Federal workers took a hit from furloughs this year but flexed their lobbying might to win back pay after the government shutdown.
And while retirement benefits for new federal workers are cut in the budget deal, the unions won a lower cap on contractor pay and the addition of a lower-cost option for their workers’ healthcare benefits.
The budget pact also leaves the retirement benefits of the current government workforce untouched. In addition, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) secured a promise from President Obama that he wouldn’t propose new cuts to federal workers’ retirement in his budget next year.
A governmental affairs firm, Ledge Counsel, Inc. provides legislative analysis, public relations, communication, and political strategy development to a broad group of clients. We give clients a presence on Capitol Hill that larger firms cannot provide.
Through providing this persistent presence for our clients, we utilize and constantly expand our resource base.
Our executives draw on their years of legislative, political, business, and senior U.S. Government experience to provide clients with sound strategic advice.
Reaction to Political Volatility
At Ledge Counsel, Inc., the ability to react quickly to the ever-changing political climate in Washington and throughout the country is one of the major benefits we provide. The atmosphere in the nation's capitol has changed dramatically over the past four election cycles. We help our clients prepare for and respond to changes through our integrated approach to government affairs strategy.
Superior & Steadfast Relationships
The Principles and staff of Ledge Counsel maintain close and ongoing relationships with elected officials and senior policy-makers on Capitol Hill and within the Executive Branch to keep abreast of the ever-changing dynamics of our government.
Our legislative experts evaluate the impact of new bills by interpreting the language and evaulating the impact of change in current law to asses their impact on our clients' interests.
Ledge Counsel writes and circulates press releases about information important to our clients.
Political Strategy Development
Our experts assess the political landscape and identify political opportunities for clients.
Representation to a Broad Group
Ledge Counsel, Inc. looks forward to developing a comprehensive and integrated strategic plan to assist your organization, as we have done for many clients past and present.
Prior to the formation of Ledge Counsel, Inc., Mr. Lopatin served as General Counsel to the House Committee on Education and Labor, a position he held prior to his departure from Capitol Hill after a successful tenure of more than 15 years.
Mr. Lopatin was formerly Deputy General Counsel to the House Committee on Post Office and Civil Service, Deputy Chief Counsel to the Committee on the Budget, and Counsel to the Subcommittee on Civil Service. Mr. Lopatin had considerable involvement in the development of federal human resource, budget, labor and employment policy, as well as legislative procedure during his Capitol Hill career. While with the House Committee on Education and Labor, Mr. Lopatin also served as a member of President Clinton's Health Care Reform Task Force, the 1993 Presidential Transition Education/Labor Cluster, and the Secretary's (HHS) Advisory Committee on Head Start Quality Improvement and Expansion.
Mr. Lopatin received his Bachelors of Arts degree from Yale University in Urban Planning and Political Sciences and his Juris Doctor from American University Law School, Washington College of Law.
Bob Levi has toiled in the vineyards of legislative and political affairs of the nation’s capital for over three decades, serving Congress, and working on behalf of the federal workforce and the postal community, as well as being active in a variety of charitable activities.
Bob served 18 years as the Director of Government Relations at the National Association of Postmasters (NAPUS). He was recently retained the association’s successor organization, the United Postmasters and Managers of America, as it Director of Government Relations.
Bob continues to spearhead the organization’s legislative advocacy on and off Capitol Hill, and directs its political activities. Before coming to NAPUS, Bob worked for six years as Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs at the National Association of Letter Carriers, AFL-CIO. And, prior to the NALC, Bob worked on Capitol Hill for over a decade, serving as Legislative Director of two House Post Office and Civil Service Subcommittees and as Legislative Director to former Representative Gary Ackerman. As Legislative Director to Representative Ackerman, Bob focused on the congressman’s education and labor portfolio, including increasing federal attention to youth suicide prevention.
In addition to his professional workload, Bob serves as chairman of the board of the 28,000-member National Council of Young Israel and was president of his local synagogue.
Bob is married and has three grown children. Bob’s father is a retired postal worker, who proudly retains his APWU membership.
Ledge Counsel specializes in training and educating association and organization membership about the legislative process. We utilize a variety of tools including lectures, role playing, communication tactics, and letter writing samples, to convey information to your membership. We provide practical guidance on the "How To's" of communication and making the case. Ledge Counsel prepares copyrighted resource material as a handy reference for practice. We instruct clients on ways to persuade Congress or an agency to rectify existing laws or regulations that, often inadvertently, create problems or inequities for a single company, a small group of businesses, or an entire industry.
Our legislative expert produces "industry-accepted" statutory provisions, such as bills and amendments for use in the legislative process. We create "industry-accepted" regulations for use in the regulatory process of comment periods and proposals. Ledge Counsel gives clients the power to focus their goals by having specific statutory changes to proposed, specific regulations. Because of our proximity to the Hill we have the ability to provide quick turnaround in response to actions in a committee markup, floor considerations, and conference between the House and Senate.
Relationships: "On Capitol Hill, you are as good as your word." With twenty-five years of government service and decades of experience working with current staff and Members, Ledge Counsel maintains a powerful presence. Alan Lopatin is a known quantity as former counsel to several House Committees. He is considered a friend and colleague of top staffers and Members of Congress.
Latest Political Information
"Where action is measured in minutes and hours, not weeks, months, or years." Ledge Counsel prides itself on providing timely information and analysis of political and legislative activities. Our President personally writes newsletters and electronic communication for client membership and leadership. Most importantly we continually publish Budget Process updates to inform clients of developments in the congressional and executive budget processes as needed.
The public has more power than credited. Every person in the United States of America has a say in the allocation of government funds. Most people are silent and with silence comes consent. Ledge Counsel is your organization's voice. We teach, encourage and help associations become an integral part of our public policy practice. This consists of helping clients persuade Congress and the Administration to allocate increasingly scarce federal funds for worthy projects. We also turn to the appropriations process to assist clients when they are unable to achieve legislative or regulatory goals through traditional avenues. At our urging, for example, Congress has been willing to preclude a recalcitrant agency from spending appropriated funds to enforce a rule or regulation harmful to our client's business interests.
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