Stephen “Steve” Amitay is the President of Amitay Consulting LLC, which he founded in 2002. With almost two decades of experience in the private sector as a lobbyist, Mr. Amitay has represented a wide variety of clients before Congress and the federal agencies. On behalf of his clients he has helped shape and secure the passage of legislation and amendments, obtained congressional funding and/or agency contracts, conducted congressional and agency briefings, initiated GAO investigations and congressional inquiries, drafted federal regulatory comments, organized conferences, participated in working groups and coalitions and provided other assistance as necessary. Mr. Amitay also on numerous occasions has successfully partnered with other lobbying firms on shared clients. Mr. Amitay is well respected for his research and writing skills and his ability to break down issues.
During the past several years, Mr. Amitay has testified on multiple occasions before the House Committee on Homeland Security, and spoken at a variety of conferences, on homeland security issues related to the private security. He is a frequent contributor of articles on private security, labor and employment issues, and federal elections to the widely read “Valiant Workforce Management Solutions” blog and he has been quoted numerous times in media stories related to private security.
In 2012, on behalf of his client the National Association of Security Companies (NASCO), the leading trade association for the contract security industry, Mr. Amitay took over the responsibilities and title of Executive Director and General Counsel.
Before entering private practice, Mr. Amitay served for three years as a professional staff member on a Subcommittee of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee where he handled federal government oversight, management and procurement issues. He put together the first ever hearing on the “mail-order” pharmaceutical industry which helped generate oversight and safer practices within the industry. During law school, he worked at the Defense Technology Security Agency reviewing legal issues related to U.S. arms export policy.
Mr. Amitay earned a B.A. at Columbia University and J.D. at Georgetown University, and is a member of the Maryland and D.C. Bar.
Mr. Amitay is also the Assistant Treasurer of the Washington PAC, a leading pro-Israel PAC. He has extensive experience with PAC-related operations and issues as well as congressional fundraising laws and elections.