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Since our founding in 1999, The Charles Group has worked with a large variety of clients in a range of industries, professions and vocations. Each unique challenge has reinforced our ability to provide actionable decision support for managers and open doors to key decision makers.

Policy Analysis and Strategic Planning for the Federal Community

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 objectives.

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.

Legislative Strategy

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.

Washington Policy and Political Intelligence

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.

Working With Federal Agencies

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.


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