Public Law and Policy > Federal Funding Policy

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP represents clients seeking federal support for projects, services and programs. We assist clients in securing federal funds through the annual federal budget process and through grants awarded competitively by federal agencies. Our success in representing clients seeking federal funds stems from three factors: First, we understand how the panoply of federal programs operates, including transportation, defense, homeland security, environment, energy, law enforcement, housing, economic development and education. Second, we understand the political process governing appropriations and competitive grants awards. Third, we are a bipartisan group with close ties to members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, including members of the House and Senate authorizing and appropriations committees, agency officials and the White House. Although the majority of clients seeking federal funds are public-sector agencies and universities, we also have successfully represented businesses working with the public sector in support of federally funded projects and programs. We are adept at developing the best strategy to maximize the success of a diverse range of clients.

Akin Gump provides comprehensive services to our clients, including assisting them with identifying their federal priorities, developing strategies to secure federal funds and scheduling meetings with members of local congressional delegations and appropriations committees to communicate the importance of the priorities. Where appropriate, we advise clients on “grass-tops” strategies to enlist stakeholders in the community to reinforce a client’s advocacy efforts. We also assist clients competing for federal grants by facilitating meetings with agency officials and securing letters of support from members of Congress. Finally, our professionals regularly monitor policy developments and advise our clients of opportunities for federal funds. We assist clients with determining eligibility under notices of funding availability and with drafting grant applications. We also advise clients regarding compliance with grant requirements.