2023 State Legislature Updates

August 9, 2023

With August summer recess in full swing for the US Congress and many states getting ready for students to return to school, many state legislatures are out of session for the rest of 2023. However, eleven states are still in session for 2023, and three are in special session. <<Read More>>

Navigating Legislation and Finding the Right Search Terms

June 20, 2023

Very few pieces of legislation are written in a way that is easy to understand, and this is especially true when dealing with many politically charged issues. <<Read More>>

Bipartisanship is still out there

April 17, 2023

With the midterm elections over (for the most part) we wanted to review trifecta states (states with one party controlling state legislatures and governor’s office) and divided state governments prior to the start of the legislative cycle.

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States to Watch in 2023

November 23, 2022

With the midterm elections over (for the most part) we wanted to review trifecta states (states with one party controlling state legislatures and governor’s office) and divided state governments prior to the start of the legislative cycle.

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Planning for the 2023 State Legislative Session

October 27, 2022

With 2023 fast approaching now is the time to start planning for the 2023 Legislative Session. 

All states are convening a legislative session in 2023.

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What Voting Laws You Should Be Watching

October 3, 2022

After the 2020 election, there was a slew of new legislation to restrict voting rights around the country and these bills received a lot of attention from the media. While the coverage of voting restrictions has waned the move to restrict voting hasn’t stopped. <<Read More>>

Copycat Legislation

September 22, 2022

Since I started working on the Racial Justice State Legislative Tracker I see copycat legislation popping up. This type of legislation comes up in two scenarios: In response to recent events or as an organized campaign. <<Read More>>

5 Essential Steps To Establish an Effective Presence In DC

How to Ensure Your Business is Engaged in DC Policy Conversations

July 14, 2022

WASHINGTON DC  -  During the 115th Congress, from January 2017 to January 2019, over 13,000 pieces of legislation were introduced. So far during the 116th Congress, over 5,500 pieces of legislation have been introduced - and we’re not even halfway through this Congress. <<Read More>>

Five Common Obstacles to Seeking and Securing Federal Grant Funding

June 2, 2022

Over the past 13 years, as the Director of Grants at Winning Strategies Washington (WSW), I have worked with a variety of clients, ranging from small nonprofits to mid-sized hospitals to large institutions of higher education. While these clients differ in size and focus, they all have one thing in common: they needed assistance in identifying, tracking and securing federal funding through the competitive grant process. 

From my experience, the below five obstacles are those most commonly faced by organizations when seeking federal grants, along with some tips to overcome them. <<Read More>>

Advice for Early-Stage Startups in Regulated Sectors

Consider engaging government as a key tenant of their growth strategy

May 17, 2022

The marketplace is awash with disrupters seeking to leave their stamp on entrenched industries and out-of-date technologies. Without careful planning, however, these entrepreneurs and their startups could be thwarted by another disruptive force – the federal government. <<Read More>>

How to Get On the GSA Schedule

Q&A with a Top GSA Consulting Firm

April 9, 2022

What is the GSA Schedule?

A GSA Schedule is also known as Multiple Award Schedule (MAS). These contracts cover various types of products and services. These Schedules provide ordering offices a wide range of potential commercial sources with reduced procurement lead time.  Each contract is for a base period of five (5) years with 3 five year options for a total of 20 years.In addition to the Federal Government a variety of international organizations such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund , American Red Cross can use the Schedules. Once the GSA Schedule is in place, ordering activities place orders under it. <<Read More>>

How to Find the Right Grant for Your Nonprofit

Where to Search for Grants & Strategic Considerations

March 8, 2022

You’ve heard it too many times: “there’s money everywhere, you just have to know where to look!”

But if you just established your nonprofit or are new to the world of grants, the task can seem nearly impossible. How do I find those mysterious moneymakers? What does RFP or NOFO mean? How do these grants fit with our mission and strategic plan? And, most self-defeating of all, why would they ever give a grant to us? <<Read More>>

Best Practices for Organizing a Legislative Fly-In

Advice from a professional fly-in organizer

January 30, 2022

What’s a Legislative Fly-in?

A legislative fly-in is an annual or semi-annual event in Washington, DC where associations and organizations from across the political spectrum gather for a collective legislative goal.

Groups meet over of the course of a 2–3 day conference that incorporates various sessions regarding the most current and relevant public policy issues in their industry, networking opportunities, and conclude with Capitol Hill meetings. On the last day of this conference, attendees will meet with U.S. Representatives from their district of residence and/or business, as well as both Senate offices from their home state. <<Read More>.

How to Write a Scope of Work for Government Relations Contracts

Scope of work defines a consultant's deliverables, areas of focus, goals.

January 8, 2022

Drafting a Scope of Work is a great first step towards building the right consulting team. For government relations and public policy advocacy consulting, we recommend writing the scope of work first, before drafting any formal requests for proposals (RFPs), statements of work, or job descriptions. This helps speed up the contracting process and provides a useful discussion document that can be shared with perspective Taskforce contractors. <<Read More>>

11 Networking Tips For Your DC Job Hunt

How to Accelerate Your Career Through Networking in Washington DC and Avoid Common Mistakes Along the Way

December 12, 2021

Washington, DC is an exciting city in which to build a career. From Capitol Hill to K Street, and everything in between, the city offers plenty of opportunities for smart, driven people. But that also means there is plenty of competition for jobs. So how do set yourself apart and land the job you want? <<Read More>>