life and pro-family advocacy organizations. Jacqueline is a founding board member of the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast and the Executive Director and Founder of the International Catholic Legislators Network-Western Hemisphere, an international fellowship that brings together Catholic parliamentarians from around the world for spiritual formation, fellowship, and education on the issues most important to Catholic parliamentarians in the public square.
Jacqueline received a B.A. Political Science in Political Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1991 and an M.A. in Statecraft and International Affairs from The Institute of World Politics, Washington, D.C., 2014.
Michelle brings a wealth of diverse experience in government affairs and advocacy. Most recently she served as the Director of Government Affairs for the American Nurses Association (ANA), overseeing the organization’s federal and state advocacy, grassroots and political engagement and Political Action Committee.
Michelle has a long history in health care advocacy. From 2002-2011 she held a number of roles within the ANA government affairs department including Advocacy and Engagement Specialist, Lobbyist and manager of the grassroots and political programs. Before rejoining ANA to run the department in 2014, Michelle spent two and a half years working in Alliance Development at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association (PhRMA), supporting the organization’s policy and advocacy efforts by fostering communication, relationships, and coalition building with the health care provider community.
Michelle’s past professional background of almost 25 years also includes field organizing, media relations, political action committee fundraising, and three years as a staff member in the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives.
Michelle holds a Masters degree in Media and Public Affairs from The George Washington University, and an undergraduate degree in Professional Writing with a minor in Political Science from Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA.
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