A: The U.S. Government is an extremely complicated system of organizations. If
you want to do business with the government, if you want to advocate for or
against certain policies that Congress is considering, or if you are seeking
funding for your organization’s programs, it is enormously helpful to have
people guiding you who understand the government, its people, and its
processes. You provide the “what” and “why”, and we help you decide the “who,
when, and how”. Since our entire effort is merit-based, there is a clarity
and confidence level that speaks to integrity, and simply getting the
government to recognize good ideas and work properly.
A: The Charles Group, LLC has generated outstanding results for our clients
since our founding in 1999. While nothing in Washington can be guaranteed,
we have helped our clients to recognize and present merit-based appeals,
which in turn, have generated millions of dollars in appropriations, product
sales, and legislative victories each year. Our growth has been based on
referrals from other clients – a testament to the confidence our current
clients have in our work.
A: Some of our clients are required to work with outside consultants only on an
hourly basis. While we normally work on a monthly retainer, we are willing to
work with the client to establish a payment schedule that works for all parties
and have the administrative structures in place to accommodate a wide range of
A: Outside consulting and lobbying firms can provide your organization
individualized strategy in line with the activity you’re already pursuing. We
can provide greater opportunity for direct communication and influence on the
policy process, and we can enlist new advocates on your behalf. Plus, an outside
perspective on your issues will likely provide helpful insights and improve
your overall strategy.
A: You drive the project: based on your objectives we work with you to set
ambitious – yet realistic – goals. Depending on the complexity of the engagement,
you can expect to have phone conversations daily or several times per week and
travel to Washington a few times per year to meet with key officials. Certain
projects may demand more personal involvement, but we will always keep you abreast
of our activities on your behalf here in Washington.
A: The United States Government operates on a fiscal year beginning October 1 and
ending September 30. For example, Fiscal Year 2007 begins on October 1, 2006 and
ends on September 30, 2007. Each year the Congress must pass appropriations bills
that spell out exactly how federal dollars will be spent by every department and
agency beginning on October 1. These bills direct spending on everything from
salaries of government employees, to major equipment acquisition programs, to
federal grant programs. Most appropriations bills present opportunities for
members of Congress to direct spending to particular projects or priorities.
We can help your organization determine which federal programs are the most
suitable for your objectives and execute a strategy – based on well-established
timelines – to secure merit-based funding for worthy projects in the next fiscal year.
A: The party in power in Congress sets the legislative agenda; the person in the
White House sets policy priorities through an annual budget request and through the
dozens of executive agencies. In these ways, the party in power in each institution
does matter. But our efforts to advance our clients’ issues and concerns do not change,
since our efforts are merit-based and provided to government on the basis of subject matter
expertise. As much as Washington is about people and relationships, the one constant is
process. We are experts in the process, and we maintain and create new relationships on
both sides of the aisle constantly. Our ability to reach out to, inform, and connect
with the right people at the right time – regardless of their party affiliation – is one
of the reasons we have been methodically producing merit-based results for our clients amid
eight years of continual change.