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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.
 
Black Friday
As the biggest shopping day of the year approaches, it's important to note the Federal Government is also "shopping."
 
Cassidy Energy Security Expert Featured Speaker at Defense Renewable Energy Summit
Cassidy & Associates Senior Vice President Dave Belote is among the energy security experts and a featured speaker this morning at the 4th Annual Defense Renewable Energy Summit in Washington.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Cassidy National Security Team Releases Resource Document for America’s Defense Communities
From BRAC, to climate change and energy, our military health system, to creating and fostering effective public and private partnerships, the Cassidy & Associates National Security Team analyzes it all in its proprietary resource document after participating in the annual National Summit of The Association of Defense Communities (ADC) in Washington, D.C.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Coalitions
With shrinking budgets and increased workloads, the federal government needs the private sector to help cut operating costs.
 
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 
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.
 
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 
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.
 
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 
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 
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 
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.
 
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 
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 
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.
 
Game Changing Technology
We recently attended the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas where we discovered 2 game-changing technologies.
Susann M. Edwards 
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 
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.
 
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.
 
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:
 
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.
 
Lame Duck The Main Course and Its’ Side Dishes
Thanksgiving in Washington comes early this year and the dinner plates will be overflowing.
 
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.
 
Market, Market, Market
The 3 most important words to remember to be successful in building your Federal Business.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Opportunity
New regulations and budget cuts always lead to new business.
 
Opportunity
Gen Fraser, SOUTHCOM Commander; "I'm a combatant commander--I can always use more ISR."
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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 
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 
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.
 
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.

 
The 2013 Budget
All things considered, I would rather be in the Federal Sales market vs. the Commercial Sales market.
 
The Conversation on BRAC Has Begun - Cassidy Resource Document Analyzes the Debate

The likelihood of a future BRAC round was the leading topic at the opening of the National Summit of The Association of Defense Communities (ADC) as it featured two senior defense officials making the case for new BRAC authority and this excerpt from the Cassidy National Security Team's Resource Document for America’s Defense Communities takes a closer look at their remarks.

 
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.
 
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.
 
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 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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