Amitay in Action
Over the past four years, as federal legislative counsel for the largest association of contract security companies in the United States, Mr. Amitay has significantly raised the association’s and the industry’s political profile and level of involvement with Congress and the Federal agencies. Mr. Amitay has established a close working relationship with members and staffs of key congressional committees, and officials at DHS, DOJ and the GAO. This has led to Mr. Amitay being invited to testify at several congressional hearings involving the industry, being consulted by staff during the drafting of legislation, being consulted by the GAO on industry related investigations, and working with agency officials on the implementation of legislation. On behalf of the association, Mr. Amitay also has provided formal comments on draft federal standards and regulations, written op-eds, and statements to the press.
For almost a decade, Amitay Consulting has teamed with another small lobbying firm to represent a mid-sized company manufacturing radiation detection equipment. During this time, Mr. Amitay has worked with home state congressional offices, committees with oversight and spending authority related to defense, homeland security and energy, the GAO, and various executive agencies to generate understanding, interest, testing and most importantly widespread USG procurement of company’s detection equipment.
For a large copyright content owner, whose copyrighted works were being infringed by governmental entities in a foreign country, Mr. Amitay enlisted the support and worked with the intellectual property and trade-related committees in Congress, the United States Trade Representative, the State Department, and the Commerce Department to mount a diplomatic and trade effort that succeeded in not only persuading that country to stop the governmental infringement of his client’s works, but to pass a new law strengthening that country’s domestic protection for certain types of copyrighted material, thus preventing any further possible infringement of his client’s intellectual property.
For over a decade, Mr. Amitay has represented the the world’s largest association of security professional and investigators on a variety of issues before Congress and the Executive Branch. In one example of his efforts for this client, Mr. Amitay worked with congressional offices, employer associations, business associations and others in a series of successful legislative efforts to repeal onerous provisions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act that were impacting workplace safety. In another example, Mr. Amitay assumed a point role in an successful lobbying effort to persuade Congress to pass legislation authorizing employers of private security officers access to FBI criminal history background checks on their officers. Subsequent to the passage of this legislation, Mr. Amitay successfully worked with individual states to set up programs to conduct the security officer FBI background checks provided for in the legislation.
On behalf of a small company offering actuarial software and services to the IRS for use in insurance industry tax compliance, Mr. Amitay worked with the congressional tax writing and appropriations committees, the Department of Treasury, and the IRS to fund and set up a pilot insurance tax compliance program for which Mr. Amitay’s client was awarded a multi-million dollar contract.