Federal Allies News August 2012

August 1, 2012

Anyone who considers joining the Federal Allies Institute searches for business results yet to be achieved.  What are yours?  While you have joined or attended something in the past that may appear similar to what FAI offers you likely didn’t get the desired results for some reason.  Perhaps you are constantly seeing industry ads promising you the moon; and you are suffering from information overload because there’s just so much out there.  So instead of finding information to solve your problem, you’ve gotten overblown promises and sales hype.

This is where FAI cuts to the chase and we bring you closer to your desired results.  What are your milestones to get from point A to point B?   Let the Federal Allies Network know or let us help you find out and together we will build a strategy for your business needs.

Keeping up with the legislative agenda

While you are running your business, who is minding the federal legislative and regulatory store of things to come to cheer them on, to tweak them, to stop them dead in their tracks, or to reverse them?  We all want a level playing field, constant rules to play by and fewer gauntlets.

Federal government employees serve for the better good and it is a part of our job at Federal Allies to help them and for them to help us.  Together we have successfully achieved this independent platform of entrepreneurs and federal workers working in collaboration.  With your participation we plan to keep up the good work less tornados, wildfires and earthquakes.

Much has been said about Federal Allies Institute’s abilities to help grow small businesses – now even more – such as members’ recent announcements during the FAI Golf Open.  Daniel R. Caffoe, Co-Founder and Chairman, ImQuest BioSciences announced the award of two grants one of $15 million and a second of $1 million for HIV Microbicide Research and HIV Patch Research, respectively; and Marcus Stephens, Vice President, Repax, Inc., announced expansion into a fourth regional market.  We will save the rest for next time.  For now, let’s briefly list federal legislation impacting your business as prioritized and adopted by the Federal Allies Board:

  • National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform
  • Veterans Entrepreneurial Transition Act
  • Bioscience Research Funding
  • National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013
  • Contractor Opportunity Protection Act
  • Subcontracting Transparency and Reliability Act

If we have made you curious, the details of these and other legislative priorities can be found at FederalAllies.org.

Washington Monument Project

And for our readers across the United States, an earthquake of seismic proportions struck Washington, D.C. last summer.  At least 50 of the Washington Monument’s many 2,000 pound granite slabs need to be patched with the section at the top most affected.

The repair is estimated at $15 million.  The project is being funded by a $7.5 million donation from Metro Washington, D.C. businessman and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein and the rest by the taxpayer.  Even without sequestration the Washington Monument should be closed into 2014.  Helped by our friends at National Park Service we plan to track and report on this monumental construction project.

David T. Boddie

Executive Director, Federal Allies Institute