Over the past six years, as Federal Legislative Counsel, and now Executive Director and General 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.  On behalf of the client, Mr. Amitay has established a close working relationship with members and staffs of key congressional committees and the GAO, as well as officials at DHS and DOJ.   As a result, Mr. Amitay has been invited to testify at several congressional hearings involving the industry, consulted by staff during the drafting of legislation and by the GAO during investigations, and serves as the industry point person for an agency/industry working group that he helped establish.  Mr. Amitay also has drafted comments on federal standards and regulations, written op-eds and press releases, and given statements to the press on behalf of the client.

For a mid-sized company manufacturing radiation detection equipment,  Mr. Amitay teamed with another small lobbying firm and successfully worked with home state congressional offices, committees with oversight and spending authority related to radiation detection  programs,  and with  various executive agencies that utilize radiation detection equipment, to generate  understanding, interest, testing, and most importantly, the 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  first worked with the House and Senate Homeland Security Committees to include in DHS related legislation the possibility that a preparedness Standard developed by the client could become part of a new DHS business preparedness program.  Then Mr. Amitay worked with Congress and the DHS officials to get the Standard selected for the program.  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 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.