The Charles Group, LLC is known for its expertise in national security, counterdrug,
counterterrorism, and law enforcement policy issues.
Select federal agencies working on those issues often look to The Charles Group
for assistance with strategic planning, policy research, and performance measurement
analysis. We leave no stone unturned when conducting in-depth policy studies, and
we bring years of experience to bear on agencies' strategic planning processes.
Our goal is to provide new thinking and research to inform policy decisions and
help agency leaders conceptualize new initiatives and clearly communicate program
Services for the federal community include major studies, assistance with strategic
plans, program assessment, and performance measurement planning and implementation.
Recent studies have been performed for institutions and agencies including the Department
of Defense, National Research Council, Drug Enforcement Administration, State Department,
and National Guard.
We have served in senior positions on Capitol Hill and understand how the nation’s
business gets done. The legislative and budget processes can be complicated and
confusing, but we have seen that good tactics growing out of a well-defined strategy
can produce outstanding results.
We start by helping our clients define top priorities and ensure that all team members
are driving toward the same goals. We break down action items over a one-year period
based on congressional and federal budget cycles, and we hold all team members accountable
for meeting – and exceeding – expectations.
We provide advice on when and how to contact key leaders, and we closely monitor
legislation to determine the best opportunities to influence outcomes. We develop
and help execute communications strategies to broaden exposure of key issues, and
we draft presentation documents and white papers that build awareness and support
for our clients’ views. We are successful builders and managers of coalitions of
like-minded organizations that collaborate on common objectives.
Information gathering is central to the value The Charles Group, LLC offers our
clients. Through a strong network of congressional and administration experts and
senior decision-makers, we have the ability to collect, assess, and summarize information
in an accurate and timely manner. We are thoughtful about where to seek information,
discerning about the bases for collecting information, and discrete about the way
information is used to promote our clients’ and Congress’ best interests.
Unlike many Washington consulting firms, we do not base our clients’ strategies
on our contacts alone. We view our contacts as friends and colleagues first, and
as reinforcers of our clients’ interests only when needed and when it benefits them
as well. We strive to be trusted purveyors of targeted, win-win methods of thinking
about pressing national priorities and adept problem solvers for those who have
a real need for direct communications with the federal government. We are determined
to enable all clients to present themselves well and with maximum preparation.
Our experience in the top levels of federal agencies informs our thinking when it
comes to leading clients’ efforts in government contracting, policy guidance, and
resolution of regulatory issues. Over the years we have worked with many agency
personnel and our understanding of the synergy between federal agencies and the
Congress has been key to the success of many long range efforts. As with our efforts
on Capitol Hill, our goal is to craft strategies that benefit our clients as well
as the agencies.