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About IFS

Recognized for its Work as an industry leader

Innovative Federal Strategies is a bipartisan firm whose members have over 150 years of combined federal service in the House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and the Departments of Agriculture, Air Force, Commerce, Navy, and Treasury.  We understand the complex federal planning, programming, budgeting, contracting, and regulatory processes used in the Executive Branch.  Many of the members of the firm also have unique expertise in the intricate legislative process that Congress uses for annual authorizations, appropriations, regulatory and policy issues, and agency oversight.

Make Your Voice Heard in Washington

We work with our clients to understand their objectives and to develop appropriate, well-tailored strategies for working with the federal government.This can include developing and executing a Congressional relations strategy, which may involve the following:  developing, strengthening or expanding relations between our clients and Members of Congress; identifying key decision-makers in Congress on items of interest; providing timely tactical information on Congressional processes, schedules, and actions by Members or Congress or Congressional Committees; providing information on activities of federal agencies; providing research and advice on legislative, policy, or business issues; facilitating communications with other companies and non-federal organizations; identifying business opportunities in the federal government; assisting in drafting legislation or legislative proposals and development and preparation of correspondence, briefings, and other written materials; providing advice on federal budgeting or contracting issues; and ensuring strict adherence to all federal lobbying disclosure policy and procedures.
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IFS in the News

IFS Named A Top Lobbying Firm Again in 2016

IFS Named A Top Lobbying Firm Again in 2016

Feb 09 2017

For a second year in a row, the team Innovative Federal Strategies has been named a top lobbying firm in Washington, DC for their work on behalf of clients. The list, compiled by Bloomberg Government ranks firms by total revenue, revenue growth, retention, and the size of the firm.

IFS tapped to host LCS Supplier Day

IFS tapped to host LCS Supplier Day

Jan 03 2017

Innovative Federal Strategies has been tapped to host the Littoral Combat Supplier Day again in 2016. The Littoral Combat Ship Supplier Day provides an opportunity for suppliers to tell their representatives in Congress just how important their vote on the President’s fiscal year 2017 budget is to businesses and jobs in their state/district.

IFS Recognized as a Top-Performing Lobbying Firm in 2015

IFS Recognized as a Top-Performing Lobbying Firm in 2015

Mar 17 2016

In an analysis of 2015 lobbying activity, Bloomberg has recognized Innovative Federal Strategies as one of the top federal lobbying firms. Of roughly 1,760 registered lobbying firms that filed disclosure reports with the Senate during 2015, only 25 met all of Bloomberg’s criteria.

Our Team

Letitia White, Partner

Carl Kime, Partner

Jean Denton, Partner

Bill Lowery, Partner

David Kilian

Alycia Farrell

Neely Marcus Silbey

Susan Carr

Stephen Semler

Kelsey Nicolai

Annie Wake

Alexis Corn

Alex Boling

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Washington Bulletin 9/18

Washington Bulletin 9/18

Sep 19 2017

The House passed a $1.2 trillion omnibus that would fund the government during the 2018 fiscal year. The Trump Administration and the Republican leadership announced that they will release their tax reform legislation in two weeks. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) brokered an agreement with other senators and attached over 100 amendments into the National Defense Authorization Act–a major hurdle for the bill’s passage out of the floor. The EPA announced a two-year delay to the implementation of an Obama Administration rule that sought to reduce the generation of wastewater for power plants.

Washington Bulletin 9/11

Washington Bulletin 9/11

Sep 12 2017

In an agreement between the president and Democrats, Congress passed a legislative package that temporarily suspends the debt limit, continues funding for the government, and provides emergency funding for hurricane victims. The House continues to consider amendments to the appropriations omnibus. Representatives Lamar Smith (R-TX), Ken Calvert (R-CA) and Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced H.R. 3711, the Legal Workforce Act, which would mandate employers to use the E-Verify electronic employment verification system. In an August 18 memo from the Office of Management and Budget, federal agencies must submit their regulation and deregulation plans for the 2018 fiscal year by September 18.

Washington Bulletin 9/4

Washington Bulletin 9/4

Sep 05 2017

Congress returns from recess on September 5 to begin work on several high-priority measures that will need to be concluded by the end of the month. Republicans and the White House have not reached an agreement over whether an extension of the debt limit should be included in an emergency funding bill to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. Congressional leaders and administration officials have convened negotiations for tax reform legislation that will likely include a combination of temporary and permanent tax provisions. The Trump administration has pulled for further review a form requiring private employers to summarize pay data that would determine wage discrimination.

Washington Bulletin 8/28

Washington Bulletin 8/28

Aug 29 2017

Congress appears ready to reduce funding for tax enforcement programs at the IRS. The Office of Management and Budget sent Congress a list of budget anomalies and authorization extensions that could be included in a continuing resolution to keep the government open. With a September 30 deadline for all 12 as-of-yet unpassed appropriations bills and several authorization bills, the House and Senate may need to package several dissimilar bills together in order to keep the government functioning. President Donald Trump announced his willingness to shut down the government in order to get funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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