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April 14, 2015 - Washington, D.C Hamm Consulting Group is honored to serve as a 2015 Corporate Sponsor for the Joyce-Gillespie-Harrington (JGH) Educational & Charitable Foundation of Zeta Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. We are excited to support the foundation’s initiatives focused on advancing education and community service to uplift those in need and address various social issues. On March 21, Ron Hamm, President of HCG and Vice President of the JGH Educational & Charitable Foundation, attended the foundation’s...

On Monday, February 2, President Barack Obama released his FY 2016 budget proposal. It is important to note that the President’s budget is a symbolic document intended to guide Congress and accentuate the President’s legislative priorities. The budget proposes to end sequestration, fully withdrawing it for domestic priorities in 2016, matched by equal dollar increases for defense funding. (That provides an additional $37 billion for non-defense discretionary spending). This is an important fix to federal budget policy that many higher...

Ron Hamm and and his strategic partner, Bill Hanka of Hanka Advisor, traveled to Cincinnati on January 26 to meet with Park Board Director Willie Carden and his team and participate in a Cincinnati City Council Neighborhoods Committee meeting to provide an update on federal activity on the Smale Riverfront Project.  At the Neighborhoods Committee meeting chaired by Vice Mayor David Mann, with Councilmembers Yvette Simpson and Kevin Flynn attending, Ron and Bill discussed recent highlights of the Smale Project’s...

BY: CHARLES D. ELLISON www.theroot.com It’s not only a brand-new year; it’s also a brand-spanking-new 114th Congress: Fasten your seat belts, fam, because the legislative ride could get very rough. Republicans not only grew their majority in the House of Representatives—perhaps solidifying it for another decade or more—but also managed to grab back control of the Senate with a comfortable margin. Added to that is a situation in which both the Democratic and Republican parties wrestle for political dominance on the cusp of...

Scope:  The  Labor  Department’s  Employment  and  Training  Administration  (ETA)  is  seeking  applications for the American Apprenticeship Initiative to provide a catalyst in supporting a uniquely American  Apprenticeship  system  that  meets  the  country’s  particular  economic,  industry  and  workforce needs. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced $100 million to expand registered  apprenticeship  programs  in  high-­‐skilled,  high-­‐growth  industries  like  health  care,  biotechnology, information technology and advanced manufacturing. DOL  says  investment  will  help  to  transform  apprenticeships  for  the  21st  century  and  serves  as ...

Both the House and Senate have passed a bipartisan $1.1 trillion appropriations bill to fund most of the U.S. government through September 2015 and avert a shutdown. The 56-40 vote on Saturday follows House passage of the spending bill on December 11 and sends the measure to President Barack Obama for his signature. The total package includes $1.013 trillion, providing full funding for 11 of the 12 regular appropriations bills. The only appropriations measure not fully funded is the one for the Department of Homeland Security,...

November 2014, Washington, D.C. Ron and Bill continued to closely monitor the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would allow states to collect sales taxes on cross-state sales over the internet. We have been in touch with the House and Senate committees of jurisdiction for this issue and have been told that the issue is likely dead for 2014. Marketplace Fairness Act proponents had hoped the Senate would consider it together with an extension of the Internet Tax Freedom Act, which bars state...

November 2014, Washington, D.C. During November, Ron and Bill Hanka of Hanka Advisor worked with Cincinnati Parks staff to draft and finalize a proposal to the U.S. Army Corps seeking an increase in the Smale Riverfront Park Project’s authorization from the current $30 million to $80 million. The proposal, which is due December 3, 2014, is the first-ever solicitation from the U.S. Army Corps seeking input from project stakeholders on the projects it will submit to Congress in its annual report in February 2015. The Corps will...

November 2014, Washington, D.C. On November 17-19, Park Board Director Willie Carden and his team traveled to Washington to meet with senior U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials and key Congressional decision makers, including House Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Bob Gibbs (R-OH), advocating for an increase in the federal authorization for the Smale Riverfront Park. [NOTE: on March 4, 2014, the project received a special appropriations of $4.5 million in FY 2014 funds to complete the project’s $30 million...

The funding opportunity announcement for FY14 Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) released on October 30. The electronic application portal opened on Monday, November 3, 2014. All applications must be submitted no later than December 5, 2014.  Grant awards range up to $3.4 million with a non-federal match of 5% - 15%. AFG is a suite of competitive discretionary grants comprised of three interconnected component programs—Operations and Safety, Vehicle Acquisition, and Joint/Regional— for awarding direct financial assistance to fire departments, nonaffiliated EMS...