A Public Affairs and Government Relations Firm

A Public Affairs and Government Relations Firm

A bipartisan firm with a proven record of achievement, success, and respect. What more can you ask for?

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Gray & Oscar, LLC is a firm committed to strong leadership, team-building, and substantial achievements for our clients. Businesses, corporations, non-profits, and associations alike are finding how important a viable public affairs strategy is for survival in today’s constricting economy and changing government. Gray & Oscar’s clients benefit from the expertise and ability that comes from more than 30 years of legislative consulting experience, which offers our clients an opportunity to remain relevant and influential by providing legislative strategies for issue promotion and public awareness. With our well-respected and professional staff, you are not just guaranteed results, but also a level of accessibility that many firms are unable to provide. We look forward to effectively representing your needs.

WHAT WE DO

Capabilities

Gray & Oscar provides insight, education, and strategy to our clients through years of on the ground, grassroots work and experience. We are committed to personal service and a team approach with our clients. Our staff understands the legislation process and will work with you to create the best plan for acquiring federal support and/or appropriations. From dairy cooperatives to medical management services, we have repeatedly achieved results for a diverse clientele. With the continuous changes in governmental affairs and legislation, it is important that you have respected and competent representation advocating on your behalf. Whether you are in need of legislative consulting, lobbying, or political strategy, at Gray & Oscar you are guaranteed a skilled and ethical team committed to your success.

Expertise

Agriculture

The agriculture sector contributes $124 billion to the United States’ GDP. Our work in agricultural areas has involved dairy policy, conservation funding, farm loans, the expanded use of risk management tools for farmers, and international trade.

Environment

Gray & Oscar has a wide range of expertise in a number of environmental issues, including: Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO’s); Non-Point Source Regulations; Coarse Particulate Matter (dust); Greenhouse Gases; Pesticide Permitting; Superfund Requirements; and The Clean Air and Clean Water Acts. Our overall understanding of the legislative and regulatory framework of future environmental actions gives our firm the ability to advise clients on the legislative provisions of pending bills in Congress and the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) future regulatory plans.

Farm Policy

Our firm has been closely involved in U.S. farm bills for the past 30 years, and will remain engaged in the intricate legislative processes of the upcoming farm bills.

Healthcare

Gray & Oscar maintains a strong portfolio of clients and advocacy issues within the healthcare industry. We currently work with a healthcare client in championing proposed legislation for a Safe Patient Handling Initiative with the Department of Veteran Affairs, as well as assisting them in obtaining funding for their research with the National Institutes of Health and CURES Program. We also represent clients in matters related to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the implementation of the recently passed healthcare law, along with telemedicine and the Cancer Moonshot.

Job Creation/Economy

Our firm remains committed to our clients in their efforts to boost the economy through improved infrastructure and job creation. Our work within the labor industry has helped maintain and increase urban and agriculture related jobs throughout the nation. We are also working with our health care and labor clients to gain financial support for new and emerging jobs.

Labor

Gray & Oscar has an established relationship with the Department of Labor, as well as significant experience in workforce development and employee training assistance.

Renewable Energy

At Gray & Oscar we advise our clients on the incentives of the Renewable Energy Tax Credits, through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, for solar and wind energy production. We have also been involved in the development of the Northeast Energy and Environmental Dairy systems (NEEDS) program, which represents a combined effort by the Northeast region’s five major dairy cooperatives, the State Departments of Agriculture, the Land Grant universities and colleges, and environmental and conservation organizations.

Rural Development

Gray & Oscar works closely with the Northeastern farming industry in tracking and monitoring legislation for future development opportunities such as federal livestock and crop insurance programs, conservation programs, and the promotion of rural infrastructure.

Technology Advancement

Our work with national technological programs has resulted in funding to advance technology in agriculture, healthcare, renewable energy, and transportation infrastructure. Government support of these vital initiatives can provide the foundations necessary to bring technologies from concept to reality.

Transportation

In anticipation of the next Highway Funding Bill, we are collaborating with several clients on the shape of the legislation. From drafting proposals regarding electric car charging stations to acquiring transportation infrastructure funding, Gray & Oscar will be intimately involved in the process.

Nonprofit

Our firm has successfully secured federal and state funding for numerous nonprofits throughout the country.

Accomplishments

Federal
  • Advised an emerging STEM related technology company on securing funding from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration.
  • Drafted the adoption of Public Law 114-65, the Federal Vehicle Repair Cost Savings Act, on behalf of the nation’s largest remanufactured auto parts company.
  • Obtained an Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) mentoring grant for one of the nation’s largest mentoring programs.
  • Instrumental in the passage of the mandatory disclosure of genetically modified organisms (GMO) ingredients signed into law by President Obama.
  • Assisted an apprenticeship training center in obtaining a labor management funding grant and an OSHA training grant.
  • Successful in obtaining the full repeal of the Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements for beef and pork products.
  • Provided the legislative strategy for an alternative energy symposium including representatives from labor, industry, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Energy (DOE), along with Members of Congress and their congressional staffers.
  • Secured language in the 2015 highways bill to change the definition of milk from a divisible to a non-divisible load.
  • In the 2014 Farm Bill, we assisted in the drafting of the Milk Margin Protection Insurance Program for dairy farmers and obtained funding for a national sustainable agriculture nonprofit.
  • Assisted a nationally recognized science museum in securing a Department of Commerce, Economic Assistance Grant.
  • Advised a national science museum in securing additional federal funding through the Department of Interior, National Science Foundation, and the National Endowment of the Arts.
  • Assisted a national construction trade association in securing a U.S. Court of International Trade decision regarding aluminum extrusions for curtainwall units.
  • Helped to spearhead efforts to increase funding for USDA farm loan programs to give farmers the option of restructuring their loans during tough economic times.
  • Crafted a successful legislative strategy that enabled an emerging bioscience incubator laboratory to receive funds from the National Institutes of Health (NIH’s) CURES Program for transitional health.
  • Assisted in obtaining $60 million for the purchase of commercial cheese from the domestic market for the use of Food Banks and Food Pantries in supplementing their nutrition programs from the needy. Reducing the commercial inventory of cheese also helped to secure farm milk prices.
  • Established an effective partnership between an emerging medical device company and the Department of Veterans Affair’s Safe Patient Handling Initiative.
  • Helped secure a major, first-of-its-kind Agricultural Organic Initiative in the Farm Bill that would provide incentives for farmers to become certified organic producers.
  • Drafted an amendment in the federal Child Nutrition Act legislation that established an Organic Pilot Program in school lunch nutrition program.
  • Designed a pilot program with the Department of Labor (DOL)’s Office of Workers Compensation Program (OWCP) for a national medical company.
  • Developed a private non-profit program called the Northeast Energy and Environment Dairy Systems (NEEDS) program that evaluates new and emerging technologies for converting animal manure into renewable energy and at the same time reducing nitrogen and phosphors runoff from livestock operations.
State (Pennsylvania)
  • Instrumental in the development and enactment of Act 27 of 2018, commonly referred to as “Prompt Pay,” which provides means for contractors/subcontractors to resolve contract disputes.
  • Assisted in the passage of Act 30 of 2018 which established the PA Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (PACE) authorizing financing for clean energy and energy-efficient projects.
  • Secured a Department of Health Biotechnology Grant for a medical research and advocacy nonprofit organization.
  • Assisted a healthy food nonprofit in receiving Supplemental Education Nutrition Education Program Education (SNAP-Ed) funding.
  • Obtained funding through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RCAP) for a drug and alcohol recovery center, a former military installation, and the nation’s largest visitor center.
  • Assisted a municipal transportation authority in securing Alternative Energy Grant funding for electronic vehicles and charging stations.
  • Secured a Commission on Crime and Delinquency Grant for a mentoring nonprofit.
  • Crafted a successful legislative strategy that led to the enactment of Act 142 of 2014, the Mechanics Lien Law.
  • Assisted in obtaining transportation funding for a visitor friendly public transportation service in Philadelphia.

WHO WE ARE

Bob Gray

Bob Gray is a managing partner at Gray and Oscar, LLC. A graduate of Cornell University, Mr. Gray has more than 30 years experience in public policy matters. Following two years of active duty with the U.S. Army, Mr. Gray taught high school in upstate New York and served as a Senior Planner with the Cayuga County, New York Planning Board. He then became Budget Director for the Vermont Attorney General’s office before being selected by Congressman James M. Jeffords (VT) to serve as a professional staff member to the U.S. House Agriculture Committee. He later acted as Congressman Jeffords’ Chief of Staff.

Secretary of Agriculture Bob Bergland chose Mr. Gray to head up the National Agricultural Land Study (NALS), a comprehensive review of the loss of farm land to urban uses and a number of key recommendations to mitigate the problem. Following the completion of NALS, he joined the American Farmland Trust, a private, non-profit conservation organization as Director of Policy Development.

In 1985 Mr. Gray started his own consulting firm which specialized in agricultural policy issues, rural development, energy, and technology transfer. He has been heavily involved in several Farm Bills over the past twenty years and has been highly successful in obtaining a number of key provisions in a variety of agricultural, rural development, conservation, and energy programs. He has also worked on immigration reform, food safety, and federal nutrition program legislation. In addition he has been successful in achieving a number of victories in appropriation bills in research, technology transfer, and renewable energy funding.

As well as being published in several agricultural and conservation organization periodicals, Mr. Gray is the recipient of the Gulf Oil Conservation Award; the National Association of Counties Distinguished Public Service Award; Natural Resources Council of America Award of Achievement for Legislation; and the National Center for Resource Innovations Distinguished Service Award.

Michael Oscar

Michael T. Oscar is a managing partner at Gray and Oscar, LLC, a firm with more than three decades of combined Capitol Hill experience. Prior to this partnership, Mr. Oscar worked in the public sector for 12 years, most recently as senior legislative and political staff to U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, where he worked for eight years. His tenure as Congressional staff has spanned both Republican and Democratic offices, giving Mr. Oscar a unique set of contacts and networks to access on behalf of his clients.

Mr. Oscar’s diverse political experience began as a Deputy Political Director to Congressman Borski and continued as a policy analyst for Governor Edward Rendell’s first gubernatorial race. While serving on Sen. Specter’s staff, Mr. Oscar served as his Central Pennsylvania Political Director during his 2004 campaign and continued as his Southeastern Pennsylvania Political Director in his 2010 campaign. Additionally, Mr. Oscar served as Campaign Manager for Congressman Michael Fitzpatrick in 2006.

Beyond his Capitol Hill experience, Mr. Oscar held assignments with the Naval Surface Warfare Center’s Carderock Division, the U.S. District Court, the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Legal Advisor, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., and currently serves on the Franklin Institute’s Board of Governmental Affairs.

Before entering public service, Mr. Oscar was a secondary education instructor at Abington Senior High School and Father Judge High School in Philadelphia. He received his Bachelor of Arts from La Salle University in History/Secondary Education. Michael resides in Glenside, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Shannon, and three children, Liam, Abbie, and Lillie.

CONTACT US

CAPITOL OFFICE

6354 Alderman Drive
Alexandria, VA  22315
703-751-0204

PENNSYLVANIA OFFICE

815 Greenwood Avenue, Suite 21
Jenkintown, PA 19046
215-277-1950

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