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Washington’s Fight Over Helium Was No Laughing Matter
Cassidy & Associates Senior Vice President Kevin Binger explains how Washington averted an historic shortage of helium that jeopardized its use to cool medical equipment like MRIs and in the manufacture of LCD TVs, semiconductor chips, fiber optic cables as well as powering NASA’s rockets.
Cassidy Energy Security Expert in the Spotlight
Cassidy & Associates Senior Associate Janie Wise sits down to talk about her work at the nexus of national defense and energy security with the Women's Council on Energy and the Environment for its member spotlight column.
Energy Security in the White House Budget
What did Cassidy & Associates Energy Security Expert Dave Belote find in President Barack Obama's 2015 budget released earlier this week? Find out in a new episode of The Insiders.
Cassidy Welcomes Leading Defense Energy Expert to Team
Cassidy & Associates welcomes one of the nation’s foremost defense energy experts to its team as Col. Dave Belote, ret. USAF joins the firm as a Senior Vice President.
Cassidy Wants You!
We're looking for a few good interns to be a part of the Cassidy & Associates team. Do you have what it takes to be a part of the firm that The Washington Post says "helped invent the new Washington"?
Cassidy Launches New Online Trailer, CASSIDY 2014
“A reminder of our history and nod to our future,” is how newly promoted Cassidy & Associates Co-Chairmen Kai Anderson and Barry Rhoads describe the firm’s new online video trailer launched this morning on the Cassidy & Associates social media platforms and its website. The trailer will be featured on the Cassidy & Associates YouTube Channel.
FLASHBACK FRIDAY - SOME Help from the Cassidys
Tis the season for helping others, but for Loretta and Gerry Cassidy it’s been a commitment that started in 1967.
It’s Round Three for the US and EU
Cassidy & Associates Vice President Donna Jo Denison is directly engaging with key negotiators of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or T-TIP, today as the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office hosts U.S. and EU stakeholders to learn more about negotiations.
In Washington... No Reindeer? No Sleigh?

There hasn't been a sighting of a giant red sleigh or eight flying reindeer in the skies over Washington in more than a year... find out why.

Cassidy Hosts African Delegation for Women and Youth Panel
Her Excellency, Hajiya Amina Namadi Sambo, Wife of the Vice President of Nigeria and His Excellency Professor Adebowale Ibidapo Adefuye the Ambassador of Nigeria to the United States led a delegation recently for a panel discussion at the Cassidy & Associates office in Washington, D.C.
Napping, the Obamas and Pumpkin Pie… the 2013 Turkey Poll

Nearly half of Americans are planning to get in some quality nap time this Thanksgiving and most would host the Obamas, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as their dream dinner guests and enjoy some pumpkin pie. Those are the results of this year’s Turkey Poll by Cassidy & Associates sister company, KRC Research.

Cassidy Stakes Out Future
Gerry Cassidy announces new position of Chairman Emeritus while Kai Anderson and Barry Rhoads take on new role with shared leadership responsibilities as Co-Chairmen of Cassidy & Associates.
Cassidy National Security Team Remembers Friend and Client
Cassidy & Associates and its National Security Team remember a friend and client this week following the death of Ike McLeese, President of the Greater Columbia South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.
Cassidy Supports Lab School Difference
In just two weeks Washington’s renowned Lab School will host nearly 1,000 guests at its 29th Annual Gala Honoring Outstanding Achievers with Learning Differences and Cassidy & Associates is a proud supporter and sponsor of the event at The National Building Museum featuring a keynote address by Speaker of the House John Boehner.
Bouncy Gym Ball or Sophisticated Robot?
What looks like a bouncy ball you might find at your gym is actually a sophisticated, state-of-the-art robot on display at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Association of the United States Army, AUSA, in Washington, D.C. this week.
FLASHBACK FRIDAY - Fab 50
In January 1997 Roll Call welcomes members of the 105th Congress and “looks behind the curtain” to find the most influential staff members and among its “Fabulous Fifty” is Cassidy's Kevin Binger.
D.C.'s First-Ever Cranberry Bog Comes to Life at Union Station
Why is Cassidy's Donna Denison interviewing an Ocean Spray grower in the middle of a ton of floating cranberries at Washington's Union Station?
Cerner CEO, Co-Founder Shares Vision for Health Systems, Providers, and Communities
Cerner (Nasdaq:CERN), the largest provider of electronic medical systems in the United States, is hosting its annual Health Conference 2013 in Kansas City, and its CEO, co-founder, Neal Patterson is stepping up to the microphone this morning to share the company’s vision for the future of healthcare in America.
What Does the Future of Healthcare Look Like Outside the Beltway?
The Cassidy & Associates team is now on site at the Cerner Health Conference 2013 and hearing from state leaders across the country enacting new healthcare policies and other reforms and innovations.
Washington Honors Companies, Communities and Individuals Helping Paralyzed Veterans
Washington honored the individuals, corporate and public sector friends who have inspired the Paralyzed Veterans of America by their dedication to 25 million courageous veterans, 54 million people with disabilities and 12,000 new spinal cord injured individuals annually at its Americana Gala 2013.
FLASHBACK FRIDAY - The First BRAC
Rewind to March 1991 as Lieutenant Colonel Barry Rhoads catches up with former U.S. Secretary of State and NATO Supreme Commander Alexander Haig before the first Department of Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC).
Cassidy Strengthens Business Development with Fmr. National Air Transportation Association President
Cassidy & Associates announced today that the firm has broadened its network of senior consultants and is strengthening its new business strategies as former Congressman and president of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) James K. Coyne joins C&A as Director of Business Development.
FLASHBACK FRIDAY - All in the Family
Fridays this fall Cassidy & Associates is turning back the clock for Flashback Friday to find out how its team got started in Washington.
Latest Breakthroughs in Air and Space Technology on Display in Washington
Cassidy & Associates Senior Vice President Mark Hegarty is on site for the one-of-a-kind event taking place today in Washington where the U.S. Air Force Association is bringing together Air Force leadership, industry experts, academia and current aerospace specialists from around the world.
What's On Tap for Washington this Fall
Cassidy & Associates Vice Chairman Gregg Hartley is addressing more than 100 members of the Assisted Living Federation of America now in Washington on the latest political, regulatory and public policy developments and what's ahead this fall for DC.
20 Percent of Americans Struggle to Afford Food as Congress Considers Revoking Food Stamps
A new Gallup poll shows one in five Americans do not have enough money to buy the food that they or their family needed in the past year, more than said so earlier this year and near highs seen since 2008, all while Congress continues to consider revoking food stamps for millions.
School Security: Good Enough for the Pentagon, Good Enough for Our Schools
Cassidy & Asscoiates client MACE Security International Inc.'s CEO John McCann writes as a guest contributor to American School & University Magazine's Safety at School blog on an important conversation starting on Capitol Hill encouraging federal investment in proven and effective non-lethal security options for our schools.
Sixth Annual National Clean Energy Summit Opens in Vegas
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is opening the sixth annual National Clean Energy Summit right now in Las Vegas and the Cassidy & Associates team of Gregg Hartley, Kai Anderson and Tom Dennis is there.
Leaning In as a Woman Lobbyist

Today’s National Journal’s story Women Lobbyists May Be Worth More has Cassidy & Associates Vice President Susann Edwards 'leaning in' and thinking about the nuances that women bring to the lobbying world.

Cassidy’s Global Team Broadens Reach to Turkey and Kuwait
Cassidy and Associates is pleased to announce that our sister company in The Interpublic Group, Weber Shandwick, has officially launched new operations in Istanbul, Turkey and in Kuwait.
Reporter Role Reversal
What happens when the insider swaps roles with the reporter and asks the questions... find out as Cassidy Vice Chairman Gregg Hartley sits down with Megan Wilson of The Hill newspaper in a featured story of the new Cassidy online news magazine, the insiders.
The Pentagon's Four Letter Word
Yesterday's launch of the Cassidy & Associates online news magazine, the insiders, included a featured story with Cassidy President Barry Rhoads talking about the 'acronym that makes the Pentagon shudder', but did you catch the full Insiders interview on the Cassidy YouTube Channel as Barry gets candid about the benefits of an agressive community as well as the politically squeaky wheel and the sequester ripple effect.
The Insiders - Cassidy & Associates Launches New Online Magazine
This morning on LinkedIn, Cassidy & Associates CEO Gerry Cassidy helped launch a new online news magazine, the insiders, giving readers an authentic look at Washington.
Do Women Make Better Senators Than Men?
As a former legislative aide to Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) a story in National Journal’s annual Women of Washington out today that asks the question, ‘do women make better senators than men?’ caught my attention.
Fewer Americans Leery of Drones
Results of two new polls show most Americans are okay with drones flying over their backyards whether it’s for commercial use, or for safety, or catching crooks and terrorists which makes today the time for industry to press home their benefits with the federal oversight agencies and Congress.
What’s the Real Reason Why The White House Should Go to Africa?
President Obama’s trip next week to sub-Saharan Africa has generated quite a bit of attention recently in Washington, not for its merits or goals, but its expense.
Few Limits to 3D Printing on Earth and in Space

Late last year, Cassidy & Associates assisted in securing approval for the merger of two major 3D printing companies through the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS), and since that time coverage of this topic, and the industry itself, continues to experience incredible growth.

Can the Pentagon Turn $40 a Gallon Biofuel Into a More Affordable Alternative?
Given the political condition of the global oil trade today, our military and essentially our national security, are at the mercy of a volatile international oil market just as much as American families are when we pull up to the gas station.
Social Media Now Seen As Essential for C-Suite
Boardrooms around the world should take note of results from a new survey providing compelling evidence that the time and energy invested online is worthwhile and can be an effective tool for the C-suite “that yields multiple dividends.”
Linde to Invest More Than $200M in Texas-Sized Gasification Complex
Linde's recent announcement of plans for a new gasification plant will create the world's largest gas-based partial oxidation complex for the production of syngas products for petrochemicals.
Sequester Grounds 'Cadillac of Air Combat'
The sequester, modernization efforts, BRAC, and defense infrastructure are all inextricably tied together and this week more signs of the consequences of the changing dynamics at the Pentagon as we learn the Air Force has ordered the 336th Fighter Squadron to stop flying its F-15E Strike Eagles.
Drone Protests Demonstrate Need for Industry Engagement
Protestors this week in Atlanta wearing large hats in the shape of drones and holding signs with the White House switchboard phone number signal the increasingly important and immediate need for industry to be fully engaged in the debate and decisions made in Washington.
Will Obama’s Summer Trip to Africa ‘Power’ His Legacy to the Continent?
In the first of a two part interview, Cassidy & Associates Senior Vice President Mark Clack discusses a renewed emphasis on Africa by the White House as it prepares for President Obama's trip to sub-Saharan Africa this summer and a potential initiative addressing "energy poverty" on the continent.
Look to the Sky for Washington’s Fight This Summer
Yesterday’s remarks by President Obama addressing questions raised by Attorney General Eric Holder’s recent admission that counterterrorism drone strikes have killed four Americans overseas since 2009 provided a preview of what’s expected to be one of summer’s most heated legislative battles in Washington.
Bangladesh Tells U.S. to Butt Out While Wanting Trade Preferences
Cassidy & Associates Vice Chairman Gregg Hartley writes, if the government of Bangladesh won’t listen to constructive criticism from its largest market in the face of what is clearly a gross violation of human rights, perhaps we should consider giving the government of Bangladesh just what it’s asking, starting with denial of trade preferences.
Cassidy Client, LTC, Key Player in $7B Renewable Energy Project for Army
Congratulations are in order for Lakeshore TolTest, LTC, as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently announced the company is one of only five private sector players in its first geothermal awards of its $7 billion renewable energy program.
The New Realities of National Security
Cassidy & Associates Senior Vice President Nicole Di Resta discusses the new realities of national security at the Pentagon where every area of defense will feel the impact of budget tightening ranging from large to small weapons systems, service contracts, research and development, even the care of our servicemembers and their families.
Cassidy to Help Build Diversity in the Boardroom
Cassidy & Associates and its sister company Weber Shandwick have started work on a multi-phased public affairs campaign for the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), a national group of current and former African American CEOs and senior executives at Fortune 500 and equivalent companies.
Cassidy Sizes Up The First Hundred Days
Gerry Cassidy, the man who The Washington Post said “helped invent the new Washington”, talks disappointment, compromise, the economy and legacy all in the first hundred days of President Barack Obama’s second term.
Friendly Skies Feeling the Crunch of Washington's Sequester Cuts
This morning's WTOP News update, sponsored by Cassidy & Associates, takes a closer look at the consequences of Washington's sequester deadlock that started to kick in at airports across the nation.
Protecting the Environment Not a Top Priority for Americans on Earth Day
Forty-three years after the first Earth Day celebration, a Pew Research Center survey finds environmental issues squarely in the middle of Americans’ priority lists.
American Clean-Tech Firms Look to Chinese to Cross 'Valley of Death'
With renewed scrutiny in Washington of federal investment in clean energy technology, many American clean-tech companies are starting to look East to bridge the $4.5 billion capital shortfall expected to plague the industry over the next three years.
BRAC ALERT - Pentagon Preps for New BRAC Round

As expected, President Obama’s budget request for FY 2014 includes a request to Congress to authorize a new Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round in 2015.

Staking Out Positions on US-EU Free Trade Agreement
Members of Congress, the European Commission President and the French Trade Minister are among some of the more notables who’ve spoken out, some to encourage progress on the agreement and some to pull back on the reigns.
Cassidy’s National Security Team Mobilizing Clients Ahead of Budget Announcement
The White House is expected to submit President Barack Obama’s FY2014 budget to Congress on April 10, but the Cassidy & Associates National Security Team has been mobilizing its clients across the country far in advance of next week’s action.
Cassidy’s Mark Clack to Moderate US-Africa Panel at Harvard's Kennedy School
Is America’s approach to foreign assistance suitable for Africa’s changing dynamics? Cassidy & Associates Senior Vice President Mark Clack will help answer that question and many others on the rising significance of US-Africa relations as he moderates a panel discussion at the 9th Annual Black Policy Conference.
'Houston We Have a Problem'
Crew members aboard the International Space Station take a look at Cassidy online.
Do You Really Know the U.S. Senate? - Cassidy INFOGRAPHIC
From the ongoing fiscal standoff to key White House appointments, more than ever Washington is deferring critical decisions and waiting for action from the ‘world’s deliberative body’ also known as the United States Senate.
Tracking Emerging Chinese Multinationals and Media
Encouraging Chinese companies to become leaders in the global knowledge economy is a core goal of the Chinese government’s current economic development plan. Cassidy Senior Associate Molly Mark-Doppman discusses recent survey results examining emerging Chinese multinationals and media.
Cassidy Gets a New Look on Twitter
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China's 'Lianghui' has Implications for Foreign Investors
As Asia-watchers, security hawks, investors and others around the globe know well, the annual meetings of China’s legislature, the National People’s Congress (NPC), and its twenty-two hundred member political advisory body, the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), opened last week, where major decisions about the future of the country are likely to be made and where the stage for the incoming administration will be set.
Cassidy & Associates Upgrades YouTube Channel
Have you checked out the new YouTube One Channel layout?
Cassidy's 'Green' Building Makes Small Screen Debut on House of Cards
The opening sequence to Netflix’s popular online ‘TV show’, House of Cards, includes the new state of the art, LEED Gold Certified Green building that Cassidy & Associates calls home.
Can Washington Avert a Government Shutdown?
Check out this morning's weekly WTOP News update, sponsored by Cassidy & Associates, on Washington's ongoing fiscal standoff.
Catch Today's WTOP News Update on Washington's Sequester Deadline?
Cassidy & Associates sponsored weekly news updates airing Thursday mornings on WTOP News covers Washington's ongoing fiscal standoff, take a look and listen here.
Cassidy & Associates Extends WTOP Partnership for News on Washington's Continued Fiscal Standoff
Cassidy & Associates CEO Gerald Cassidy announced today that the firm is extending its on-air and online partnership with WTOP by sponsoring its continued coverage of weekly updates on Washington’s ongoing fiscal standoff.
Cassidy & Associates Celebrates New Washington Office for Boston University
Cassidy & Associates CEO Gerry Cassidy marks a successful milestone for Boston University and looks to a future with continued accomplishment.
EaglePicher Technologies Marks 10 Years with Cassidy & Associates
Cassidy & Associates Vice Chair Gregg Hartley announces that EaglePicher Technologies will continue its 10 year relationship with Cassidy as its Lithium-ion Aircraft Battery nears certification.
Top Five Percent
Online business networking powerhouse LinkedIn recognizes Cassidy & Associates Vice Chairman Gregg Hartley.
Protect and Connect Spotlights Cassidy's Clients
The new Cassidy & Associates online series, Protect and Connect, provides an ongoing look at our clients in Washington and around the world. Cassidy Vice Chairman Gregg Hartley opens the series with an introduction to AT&T.
What's China's stake in Washington?
Get some answers from a new episode of Cassidy's On Site series as a Chinese aerospace delegation participates in Cassidy & Associates' ongoing public policy symposium.
Cassidy Hosts Chinese Aerospace Delegation
Cassidy & Assoicates hosts Chinese delegation for second in series of public policy roundtable discussions in Washington.
Gerry Cassidy Remembers Sen. Inouye
Cassidy & Associates Chief Executive Gerald Cassidy remembers his friend, U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye.
Cassidy Kicks Off New Holiday Tradition with Release of Online Video Greeting
Cassidy & Associates CEO Gerald Cassidy helped kick off a new tradition this morning as the firm released a holiday video greeting on the C&A YouTube Channel.
Cassidy Partners with WTOP for 'Fiscal Cliff' News Updates
Cassidy & Associates CEO Gerald Cassidy announced today that the firm is partnering with the region’s ‘glass-enclosed nerve center’ at WTOP by sponsoring its news updates on developments on Capitol Hill and the White House as Washington approaches the ‘fiscal cliff.’
Who Will Lead Capitol Hill After the Election | A Cassidy Exclusive Report
In its continuing series of exclusive reports WASHINGTON After the Election, Cassidy & Associates removes the guesswork with its Leadership Report, tracking the next steps of leaders on Capitol Hill and identifying those who will make them.
WASHINGTON, After the Election | Exclusive Report
In an exclusive report, WASHINGTON, After the Election, the public policy experts of Cassidy & Associates have mapped out detailed next steps lawmakers and key decision makers on Capitol Hill will make in the lameduck session of Congress and into next year.
Gerry Cassidy: Demographics are Destiny
Cassidy & Associates CEO Gerald S.J. Cassidy shares his thoughts on the day after America votes in a new C&A online video and says "demographics are destiny" for both political parties.
Cassidy & Associates Pays Tribute to U.S. Senator George McGovern
Cassidy & Associates pays tribute to the late U.S. Senator and former presidential candidate George McGovern in a full page of today’s special edition of the Mitchell Daily Republic.
Cassidy Makes its Times Square Debut
Did you catch the recent debut of Cassidy & Associates in Times Square?
Year-End Funding
There are less than 2 months left in FY12. That means Agencies are balancing their checkbooks and trying to fund last-minute projects.
 
This is the season for government business
You should be busy bidding on government contracts…and if you're not, you should be--even if you're not going to bid on them directly yourself.
 
Open Source Intelligence

If you are thinking about tweeting about clouds, exercise or even Mexico, think again. Doing so may result in a closer look by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

 
Opportunities Are Everywhere
You just have to know where to look. Here are 2 basic rules.
 
Rapid Acquisition of Cyber Tools
Pentagon plans for priority weapons to be financed through the use of operational funds over a period of days or months.
 
Market, Market, Market
The 3 most important words to remember to be successful in building your Federal Business.
 
Cassidy & Associates Forms Strategic Alliance with AgriThority
Cassidy & Associates has developed a strategic partnership with Missroui based AgriThority.
 
House Armed Services Commitee Releases Report.
March 26, the House Armed Services Committee’s (HASC) Panel on Business Challenges Within the Defense Industry released their report: Challenges to Doing Business with the Department of Defense.
 
Opportunity
Gen Fraser, SOUTHCOM Commander; "I'm a combatant commander--I can always use more ISR."
 
White Space

There are 3 ways to create White Space in business.

1. Fulfilling unmet customer needs in a current market. 2. Creating new customers and new markets. 3. Responding to shifts in market demand created by government policy and new technology.
 
Bangladesh Court Erodes International Standards
In 2009, the Government of Bangladesh, led by Sheikh Hasina’s newly-elected Awami League Party, announced its intention to prosecute war crimes committed during Bangladesh’s 1971 War of Liberation
Mark Clack 
The 2013 Budget
All things considered, I would rather be in the Federal Sales market vs. the Commercial Sales market.
 
Upcoming BRAC
On January 5, 2012, President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin Dempsey discussed changes in the military’s long-term plans and how the proposed changes will establish future budgeting priorities.
Susann M. Edwards 
Game Changing Technology
We recently attended the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas where we discovered 2 game-changing technologies.
Susann M. Edwards 
The Gov Doesn’t Buy What It Doesn’t Trust And It Doesn’t Trust What It’s Not Familiar With
The best way to improve sales is to sell where they know you.
 
Federal Purchases Will Exceed $1.2 Trillion In The Fourth Quarter Of 2011
The race to exhaust funds and execute programs will be intense in 2012. Agencies will be motivated to spend their money before it gets taken away.
 
Reversibility and Expansibility
The act of generating needed capabilities and capacities quickly in response to operational demands in defence of our nation and its vital national interests.
 
If you think nothing is getting done…
Since Jan 3, 2011, the Senate has introduced 1914 bills and the House has introduced 3508 bills. 57 bills have been signed into law.
 
Thanksgiving

Even with the Failure of the Budget Super Committee we should be thankful...

Cuts do not take effect until 2013--giving us 13 months to prepare.

 
Black Friday
As the biggest shopping day of the year approaches, it's important to note the Federal Government is also "shopping."
 
The Korean and US Free Trade Agreement: Still a Work in Progress
While the US has finally signed the Korean-US Free Trade Agreement, there is still work to be done on the other side of the Pacific before the agreement takes effect.
Mark Hegarty and Kaitlin Bulavinetz  
It’s Time to Start Planning for FY13
The military services will begin briefing combatant commanders next week on their revised five-year spending plans as the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) begins its Fiscal Year 2013 budget review.
 
DoD Strategy
The Sec of Defense said the Pentagon is making “targeted changes” to weapons programs, upgrades and operations costs.
 
The Super Committee
After weeks of secret meetings, the deficit-cutting panel established under last summer's budget deal doesn’t look like its making progress.
 
“I’m losing $30M a year, but I can’t afford to stop paying.”
That’s a quote I recently heard from a high-level Government Executive. Yes…there are many inefficiencies out there, but who can afford to fix them in the current budget environment?
 
Continuing Resolution
Congress will take up a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government the week of Sept. 19th, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) stated September 13th, which could prevent a government shutdown caused by Congress not passing appropriations bills by the new fiscal year
 
Vacations & Guides
I am just getting back from a trip to Morocco. It was great and I saw "everything" because I hired a guide.
 
Opportunity
New regulations and budget cuts always lead to new business.
 
Medical Device Regulation
An important element of the ongoing healthcare debate is the regulation of medical devices. To date, there has been much ambiguity in regards to the Administration’s intentions.
 
DoD Budget Facts
In past years a decrease in "war funding" has always led to a decrease in defense funding because war funding was part of the defense budget.
 
$37.8 Million Awarded To Universities For Research Equipment
The Department of Defense announced plans to award $37.8 million to academic institutions to support the purchase of research instrumentation. There were 165 awards to 83 academic institutions.
 
U.S. District Judge Concludes Ban on Corporate Contributions to Federal Campaigns Unconstitutional
U.S. District Court Judge James C. Cacheris ruled last week on a motion to dismiss certain counts of an indictment charging an alleged scheme to make illegal contributions to a 2006 Senate campaign and a 2008 Presidential campaign.
 
Hi, I'm a Contractor
It seems the Department of Defense is trying to drive a wedge between Government and Industry.
 
Game Time
The Federal Government has 6 months to spend a 12 month budget.
 
Proliferation of Counterfeit Prescription Drugs
Americans face a new and widely overlooked threat. Counterfeit prescription drugs are being unknowingly consumed across our nation. Without changes in policy, this issue will continue to grow at an already alarming pace.
 
The NCAA Final 4 and Business
None of the “usual favorites” are playing for this year’s National Basketball Championship. This year’s “Final Four” consists of 4 teams who were counted out from the beginning of the basketball tournament—but, each team has two things in common: A great game plan and preparation.
 
Tax-Free Budget Stimulus on the Back Burner
In the recent discussions about budget proposals and spending cuts, one piece of legislation that would boost our economy—the South Korea–United States Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA)—has been absent.
 
Future Federal Procurements
What the Multi-Billion Dollar USAF Air Refueling Tanker Competition Means for Business...
 
Coalitions
With shrinking budgets and increased workloads, the federal government needs the private sector to help cut operating costs.
 
Implementing Dodd-Frank
Bloomberg Businessweek ran an article last Tuesday on Chairman Bachus’ letter to the Financial Services Committee regarding implementation of Dodd-Frank’s new rules for Wall Street. In his letter the Chairman stressed his intention to review implementation of the Volker rule and in particular to:
 
Health Financing in the Developing World
Management Sciences for Health’s January newsletter highlights various initiatives in health financing in the developing world, including an innovative financing partnership in Uganda with USAID and local partners which helps Ugandans meet critical family planning needs.
Molly Mark-Doppman 
The Door May Be Opening Wider on Endowments
Senator Grassley continues his focus on the investment and payout policies of endowments. It is no secret that he and others in the tax writing committees have long held concerns about the actions and composition of certain sub-sets of the nonprofit sector.
 
Saving Fuel
In an effort to save the US military money, Gander Airport, in New Foundland, Canada, is “speeding up” its aircraft servicing and creating a rapid refueling program for US military aircraft that land there.
 
Is There a Hint of Tax Relief in the Air for Corporate America?
While there will certainly be plenty of disagreement on details, it appears there may be some level of consensus in this Congress on the need for tax reform, including corporate tax reform.
 
Rabbits and Fences (Part 3)
There is current technology that allows us to inspect internal source code and third-party code and it does not require companies to expose their valuable source code.
 
Rabbits and Fences (Part 2)
What do you do if the rabbit (you are trying to keep out of your garden) is living inside your garden? The answer seems quite simple, but this is the problem we are living with in cyber security.
 
Rabbits and Fences (Part 1)
In conversations concerning cyber security, the topic of building firewalls always comes up. People believe if they build a big enough fence it will keep the threat out. The problem is the threat is already inside the fence.
 
The “Supplemental” U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement
On December 3rd, it was announced the U.S. and South Korea had reached an agreement to amend the three year old free trade agreement known as KORUS FTA.
Mark Clack 
Could We Be Seeing the Start of Bipartisanship?
It could be argued that the tax deal brokered between the White House and Republicans earlier this week hints at the start of bipartisan dealings to come in the new year.
 
The End Game
This week the entire forty-two member Senate Republican Conference sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Reid making it clear they would vote against cloture on a motion to consider any legislation until the chamber has acted to fund the government and extend the Bush-era tax cuts.
 
Status of Food Safety Bill
In response to a large peanut butter recall early in 2009 a bi-partisan coalition of Senators introduced a bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1936.
Donna Jo Denison 
Trade in The Balance
The recent failure of the U.S. and South Korea to reach a final agreement on the U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement should be viewed as a temporary setback.
Mark Clack 
Cyber Protection — Who’s Checking The Back Door?
While Bill S. 3480 – Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010 (sponsored by Senators Lieberman and Collins) is a good start, it does not adequately address the protection of our nation’s critical cyber supply chain.
 
Protecting Existing Business
With the government focused on reducing expenses it is more important than ever to focus on retaining business.
 
Support for Allies in East Africa
In light of the October 29th interception of two explosive devices on cargo flights departing from Yemen and headed for the West, the recently-released Congressional Research Service (CRS) report by Lauren Ploch, “Countering Terrorism in East Africa: The U.S. Response,” is both timely and relevant.
Molly Mark-Doppman 
Energy Legislation in the New Congress
With the 2010 election results almost complete, guesswork is in high gear about both the direction and scope of energy legislation in the 112th Congress.
Tom Dennis 
Investment Deferred is Growth Deferred…You Get What You Pay For
One of the greatest, and confusing, disappointments of the 111th Congress has been its inability to enact legislation to re-authorize a broad array of infrastructure programs.
 
Nonprofits Still Under the Microscope
There is some belief that partisanship in the 112th Congress will be worse than what we say in the 111th. However, it would be a mistake to believe that we are destined for two years of outright Congressional gridlock.
 
Election Impact Pending Food & Agriculture Policy – Lame Duck and Beyond
The Mid-term power shift will result in significant changes on both the Senate and House Agriculture Committees.
Donna Jo Denison 
Veteran's Day Remembrance
Each Veteran’s Day gives us an opportunity to focus on the contributions and sacrifices the members of our military have and are still making. We honor them and thank them for all they have done for our country.
Arthur Mason 
Remembrance of Veterans
On a recent Veteran’s Day, Gerry Cassidy hosted the annual Cassidy & Associates Veterans Day luncheon for all of us in the firm who had served in the armed forces. Our Guest of Honor was the oldest living Marine at the time, Mr. Herb Bowen.
Terry Paul, BG, USMC (Ret) 
Debate over SEC Whistleblower Bounties
Last week the SEC issued a set of proposed rules regarding whistleblower bounties. Some believed that the whistle blower provision as originally written in the bill, could lead to rulemaking that encouraged employees with knowledge of malfeasance to eschew internal integrity programs in favor of going directly to the SEC.
 
The U.S. Trade Agenda
Now that Washington, D.C. has had an opportunity to thoroughly digest and analyze last week’s mid-term election and dramatic gains by the Republican Party, the nation’s attention has pivoted toward consideration of whether or not a divided government can effectively work together to aid our nation’s economic recovery. One area where many Washington analysts believe progress through compromise can be made is in U.S. Trade policy.
Mark Clack 
GOP Gains - Impact Key Health Care Policy Issues
Capitalizing on voter discontent, Republicans claimed control of the House of Representatives picking up 60 seats with a few right leaning races still to be decided. In the Senate the Republicans gained six seats outright.
Jordan Bernstein 
Will They or Won’t They?
The mid-term elections have provided more certainty to the ideological direction of the next Congress. What remains to be seen is how jubilant Republicans and melancholy Democrats will cooperate with each other for the remainder of the 111th Congress.
 
Elections, Taxes and Lame Duck
Since the polls closed and results started flowing, people have been trying to analyze what the future holds for tax issues in the lame duck session and into the new year. It is hard to predict accurately what will unfold.
 
A Peek Into What is on the Lame Duck Agenda
The mid-term elections are still several days away, but that hasn’t stopped some from looking ahead to the final weeks of the year when Congress will be focused on must-pass legislation to keep the government open for business.
 
A “Forward Deployed” U.S. Foreign Policy Focus
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has just embarked on a 13 day mission to Vietnam, China, Cambodia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, and Australia. The travel mirrors an interesting shift in U.S. foreign policy strategy under the current administration.
Mark Clack and Elizabeth Tregaskis Gordon  
Change, Energy and Pride
As you can see, we have launched a new website and we are very excited. I believe it reflects three elements at the core of our success on behalf of our clients– embracing change, a vibrant energy and a great pride.
Gerald S. J. Cassidy 
Will Lame-Duck Deliver an Estate Tax Compromise?
Many people across the country were surprised late last year when Congress failed to pass an estate tax fix of any kind. It seemed impossible that Congress would allow the estate tax to lapse given the massive revenue loss. But here we are and the “tax-free” year is quickly coming to an end.
 
Is the Value-Added Tax a Possible Solution?
Recently, there has been renewed debate about whether or not adoption of this type of tax structure would help the U.S. address the growing deficit and debt problem.
 
Health Care Reform Poses Risks to Hospital Exemptions
The passage of the health care reform act impacted many facets of the not-for-profit health sector. There is now some concern that the tax exemption for hospitals is at risk of being eliminated at some point in the future.
 
Lame Duck The Main Course and Its’ Side Dishes
Thanksgiving in Washington comes early this year and the dinner plates will be overflowing.
 
More Scrutiny in the Non-Profit Sector
The excerpt below is from a BNA Daily Tax Report (sub. req’d) article on a complaint filed against a number of BCS bowl related entities by Playoff PAC an organization advocating for a college football postseason.
 
Will Egg Recall Scramble Up Action on Food Safety Bill?
The recent egg recall, due to an aggressive outbreak of Salmonella, only served to increase the public pressure on the Senate to pass S510, the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Donna Jo Denison 
Government Lacks Clear Direction on Cyber
In a recent article, The Washington Post reports that a year after publishing its cyber-security policy review, the White House continues to lack a coherent strategy for preventing cyber attacks.
 
The Right Mix for All Political Climates
The New York Times recently highlighted efforts by some lobbying firms in Washington to hire additional Republicans to boost their influence if the Republican Party succeeds in regaining control of the House Representatives and the Senate after the November elections. It was a familiar story about the implications of shifts in the balance of power in Washington.
Gerald S. J. Cassidy 
Congress Returns to Work
After a six-week Recess including town hall meetings and aggressive messaging, the House and Senate return to Washington with a full plate of work.
 
Growing Concern over Declining Livestock Farms
New information on the dwindling numbers of livestock producers in the U.S. has prompted a series of meetings led by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsak over the last few months.
Donna Jo Denison 
Small Business Involvement in Government Contracts Good for Both Parties
Including small businesses in competitions for government contracts has long been an important issue.
 
Corporations Not Spending on Hiring
The Washington Post ran an article on Saturday August 21, 2010 on the disparity between corporate profits and corporate spending on new workers. Recovery will not come under the current paradigm
Robert G. Owens 
Guinea: Moving On to the Second Round Election
As posted earlier today on the Huffington Post
Amos Hochstein and Mark Clack  
Cooperation Key to Cyber Security
This past week, it was reported that DHS has been dispatching teams of cyber security experts to assess defensive capabilities at key power plants across the country.
 
Improving Trade with Africa
Quietly and effectively, the Obama Administration is in the process of instituting a U.S.-Africa policy that promotes enhanced trade between the United States and Sub Saharan Africa (SSA).
Mark Clack 
Export Promotion
The Brookings Institute’s Metropolitan Studies Program published a report last month which examines how exports impact U.S. metropolitan economies. Export Nation found evidence that export intensive industries boost growth, provide higher wages and foster innovation.
Gerald S. J. Cassidy 
Guinea: A Triumph for African Democracy
As posted earlier today on the Huffington Post. What is happening today in the Republic of Guinea deserves a closer look from other African nations and the international community.
 
The Future of Both Food Safety and BPA Uncertain
As the days and weeks tick down, so do the chances of passage for a number of bills held up in the Senate. One of these is S.510, better known as the Food Safety Bill.
Jordan Bernstein 
Second Blow Dealt to Airbus in Midst of Refueling Tanker Controversy
In a recent blog post, I described the recent World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling that airline manufacturer Airbus benefitted unfairly from European Union subsidies. More recent news has broken, as the WTO has decided to delay its decision on a similar case examining whether Airbus competitor Boeing also benefitted from similar subsidies.
 
MacArthur’s Prescient West Point Address
Could Gen MacArthur have envisioned this level of cooperation, and the use of today’s information technology.
 
The MINI E
My wife and I decide to write the MINI E down as something to consider in the future when replacing a commuter vehicle.
 
Boeing-Airbus Dispute Highlights Potential Government Acquisition Pitfalls
In a ruling that many US Senators are already hailing as a “landmark decision”, the WTO has effectively shaken up the commercial aircraft market landscape.
 
Eleven Charged With Failing to Register as Foreign Agents
While the media has characterized the eleven people recently arrested on a complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan as members of a “Russian spy ring”
 
Stationary Fuel Cells Important Part of Natural Gas Sector
MIT released an interim report today examining the future of natural gas as a fuel in an increasingly emissions averse world
Terry Paul, BG, USMC (Ret) 
Free Trade Agreement Will Aid Korean Security
One way to benefit both the US and Korea is to finally approve the US and Korean Free Trade Agreement, which was signed on June 30, 2007.
 
The Calendar, The Supreme Court and Child Nutrition
Supreme Court nominations have the potential to echo through history. It is the President’s opportunity to impact the tenor of the court long after his term has ended
Gerald S. J. Cassidy 
Straw Donor Campaign Contributions
Last week The Ninth Circuit reversed a trial court’s dismissal of charges in an indictment alleging that a California man had violated federal law by contributing $26,000
 
Spending Weariness Jeopardizes Already Crowded Legislative Schedule
Over the weekend President Obama sent a letter to Congress urging them to pass a measure to shore up state and local budgets and stave off public employee layoffs
 
Some May Have to Change Health Plans
Over the weekend, draft regulation was leaked concerning the grandfathering of employer sponsored healthcare plans in existence prior the implementation of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Jordan Bernstein 
Bill to Bolster Education as Counterinsurgency Tool
Earlier this year, legislation was introduced in the House that, as much as anything we’ve seen, strikes at the heart of some of the most challenging foreign policy, international affairs and security issues that the U.S. faces today
 
Team Play Important in Politics Too
I got a blast campaign email today from Dr. Charles Crist, Sr. who is the father of current Florida Governor Charlie Crist who is running for the U.S. Senate. When it became apparent that the Governor would not win his party’s nomination in the primary, he quit being a team player. He decided to run as an independent.
 
Racing the Clock
With less than 60 legislative days on the Congressional Calendar before the 2010 mid-term elections, Congress finds itself with much unfinished business.
 
Solving Dropout Problem Requires Diverse Approach
Children vary in how they think, how they learn and how they cope. That diversity has to be addressed if schools are going to be successful in helping them complete their education. And, not all schools are equally prepared for that challenge.
 
Energy or Climate Legislation or Both?
Congressional consideration of legislation to address our energy problems seems to be moving to the front burner again.
Tom Dennis 
Afghan Peace Jirga Concludes
After my first ever visit to Kabul, Afghanistan last month, I’ll be paying close attention to what action the Afghan government takes on the heels of last week’s “peace jirga”
Molly Mark-Doppman 
Legislators Need to Consider Latest in Telemedicine when Discussing Health IT
With the federal government currently trying to implement health care reform legislation, Cassidy & Associates continues to stay abreast of the political landscape.
 
FEC Rules for Campaign Advocacy at Work
As primary season gets into full swing and the November midterms approach it is important for corporate employees in Washington and across the country to be mindful of the rules governing campaign work in the office
 
Farmers Qualify for Stimulus Funds due to Heavy Rains
Despite record rains and flooding in Iowa, 2008 was a good year for farmers. Due to spikes in prices for crops such as corn and soybeans, net farm income increased 60% from 2007 to 2008. However, even farms that had a profitable year received an extra influx of cash due to a provision in the Stimulus bill.
Donna Jo Denison 
Increasing Challenges in Haiti Require the Latest in Disaster Relief Innovations
As hurricane season begins in the Caribbean, aid organizations worry that tropical storms will exacerbate the challenges already facing relief workers in Haiti.
 
Congress Must Address Transportation and Infrastructure
With much to do both in Washington and back in their districts, members are under a constant time crunch. Unfortunately this can leave important initiatives in jeopardy.
Gerald S. J. Cassidy 
Farm Bill 2012 Discussions Play Out Across the Country
The House Agriculture Committee is in the process of holding a series of hearings across the country in order to review the current agricultural policy as lawmakers prepare to draft the 2012 Farm Bill
Jordan Bernstein 
Federal Policy Important to U.S. Business Leaders
CFOs are always looking for ways to reduce risk and achieve greater return on investment
Robert G. Owens 
Survey Concludes Nonprofit Hospitals Falling Short
This survey will almost certainly make it into the hands of those in Congress working behind the scenes on nonprofit tax reform
 
The Rise of the Private Sector in Trade Facilitation
Since 2008, negotiations by the World Trade Organization on multilateral agreements have stalled. Disagreements on major issues between key nations have resulted in a deadlock. Coupled with a domestic political stalemate on three free trade agreements, all of which have been negotiated but are stalled in Congress, the future of bilateral trade barrier reduction is uncertain.
Donna Jo Denison 
The Healthcare Bill: Potential Effects in the Corporate World
The recently passed healthcare bill which aims to cover millions of uninsured Americans included several provisions that corporations are feeling the effects of, in spite of the fact that many of these conditions will not be enforced until 2014.
Jordan Bernstein 
Derivatives Provision May Alter Tax Treatment
BNA news (subscription) has reported that Alan Fu, of Prudential Financial Services, sent an email to the Treasury Department in which he highlights a possible effect of the Financial Services Reform bill currently before the Senate. Fu wrote that:
 
Oil Spill Oversight Hearings Announced
While impacts are still being assessed, undoubtedly there will be far reaching economic and environmental repercussions for the region
Donna Jo Denison 
Continuing the Updates on Climate Change Legislation
Cassidy & Associates Sr. VP Tom Dennis gives another update on where things stand with the Senate’s latest effort to move Climate Change legislation forward.
Tom Dennis 
First Steps Taken Towards Next Farm Bill
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Colin Peterson has held and scheduled a number of oversight field hearings across the country to advance consideration of the reauthorization of the Farm Bill which expires in 2012
Donna Jo Denison 
Partnership for Philanthropic Planning Urges Lawmakers to Extend Tax Provision
The Partnership for Philanthropic Planning sent a letter to the ranking members of the Finance and Ways and Means Committees today urging them to move forward with reconciliation on the Tax Extenders Act of 2009.
 
FDA Considers Limits on Sodium
Currently, the food industry is not obligated to regulate the amount of sodium in products as sodium is generally recognized as safe by the FDA
Donna Jo Denison 
Tax Exemption and Philanthropy
The GAO report previously highlighted shows that the government is taking a hard look at tax exemptions in the Internal Revenue Code.
 
Energy Bill Picking up Steam in Congress?
The long-awaited Kerry-Graham-Lieberman draft of a climate bill is slated to be released on April 26th, and President Obama is weighing in
Tom Dennis 
Key US Enroute Air Bases, Like Gander International Airport, Need to be Maintained
Recent events in Kyrgyzstan emphasize the importance of the U.S. Air Force world-wide infrastructure.
 
Supreme Court Departure Likely to Impact Climate Change Legislation in 2010
Last Friday’s announced retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens may have the unintended consequence of also retiring fleeting hopes for the passage of a comprehensive climate change and energy bill during this session of Congress.
Tom Dennis 
Growing Deficit May Force Tax Revisions or Spending Cuts
The easy targets have already been taken — leading the government to start seriously considering areas that were previously unthinkable.
 
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