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01.11.2022 Poligage Top of Mind Report

The Poligage Top of Mind Report offers actionable insights on a wide range of policy and government affairs issues that all have a connection to the Poligage Experts Network. Read this week’s report below and engage our Experts through private consultations on these issues and more:

U.S. Congress

Tech Reform

Juanita copyJuanita Duggan


Will Congress get around to passing tech reforms this year?  Maybe not, but a host of lawsuits grinding through the courts are equally important to the tech industry. Protocol’s Ben Brody wrote an excellent cheat sheet on the major tech lawsuits and what’s at stake in each: Here’s Our Cheat Sheet for 2022’s Tech Lawsuits 

Screen_Shot_2020-05-12_at_5.54.28_PM_1Andy Keiser

Principal, Navigators Global

With workers resigning at record rates and increasingly out for Covid infections globally, coupled with potential additional unrest in Eastern Europe, further supply chain disruptions should be expected this quarter forcing a response from policymakers. Look for leaders in Washington to raise awareness of and look to provide solutions for the crisis in the early part of this year. Out Sick’ Threatens Economy 

U.S. Federal Government

Federal Government Procurement

Screen_Shot_2021-12-06_at_8.19.09_AMJulie Dunne

President, Dunne Strategic Solutions, LLC

Late January, GSA is expected to release an RFP for an upcoming small business IT services GWAC called POLARIS. Also, watching GSA closely for additional developments related to the new services multi-agency contract which is expected to follow the highly successful OASIS contract. In February, the President’s Management Agenda (PMA) is expected to be released. This will build upon the PMA vision document released November 2021 and will provide strategic direction and specific government wide goals on government management and IT initiatives. Finally, the Federal Acquisition Security Council (FASC), which is a government-wide forum to assess supply chain risk, has been relatively quiet in 2021 — hoping we’ll see more FASC activity in 2022.

AndrewBlasi.png_2020-06-18_18-15-11Andrew Blasi

Director, Crowell Moring International – Washington, DC Office

The European Union recently adopted the Sustainable Financial Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) following the entry into force of the Non-Financial Reporting Directive (NFRD), two pieces of legislation that mandate rigorous environmental, social, and governance (ESG) disclosures for the benefit of investors. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) under Chairman Gensler also appears poised to extend mandatory company reporting into the realm of ESG, touching on issues such as greenhouse gas emissions and human capital management. However, systemic differences will remain between EU ESG disclosure requirements and their American counterparts, and it is important for executives to understand these differences in order to avoid both compliance issues in the different jurisdictions as well as reputational damage and potential challenges from investors. ESG Reporting Regulations in the U.S. and EU: Looking Ahead

Partnerships & Events

Public Private Partnerships and International Development

JoanneSonenshineHeadshot_1Joanne Sonenshine

Founder & CEO, Connective Impact

While 2021 was a year full of murky expectations, too many tragedies and uncertainties, 2022 may allow us to feel more grounded in a hopeful future. How that translates into funding will be centered on several trends: (1) Localization (2) Impact Funding (3) Climate and (4) Jobs…Partnerships will form based on proximity to local communities most in need of support. No longer will the typical funding cycle of project funding, replication and scale suffice. Systems change across local jurisdictions will be sought by funders across all categories.  Philanthropic funding will be more limited in scope as impact funding becomes more lucrative and more attractive to donors that want to spend resources for long-term sustainability without injecting money into a system over and over. What’s Ahead in 2022? Our Preview of International Development Fundraising & Partnership Trends

U.S. State and Municipal Government

New York


David Beightol

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Flywheel Government Solutions

Governor Hochul outlined nine key components of her agenda for the Empire State as she finishes out the rest of former Governor Cuomo’s term which will end next January. Governor Hochul has declared that she intends to run for reelection in November. New York Governor Kathy Hochul’s First State of the State



John Federico

President and Chief Lobbyist of Federico Consulting, Inc.

The state’s political future hangs in the balance during the 2022 legislative session and it all comes down to lines on a map… A few simple clicks on a computer program can change the ability for Democrats to hold onto a suburban Kansas City, Mo., congressional seat, reduce rural representation in the state legislature and tweak who Topekans are voting for up and down the ballot. Kansas is one of only three states where no proposed maps have been publicly released, underscoring how the process remains in its infancy.  Kansas usually waits to handle its redistricting efforts — but it does build anticipation over how aggressive the Republican-controlled legislature will be in shoring up their own supermajority, as well as going after U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, the lone Democrat in the state’s Congressional delegation. As Legislators Embark on Redistricting Effort, Kansas’ Political Future Hangs in the Balance




Chris DiPietro

President, CDi Consulting Services, LLC

In this final year of Maryland’s four-year electoral cycle, political scientists and lawmakers expect a more fiery session than usual. Democrats, already holding overpowering majorities in the House of Delegates and Senate, will still look to boost their party’s signal in heavily blue Maryland, while Republicans work to make the most of their State House platform and sway centrist voters in their direction.  It’s against this political backdrop that legislators will debate the General Assembly’s collective top priorities for 2022, from cannabis legalization, criminal justice reform, and climate change policy to deciding the very boundaries that determine political representation for constituents across the state. Issues to Watch in Maryland’s 2022 General Assembly Session


New Mexico


Roy Soto

Vice President, RLR Resources

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday signed a contentious state Senate redistricting bill, ending speculation about whether she would approve the measure.  Republicans in the chamber accused Democrats, who maintain a 26-15 advantage, of marginalizing Hispanic voters and favoring Democratic incumbents. New Mexico lawmakers voted last year to create a Citizens Redistricting Committee to collect, review and vet dozens of redistricting map proposals before creating and submitting several options to the Legislature for consideration. Governor Signs Contentious Redistricting Bill

West Virginia


Hallie Mason

Owner, Mason Consulting

West Virginia’s economy continues to rebound from the COVID-19 recession. The pandemic continues to affect public health, particularly as the Delta strain caused large increases in hospitalizations and deaths, and the economy in perceptible ways but the state has managed to record significant improvement over the past 18 months or so. Indeed, several big-picture measures of the state’s economy have improved enough that they within range or have even surpassed levels seen prior to the pandemic and those that are lagging should reach those levels over the next several quarters. Even though the state’s near-term prospects are positive on balance, some sectors face challenges due to structural issues that existed long before the pandemic while several regions in West Virginia possess limited potential for growth due to a range or economic and demographic factors. Overall, this report provides a foundation to understand West Virginia’s long-run economic challenges and opportunities. West Virginia University John Chambers College of Business and Economics

Key Policy Issues

Gender Equality

Susan MSusan Markham

Co-Founder & Partner, Smash Strategies

While the Taliban continue to restrict the rights of women in Afghanistan with school closures and new movement restrictions, the U.S. government recently expanded the State Department’s vital work to support Afghan women, girls, and human rights. In late December, two key appointments were made: Rina Amiri will serve as the Special Envoy for Afghan Women, Girls, and Human Rights and Stephenie Foster will serve as the new Senior Advisor for Women and Girls Issues within the Department’s Coordinator for Afghan Relocation Efforts (CARE) team. Their work will focus on 1) a peaceful, stable, and secure Afghanistan, where all Afghans can live and thrive in political, economic, and social inclusivity; and 2) U.S. relocation and resettlement efforts on behalf of Afghan allies and their families. Leadership on Afghan Women, Girls, and Human Rights: Rina Amiri and Stephenie Foster


Labor and Workforce


Marcus Courtney

Principal, Courtney Public Affairs, LLC

Walmart Inc. is cutting paid leave in half for workers who test positive for COVID-19 or have to quarantine after exposure to the virus, offering only one week through March 31 rather than two. Employees who catch COVID and are unable to return to work after a week may be eligible for pay replacement for as long as 26 weeks, a company spokeswoman said. The reduction in paid leave was reported earlier by Reuters. The change is “in alignment” with current guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Walmart said in a memo to employees dated Jan. 4. The CDC in December reduced its recommended quarantine and isolation periods in most cases to five days from 10 days. As the nation’s largest private-sector employer, Walmart’s early move to reduce COVID leave is being closely watched for its impact on other employers. Walmart Halves Paid Leave for Workers with COVID after CDC Guidance Shift

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