Advanced Management Concepts has a history of successful government relations support for our clients at local, state, and national levels. One of the nation's most prominent attorneys and government affairs activists (the son of a United States Senator) wrote in a December 1994 letter: "Your advocacy on behalf of [client] is very impressive."
In the specialized areas where our expertise ends we have developed consulting relationships that "pick up the slack." We have represented our clients through written communication, personal meetings, and formal testimony to the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Consumer Products Safety Commission, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Defense, the Executive Office of the President, and both houses of Congress.
We have established important contacts with federal agencies and developed working relationships with other organizations and associations with interests similar to those of our client associations. Agencies and organizations in this category include the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Consumer Products Safety Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Energy, the National Solid Waste Management Association, the American Society for Testing and Materials, the Society of the Plastics Industries, the National Association of Home Builders, the Alliance to Save Energy, and others.
As just one example of successful association alliances, the president of the American Newspaper Publishers Association, has displayed an AMC client association's product and describe its benefits as a use for waste newspaper in testimony to a Congressional committee.
AMC does not believe in approaching government relations from a negative position. Obstinate opposition to legislative or regulatory proposals is rarely productive. We have been pleasantly surprised at how receptive legislators and regulators are to outside groups who honestly help them find realistic solutions to problems. Areas in which AMC has been, or continues to be active in Washington include:
At the state level we have helped clients successfully defeat a weak and ineffective contractor licensing bill in Ohio, and are now actively working with the legislature to draft appropriate legislation.
- Formal recognition of the programs of an AMC client group by the White House Office of Private Sector Initiatives.
- Continuing contact with CPSC and the Congress in support of continued authority for CPSC to regulate the product of an AMC client. This effort has involved testimony and personal meetings.
- Liaison with the Federal Trade Commission in support of enforcement of "The R-Value Rule for Thermal Insulation."
Successful petitioned the FTC for changes in the "R-Value Rule" to specify the technical basis for enforcement.
- Cooperated with EPA in communicating information about the 1985 RCRA reauthorization changes to hazardous waste generators through workshops and seminars.
- Primary contributors to EPA guideline on recycled content of insulation materials. (And recognized by USEPA as the single most important and influential industry representatives involved in the guideline development process. An EPA staff member stated: "Without you the guideline would not exist.")
- Conducted well-attended information breakfasts for senators, representatives, and legislative aides.
- Induced the Federal Aviation Administration to issue a bulletin correcting erroneous information contained in a construction guideline published under FAA auspices.
- Worked with legal counsel and technical consultants to obtain an advisory opinion totally supportive of a client association's position from the General Counsel of the Consumer Products Safety Commission.
Normally government relations move with glacial slowness. However associations must be prepared to act rapidly when fast action is required. Several years ago the State of New Mexico proposed to ban a specific type of construction material.
With only two weeks notice we prepared to participate in a public hearing on this proposal. We acknowledged a legitimate problem with the use of the material, and showed the Construction Industries Division how the problem could be handled without the extreme action of banning the product.
The CID eventually adopted the AMC client's guidelines for the use of the material as a state regulation. Later we conducted seminars for the CID to teach their inspectors how to evaluate installations of the product. The head of the New Mexico CID later characterized this effort as the best industry response he had ever seen.
The point behind these case histories is that in instances where a real problem existed, we approached the challenge by helping solve the problem. In cases where the perceived problem was nonexistent we used facts to demonstrate convincingly that no legislative or regulatory action was required.