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.
“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 American Managed Care Pharmacists (AMCP) is the professional association leading the way to help patients get the medications they need at a cost they can afford. AMCP’s diverse membership of pharmacists, physicians, nurses, and professionals in life sciences and biopharmaceutical companies leverage their specialized expertise in clinical evidence and economics to optimize medication benefit design and population health management and help patients access cost-effective and safe medications and other drug therapies.
Founded in 1998, Amber Pharmacy was one of the first pharmacies in the country to solely focus on the needs of patients with chronic conditions. The company began with two employees and one location; today Amber Pharmacy has over 200 employees, eleven locations, and the ability to ship nationwide.
The American Academy of Audiology is the world’s largest professional organization of, by, and for audiologists. The organization is dedicated to providing quality hearing care services through professional development, education, research, and increased public awareness of hearing and balance disorders.
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.
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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. Over the past 20 years, The Federal Group has represented the interests of over 40 organizations.
Prior to starting the firm, Patrick lobbied on behalf of the physical therapy profession and clinical laboratory personnel.
Patrick served as a Legislative Assistant 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 an 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.
Mr. Cooney is a graduate of the College of Business at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He resides in Alexandria, Virginia, and grew up in Omaha, Nebraska.
Patrick can be reached at email@example.com.
Don 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.
Don 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.
He 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, Don 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.
Don brings a wealth of federal policy and political experience to The Federal Group.
Don can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prior to joining the firm in 2006, John worked on behalf of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS). Serving as Senior Director for Advocacy, Health Policy and Government Affairs and as Director of its political action committee, he was responsible for opening their Washington office and establishing their national political action committee, ENT PAC.
Prior to representing the AAO-HNS, John 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. He served as their Washington Representative.
John 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 federal funding activities.
He 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.
John is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts where he received his degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance.
John can be reached at email@example.com.
Jacqueline has 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, and an M.A. in Statecraft and International Affairs from The Institute of World Politics, Washington, D.C.
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.
Tiffany brings nearly a decade of experience in public and government relations consulting with an emphasis on federal appropriations and public health policy. Prior to joining the Federal Group, she worked her way through the ranks at Cavarocchi Ruscio Dennis Associates, LLC supporting professional societies, universities, coalitions, research centers, and patient advocacy organizations in their strategic planning and implementation of advocacy activities.
In that role, Tiffany also served as the Director of the NDD United campaign, an alliance of thousands of national, state, and local organizations leading the efforts to protect the federal budget for nondefense programs and Deputy Director of the Coalition for Health Funding. She has served as an author and editor of several reports detailing the impacts of federal budget cuts on individuals and communities across the country and led efforts to promote their findings on Capitol Hill, in the media, and to the broader public.
In her efforts to support organizations’ advocacy efforts, Tiffany has planned hundreds of events on Capitol Hill including organizational fly-ins, briefings, receptions, rallies, and special events. She also has supported the development and governance of several coalitions, contributed to their fundraising efforts, and led their strategic communications and strategic planning efforts.
Tiffany earned her Masters of Business Administration from the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business and her Bachelor of the Arts at Rutgers University.
Tiffany can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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