Our team consists of lobbyists who have years of experience working with both the legislative and administrative process of government locally, in Pennsylvania and federally. They have served at various levels and from both sides of the political spectrum.
Cohen & Grigsby Public Affairs (“C&G”) provides specialized knowledge and deep experience to developing entrepreneurs and established businesses seeking funding, facilities use, or equipment through federal programs, agencies and laboratories. These opportunities span the federal market place and include, but are certainly not limited to contracts, grants, cooperative research agreements, and even in-kind allocations through the United States Departments of:
- Homeland Security
The C&G federal network, business experience, and established capabilities (including business strategy, finance, accounting, operations, and marketing) support and enhance its clients’ efforts to identify and access federal assets and capital. C&G’s specific federal skill sets and experience include knowledge of federal resource identification and the federal procurement processes for emerging technologies and extensive experience in developing partnerships within the Federal Laboratory, technology transition, and research space.
C&G pairs emerging technologies with government entities, enabling technology development to proceed efficiently without relying on diluting investments. Specifically, C&G supports B-to-G partnerships via accepted federal technology transfer and development mechanisms such as:
- CRADA – Cooperative R & D Agreement – 15 U.S.C. § 3710(a)
- Contracts, Grants & Cooperative Agreements – 31 U.S.C. §§ 6303-6305
- PLA – Patented License Agreement – 35 U.S.C. §§ 207 and 209
- SBIR and STRR – 15 U.S.C. § 638
- Manufacturing Technology Assistance – 10 U.S.C. §2525
- IR&D – Independent Research & Development – DoDD 3204.1
- COSSI – Commercial Operations & Support Savings Initiative – 10 U.S.C. §2511
- DUS&T – Dual Use Science & Technology Program Omnibus Appropriations Act
- MPP – Mentor-Protégé Program – PL 101-510, NAA, Section 831
- CTA – Commercial Test Agreement – 10 U.S.C. § 2539(b)
- EPA – Educational Partnership Act – 10 U.S.C. § 2194
- Use of Facilities and Loaned Equipment – 10 U.S.C. § 2667 and others
- Unsolicited Proposals – FAR Subpart 15.6
- Partnerships/MOUs – DoDI 4000.19
Persuasive communications to federal decision-makers must use the right form, reach the right person, and offer the right data. Effective engagement means knowing your audience, what they expect, when, and how. It also requires a timely delivery, which in turn demands a strong knowledge of federal processes: legislative, regulatory, contracting, budgetary, and funding in general.
C&G enjoys strong relationships on Capitol Hill and in federal agencies, but its success is based on its ability to communicate clients’ information and requests and its ability to timely leverage federal processes. Consequently, C&G can successfully apply itself to almost any issue bringing its relationships to bear as needed.
Across the spectrum of federal opportunities and jurisdictions, C&G is especially able to help clients address:
- Congressional Communication Strategies;
- Trade Policy Issues, including Miscellaneous Tariff Bills to reduce or eliminate import taxes;
- Transportation Issues;
- Small Business Development Issues;
- Environmental & (Wildlife) Conservation Issues;
- Education Issues;
- Workforce Development Issues; and
- Disability Advocacy Issues.
C&G organizes and establishes small and medium sized associations and then manages their advocacy programs including:
- creating, funding, and directing new political action committees;
- providing issue analysis and advocacy strategies; and
- developing messaging, message delivery, and timing.
“Associations” organize for many reasons. Some promote education. Some rally for veterans. Others champion energy issues, protect the environment, develop manufacturing jobs, or simply network among industry partners. They are small coalitions, large political forces, local, national and their members do not always agree on every initiative or policy debate.
Associations, however, are not supposed to drive unanimous consent. They are platforms for like-minded companies, individuals, or non-profits to debate questions impacting them all, find compromise, and ultimately speak with one voice.
This is especially true and important for associations committed to impacting Washington, DC public policy.