ENS Resources staff have the expertise and experience in several policymaking arenas. This capability lends itself to supporting clients’ needs and delivering results in an effective and professional manner. The benefits derived from such expertise means our staff have the ability to “think outside the box” to meet the challenges that are transforming public policymaking and subsequent implementation activities in Washington and across the nation. Among the specialty areas we target:
AGRICULTURE & NATURAL RESOURCES
The need for conflict resolution between agriculture and natural resources needs will continue to increase as demand for increased protection of natural resources will collide with agricultural needs. Among our services:
◊ Providing analyses of proposed legislative policies for any adverse or positive effects upon natural resources and agriculture
◊ Evaluating proposed rules and guidance for consequences impacting agriculture
◊ Developing strategies to facilitate alternative approaches to comply with federal mandates
Alternative energy represents a key to sustainable growth. Our staff has worked on alternative energy policy when the issues were considered back burner policy issues. Today, alternative energy policy crosscuts all sectors of the economy, spurred on by a federal priority to serve as a catalyst to move promising technologies to commercialization. Whether it is energy production or finding ways to reduce energy consumption in the delivery of goods and services, our staff understands the mechanics of federal alternative energy policy and how the policy can be leveraged to enhance public and private sector performance. Among our focus of activities:
◊ Identifying critical federal programs that enhance transformation of novel energy technologies into the commercial marketplace
◊ Evaluating project opportunities to support initiatives that promote energy conservation in the treatment and conveyance of water supplies
◊ Designing and evaluating strategies to transition promising alternative energy technologies and conservation technologies into the commercial marketplace
APPROPRIATIONS & COMPETITIVE GRANTS
Not since the days of the Great Society has the federal policymaking process confronted such dramatic challenges to the scope and nature of the federal budget. Our staff has experience in the budgetmaking process dating back to the late 1970’s. As such, we understand the manner in which budget decisions influence the delivery of government programs. Among our activities:
◊ Analyzing and evaluating the budget process for potential influences on priorities and program implementation
◊ Deciphering budgets and identifying funding opportunities
◊ Working with budget officials to enhance understanding of priority programs to leverage sustainable levels of program assistance
NATURAL RESOURCES & ENVIRONMENT
The nexus between energy and environmental policy grows stronger with each passing year. Whether it is alternative energy production that reduces pollutants or addressing demands to reduce the costs associated with treatment of water supplies and wastewater or addressing the demand for increased efficiency in farming and the priority to minimize impacts to water quality, the ability to leverage energy policy with environmental concerns can enhance the delivery of services.
Federal infrastructure policy is evolving at a pace that poses new and unknown challenges. From transportation to water to energy infrastructure, the old ways of federal support are being subjected to intense scrutiny in an effort to “do more with less”. Options from infrastructure banks to alternative bonding approaches to innovative public private partnerships dominate the discussion today. Our staff has the knowledge and experience to decipher the options under discussion and to help leverage the new way of doing business to secure the stated mission.
The challenges in managing water resources ranging from drought, overdrafting, ecosystem demands, impairments, and the need to develop alternative water supplies means that water resources policy will be vital to the continued economic stability and sustainable growth of the national, state and local economies. Our staff offer the means to work with policymakers to advocate the development of effective policy to address the need to provide safe and long term reliable water supplies to satisfy municipal, industrial, agricultural and ecosystem needs while minimizing conflicts.
As the Administration and Members of Congress grapple with issues like deficit reduction, spending cuts and tax changes, engaging Washington remains critical for local government leaders. The upcoming spending decisions will have ramifications on funding for vital housing, law enforcement, public health and infrastructure projects. Washington will be making decisions about federal spending and tax policy that will reshape the government’s fundamental role in the American economy and its relationship with state and local government for years to come. Our staff brings direct experience in understanding and providing proven resources to meet the needs of local government.
Regulation, in particular, can affect local government significantly and in unexpected ways, given that statutes are regularly being modified in a range of areas, including environmental protection and workplace conditions. We find it is far preferable to try to influence the process than be stuck responding to the result. ENS works with our local government clients to meet their federal priorities through the development of diverse and flexible strategies to obtain federal support through regulatory relief, appropriations, authorizations, grants and public-private partnerships.
Economic circumstances at all levels of government are imposing new realities on the way infrastructure projects are developed. Federal, state and local policymakers are reexamining the manner in which financial assistance can be leveraged. This effort provides for the improved delivery of public services like water supply, water quality, transportation and other key public services.
The priority of delivering infrastructure services in a cost competitive manner is forcing consideration of new technologies to recover valuable resources such as energy. Supplementing this focus is the need to develop creative project financing options.
ENS offers our clients tools and expertise to identify alternative mechanisms to promote the development of an infrastructure project. Whether it is the identification of investment financing to support the commercialization of a technology to improve the environment, the development of alternative energy supplies or the development of strategies to implement balanced and appropriate public/private partnerships that will ensure cost effective delivery of public services while protecting the public interest we work with our clients to fashion an appropriate strategy.
Among our services, we provide:
◊ Designing strategies to present processes and technologies to potential investors
◊ Designing strategies to use before federal agency officials that manage innovative financing programs
◊ Identifying potential partnerships to advance infrastructure development
◊ Supporting clients in the development of briefing materials related to infrastructure partnerships