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WHAT WE DO
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.
- 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.
- 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, an apprenticeship training center, 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 Pennsylvania 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
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.
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.
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