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Admiral Paul GrosklagsCassidy & Associates hosted Vice Admiral Paul Grosklags, Commander Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), in our office in downtown Washington this week. The Admiral spoke to a gathering of retired flag officers from the D.C. area outlining his priorities and progress since assuming command in October of last year. He also shared his thoughts on a number of other NAVAIR issues as he answered questions from attendees.

 


From Environment and Energy Daily

Cassidy AssociatesReid aide heads to lobbying firm
Kevin Bogardus, E&E News reporter
Published: Monday, December 5, 2016

Ryan Mulvenon, a longtime aide to Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, is joining Cassidy & Associates, a prominent lobbying firm.

Mulvenon, who spent 11 years working for Reid, including as his environmental and energy policy adviser, will be a vice president at the firm.

In a farewell email sent Friday and obtained by E&E News, Mulvenon said he was “excited about this new opportunity” at Cassidy, where he starts today.

“My time working for Senator Reid has availed me with so many opportunities to meet, work, and learn from so many of you. Thank you for helping to make the time so rewarding,” Mulvenon wrote.

Kai Anderson, Cassidy’s CEO and a former deputy chief of staff for Reid, has known Mulvenon for years. Anderson said in an interview with E&E News that Mulvenon was “a detail-oriented staffer” and would be a vital asset for the firm.

“He is on the policy circuit, which is pretty valuable for clients in a time of uncertainty with a new administration. He can help put together pieces of legislation that can work,” Anderson said about Mulvenon.

Before serving as a policy adviser for Reid, Mulvenon worked on energy and environment, as well as agriculture and natural resources legislation for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee. He also has been a legislative aide in Reid’s personal office.

Mulvenon earned bachelor’s degrees in history and political science from Xavier University and a master’s degree in legislative affairs from George Washington University.

Cassidy is one of the top-earning firms on K Street. The lobby shop has brought in $9.07 million in fees so far this year and represents the biofuels group Fuels America, Intel Corp. and Microsoft Corp., according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a campaign finance watchdog.

Cassidy has sought to bolster its energy and environmental practice over the years, and Mulvenon’s hire fits in with that goal. The firm also includes Amelia Jenkins, former deputy staff director and senior policy adviser to House Natural Resources Committee ranking member Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), and Kaleb Froehlich, former senior counsel to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Republicans.

Reid is retiring after the current Congress wraps up. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) will replace him as Senate Democratic leader.


senate-energy-575pxBloomberg BNA talks to Cassidy Vice President Kaleb Froehlich as it takes an exclusive look at the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and what’s ahead next year when a new Congress starts its work.

The major energy bill currently in conference remains a priority on all sides to get to the president’s desk in the lame duck, former and current Senate energy committee aides and observers told Bloomberg BNA.

But under a Murkowski chairmanship, some issues from the bill could be revisited in another energy bill in 2017.

“Sen. Murkowski feels like this was certainly a good step forward,” Kaleb Froehlich, former senior counsel to Murkowski on the Senate energy committee and now vice president at Cassidy & Associates in Washington, told Bloomberg BNA, referring to the energy bill (S. 2012). “This shouldn’t be a once-in-a-decade exercise.”

Froelich said areas where Murkowski sees room for improvement or some major issues such as permitting reform in the energy bill, could be revisited in 2017.

Murkowski may also look to focus on additional priorities more intensely in 2017. Western water issues, oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and a funding fix for firefighting are all also possibilities for her agenda, Froelich said.


Sen Chuck SchumerThe Washington Post is taking note of Cassidy Senior Vice President Nicole DiResta as one of only a handful of “high-profile former Schumer aides-turned-lobbyists.”

The paper reports “it is a good time to be a (Sen. Chuck) Schumer aide downtown, as companies and lobby firms are hungry for any insight into the senator’s thinking and legislative agenda come January.”

Read the full article here >>>


Alcoa’s spinoff company Arconic debuts today and has signed on with Cassidy to direct its initial congressional outreach. Arconic
Cassidy will also be leading Arconic’s lobbying efforts in industry relevant issues in defense, energy, manufacturing, trade and tax.

The Washington Post reports this morning, “Arconic has tapped Russ Thomasson, former chief of staff to Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Tex.), to serve as the company’s first hired gun on K Street. Thomasson left the leadership office in 2015 and now works at Cassidy & Associates.”

Read the entire Post article here >>>


Washingon top lobbyists 2016Who are the best lobbyists in DC? The Hill newspaper and its reporters have the answer this morning in the paper’s annual list of top advocates in Washington.

At the top of the lineup for the third year in a row… Cassidy CEO Kai Anderson and Chairman Barry Rhoads who the paper says “have shown an ability to get things done.”

See the list here >>>


video tellerDid you know nearly 20 percent of U.S. households don’t have access to some basic banking services like a checking account? Cassidy client NCR is working with Washington on solutions to help these underbanked Americans.

NCR has always had a strong focus on financial inclusion and innovation, starting with the cash register over a century ago and today its technologies power eight of the top 10 mobile banking apps in the United States.

NCR executive Marija Zivanovic-Smith writes in a recent blog, “Financial inclusion is about much more than just having a bank account. At its root level, it is a key element of social and economic inclusion. It is about helping people participate in today’s connected economy.”

Read the full blog here >>>


Joint Base McGuire-Dix-LakehurstThe Burlington County Times reports this afternoon that “New Jersey has rehired (Cassidy & Associates) to assist with efforts to protect Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and the state’s other military installations from cutbacks and closures, and to develop strategies to attract new missions.”

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, chair of the state’s Military Installation Growth and Development Task Force, made the announcement, “I am pleased to announce the well-respected firm Cassidy & Associates has been selected as the advocate for our state’s military installations.”

Read more here >>


Cassidy & Associates helped Ocean Spray kick off the first of a wave of exciting cranberry events across the nation celebrating the 200th cranberry harvest at USDA’s Farmer’s Market.  Ocean Spray grower, Allison Carr, shared with USDA officials a new partnership with Scholastic to help bring ag in the classroom to over 40 thousand elementary classrooms across the nation.  Also, while in the nation’s Capital, Ocean Spray visited with students at Smothers Elementary School who learned firsthand about the rich history of the cranberry, one of three native US fruit crops and how they are grown, harvested and produced.


The Cassidy Defense Team released its annual summer policy report on issues affecting America’s defense America's Defense Communitiescommunities today. The newsletter to clients explores issues and policies surrounding the future of our nation’s military installations and the communities that support them while summarizing information gathered at the recent Association of Defense Communities 2016 National Summit. Cassidy helped sponsor the annual event.

For the full report contact Susann Edwards at susann@cassidy.com.

 


Cassidy Chairman Barry Rhoads helps kick off the Association of Defense Communities 2016 National Summit today in Washington with a discussion on how to effectively engage the Department of Defense.


Cassidy & Associates is proud to sponsor Defense Communities 2016 National Summit this week in Washington. Understanding the mission of our nation’s military installations and the communities that support them and what it takes to be “at the ready” is the focus of this year’s annual summit.

Did you know just how great an impact these communities have on our nation’s economy?

  • With over 1.3 million men and women on active duty, and 742,000 civilian personnel, the Department of
    Defense is the nation’s largest employer.
  • The indirect and direct employment associated with the U.S. aerospace and defense industry is a minimum of 3.5 million jobs.
  • The Department of Defense utilizes over 30 million acres of land.
  • DoD has approximately 431,000 facilities or assets in the U.S.
  • The total industry generated an estimated $37.8 billion in wage and income-based taxes of employees to state and federal government treasuries.

US defense spending


Interpublic’s Women’s Leadership Network (WLN) held a lunch seminar on career advancing this afternoon at the Cassidy office for its DC Chapter and featured Cassidy COO Jordan Bernstein as a panelist. IPG is the parent company of Cassidy & Associates and WLN is an empowered IPG-wide organization that promotes the advancement, retention and recruitment of women.

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Graduates of CUNY’s City College of New York experienced an extraordinary moment at their recent graduation ceremony as Michelle Obama gave her last commencement address as First Lady. More than 8,000 attended the event with extensive media coverage of her remarks. She was also presented with an honorary doctorate of humane letters by James Milliken, the chancellor of the City University of New York (CUNY). You can watch Mrs. Obama’s full address below.


Barry Rhoads BRACCassidy Chairman Barry Rhoads and the Cassidy BRAC Team were on site Friday in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania to assist the area’s Blue Ribbon Task Force in presenting an overview of the current Department of Defense budgetary environment and outlook for defense communities. The Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance supports the Tobyhanna Army Depot. 

The Times Leader reported the Cassidy Team “detailed key points on what needs to be said and done during a BRAC review.” It also quoted Barry telling community leaders, “Bad military bases are now closed… The good bases, like Tobyhanna, remain open.” Rhoads said the next BRAC review will focus on efficiency and maximum cost savings. “And the focus will be on closures over realignment,” he said.

Read more here >>>


Have you ever wondered how long a satellite can last in space? You’re in luck, it’s Tech Tuesday and Cassidy client Inmarsat answers that question in a new episode of its video series, Space Bytes.


Senior Vice President Nicole Di Resta and her husband are featured in FOX News Sunday’s story on marriages that got their start in the office of U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer.


The Cassidy Defense Team delivered its analysis of New Jersey military installations last week as the Burlington County Times reports, “In a 168-page report, officials from Cassidy & Associates provide analysis of the current defense Fort Dixenvironment and the possibility of a new Base Realignment and Closure round in 2019, as well as the relative strengths, opportunities and challenges each of New Jersey’s remaining military installations might face during a BRAC, or from other defense cuts.”

The paper reported New Jersey officials welcomed the report, “Cassidy & Associates provided sound advice to New Jersey officials during previous base closure rounds, and that the firm’s new recommendations should carry significant weight.”

The article quotes former New Jersey Congressman Jim Saxton applauding Cassidy’s work, saying, “They have been our ace in the hole for years and years.”

Read more here >>>


View Glass 2Cassidy client View is giving USA Today the first behind the scenes look at how it creates its Smart Glass at its 300,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Olive Branch, Miss.

USA Today reports View “is making high-tech windows that have the potential to bring to buildings what high-resolution touchscreens did for smartphones.”

“The result is smart glass that increases energy efficiency and promises better worker productivity, via technology accessed through an app.”

Read more here >>>


CUNY in DCMalave Scholars of The City University of New York (CUNY), a Cassidy client, are on Capitol Hill this week discussing higher education reform, food security, and affordable housing with staff members from the New York Congressional Delegation including U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer and U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries as well as the House Agriculture Committee.

The CUNY Malave Academy provides an advanced level of co-curricular opportunities for students who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership on their campuses and in their communities. This unique program develops leadership values and skills through experiential civic engagement, advocacy activities, and leadership competency training. The Malave students learn how to be effective leaders both within CUNY and their own communities.


Cassidy CEO Kai Anderson spoke to Greenwire today on action he expects from Congress for the remainder of 2016 when it comes to energy and environmental issues.

There is also consideration of the Water Resources Development Act and energy tax credits that some lawmakers tried to Greenwireattach to the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill. In addition, there is legislation on chemical safety reform, as well as the reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, according to Kai Anderson, CEO of Cassidy & Associates.

“There is plenty of unfinished business at the end of any two-year Congress. Some pieces can be finished up this year. Some pieces need to be advanced as far as possible so that they can be fast out of the gate in the next Congress with a new president,” Anderson said.

Read more at Greenwire >>>


Tri Alpha Energy recently welcomed Congressman Mark Takano (CA) to its state-of-the-art facility, briefing him on its progress and the exciting potential for fusion-powered electricity technology. Congressman Takano met with Chief Science Officer for Tri Alpha Dr. Toshiki Tajima, along with CEO Dr. Dale Prouty and CTO Dr. Michl Binderbauer, who showcased the latest reactor version that has the ability to hold its plasma stable for 5 milliseconds.

Tri Alpha Energy is developing world-changing clean fusion energy technology for the near future.


ACORE Renewable Energy ForumNational and global policies are reshaping the renewable energy marketplace and today leaders across government, industry and academia are in Washington for the ACORE National Renewable Energy Policy Forum. Cassidy & Associates is a proud member of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and supporter of the annual gathering.

Cassidy Senior Vice President Dave Belote is at the event with Cassidy clients as the forum discusses and debates the best way to fully implement a roadmap for a low-carbon future. From the changing electricity marketplace to expanding capital for renewables and prospects for the Clean Power Plan, all are a part of today’s forum to help unite business, policy and finance to accelerate the transition to a renewable energy economy.


US Army Womens FoundationMarch is Women’s History Month and today Washington hosts the 8th Annual U.S. Army Women’s Foundation Summit. Cassidy Senior Vice President Michelle Greene is on site at the event as a member of the foundation’s advisory board.

The Summit brings together experts on defense, economic, political, health and social issues effecting soldiers. Attendees examine the changing military missions and roles of Army women and the challenges they face transitioning back to civilian life.

Michelle, a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the U.S. Army. Before joining Cassidy & Associates Michelle finished her Army career serving as the Chief of Congressional Affairs in the U.S. Army’s Office of the Surgeon General and an Army Budget Congressional Liaison. She is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.


InmarsatSatellite technology is transforming the way we live, work, and interact on a global scale and this week Washington plays host to the most important global satellite communications event of the year, SATELLITE. Cassidy Executive Vice President Terry Paul and Cassidy Vice President Vern Simmons are attending the annual event with Cassidy client Inmarsat, a lead sponsor.

The event brings together thousands of participants from around the world to focus on key global issues facing the industry. Inmarsat SVP for Government Strategy Inmarsat 2and Policy Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch is a featured participant at the event leading a panel discussion on the turning point for the Department of Defense in satellite acquisition and deployment. The panel included experts from the Pentagon, industry, and media.


Former Congressman Nick Rahall of West Virginia has joined Cassidy & Associates as a Senior Advisor. A centrist Democrat, he represented West Virginia’s Third District and was the dean of state’s congressional delegation serving for 38 years from 1977 to 2015.Nick_Rahall

Congressman Rahall served as Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee from 2007 to 2011 and was the Ranking Member on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee from 2011-2015.

A quarter of the bills he sponsored while in Congress related to public lands and natural resources. As Chairman, he worked to honor the Committee’s charge of serving the natural environment, wild lands, scenic vistas, fish and wildlife, Native Americans, and the public interest.

“We are pleased to have Congressman Rahall on board and the opportunity to rely on his expertise and network as we work to broaden our practices related to natural resource, public lands, transportation and infrastructure issues,” said Cassidy CEO Kai Anderson.

Kai added, “As a well-regarded leader with a track record of balancing conservation and development, Congressman Rahall knows the trends and players and can help us build on our success and capabilities in variety of pursuits.”

Congressman Rahall noted, “Cassidy has a top-notch team. I know firsthand of its impeccable work and how they work effectively to educate and empower Washington with the facts, insights and strategies so the government can make well-informed decisions.”

Read more on Congressman Rahall joining Cassidy at The Washington Post >>>


The leaders of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) are expected to have another go at the comprehensive energy bill in the coming days.

Meanwhile, Cassidy Vice President Kaleb Froehlich is outlining important takeaways from the bill in Cassidy’s new online video series Policy Point. The series launched today, will feature the expertise and background of the team of public policy experts at Cassidy. Kaleb served for nearly six years as Senior Counsel to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and its ranking member at the time, Sen. Murkowski.


Trout UnlimitedCassidy is proud to help honor volunteers of Trout Unlimited Veterans Service Partnership (VSP) tonight as the organization hosts its annual dinner in Washington. VSP is a nation-wide effort working with multiple organizations to use fishing and conservation as a way for wounded veterans to heal and find community through TU’s network of chapters.

Cassidy CEO Kai Anderson is a member of the event’s host committee and also serves on the Trout Unlimited Board of Trustees. 151 TU chapters in 39 states have helped 6,150 veterans to date through VSP and donated more than 194,000 hours in support of veterans.


Cassidy client Inmarsat works every day with DoD agencies creating powerful solutions that help meet military mission Inmarsatrequirements and leverage advances in commercial satellite communications capability. But more can be done to further integrate commercial capabilities and Inmarsat Senior Vice President for Government Strategy and Policy Rebecca M. Cowen-Hirsch is taking a closer look at what is being done in this “new era for the DoD and space.”

Cowen-Hirsch writes in a recent blog how proposed shifts in space policy and the adoption of a “satcom-as-a-service” model will usher in the next age of innovation in space.

“It is an era of uncertainty, as we cannot fully know the intent of our enemies, just as we cannot predict when and where the next natural disaster will compel our humanitarian assistance. It is also an age of opportunity to push SATCOM innovation to extraordinary levels of performance, as industry leaders work with government agencies to augment MILSATCOM with ideal coverage, capabilities, reliability, capacity, resiliency and security. With this, the military community will best position itself to prepare for any challenge, with completely secured access to the space assets needed to get the job done.”

Read more of her blog here>>>


Cassidy Arctic Symposium SeattleNational security, economic development and the environment were all topics tackled at the recent Arctic Encounter Symposium in Seattle. Cassidy Vice President Kaleb Froehlich was on site as a featured moderator to discussions at the largest annual Arctic policy event in the United States.

Cassidy & Associates was proud to sponsor the Seattle event and its international counterpart in Paris as part of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (COP 21) in December.

The AES mission is to raise awareness, engage challenges, and develop solutions for the future of the Arctic region and its people.