May 2, 2017 •

April Photo Scrapbook

Check out some photos from recent events! 

Check out some photos from recent events!
 

SGAC National Summit, New Orleans, LA. James Carville gave the opening keynote address. Pictured are Elizabeth Bartz, James Carville, and Christopher Badgely, from Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.

Elizabeth Z. Bartz, President and CEO of State and Federal Communications, with Judith Zimomra, City Manager of The City of Sanibel, Florida

The State and Federal Communications Team at the 2017 YouToo Social Media Conference as the Presenting Sponsor. From left to right: Jim Sedor, Editor, News You Can Use; Joe May, Manager, Client Analytics; Jennifer Kramer, Director of Public Relations and Marketing Communications at Kent State University; Jon Spontarelli, Social Media Specialist; Anthony Didion, Marketing and Sales Assistant; and Megan Huber-Kovachik, Marketing Communications Associate

Jon Spontarelli, Social Media Specialist and Lisa Stutzman, Research Assistant attending a dinner reception at the American Copy Editors Society National Conference

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May 1, 2017 •

‘Elizabeth Z. Bartz Scholarship for Howland Tigers’ Finds Success with First Recipient

Kayleigh Crumb has been an excellent choice as the first student to receive the recently endowed ‘Elizabeth Z. Bartz Scholarship for Howland Tigers.’ This scholarship is given to a graduate of Howland High School who is entering Kent State University […]

BartzCrumbKayleigh Crumb has been an excellent choice as the first student to receive the recently endowed ‘Elizabeth Z. Bartz Scholarship for Howland Tigers.’ This scholarship is given to a graduate of Howland High School who is entering Kent State University at Trumbull Campus as a freshman.

Kayleigh received the 2016 scholarship award last fall, after graduating from high school, and enrolling at the KSU Trumbull campus. After her first semester at the university, she was named to the Dean’s List by achieving a 4.0 grade-point average. She also received a KSU Trumbull Freshman Scholarship for her efforts.

EBandKCElizabeth Z. Bartz, who provided $30,000 to Kent State University at Trumbull to endow the ongoing scholarship program, said, “I am delighted that Kayleigh was the first student from Howland High School to receive this scholarship. She has already done so well and has a bright future ahead of her. I endowed this scholarship last year in honor of my 40-year graduation anniversary from Howland High School because I wanted to give back and help graduating seniors from Howland High School attend the local area KSU Trumbull Campus, just like I did. Meeting Kayleigh has showed me I made the right decision to help promising students pay their early college costs.”

Kayleigh added, “I want to be a news anchor or work in the broadcasting field with my journalism major. Even while at Howland High School, I was able to take classes offered by Kent State and was able to obtain nine college course credits. This scholarship, generously provided by Ms. Bartz, helped me a lot so I could attend Kent State University at Trumbull, where I am getting the same education as the main campus in an affordable, safe and convenient location.”

Starting in the fall of 2017, Kayleigh will attend the main campus of Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, for her second year of classes. She is also being inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success later this month, the nation’s largest leadership honor society.

For upcoming seniors at Howland High School who will graduate and then attend Kent State University at Trumbull this Fall, they can learn more about the ‘Elizabeth Z. Bartz Scholarship for Howland Tigers’ and apply starting May 1, 2017, at this KSU website: http://www.kent.edu/trumbull/campus-scholarships

EBatScholarshipplaqueElizabeth, who graduated from Kent State University having earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism in 1980 and a Master of Arts Degree in Political Science in 1982, credits the KSU Trumbull Campus and its professors as the place and people who supported her at the beginning of her university journey. Her endowment now ensures a scholarship is awarded each year to a Howland High School graduate, in a program managed by KSU.

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May 1, 2017 •

See us in person!

We’ve got a busy month of May planned. If you are attending any of these events, please say hello! May 1   Book Forum – The Soul of the First Amendment, Washington, DC May 2   Ohio Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting […]

may calendarWe’ve got a busy month of May planned. If you are attending any of these events, please say hello!

May 1   Book Forum – The Soul of the First Amendment, Washington, DC

May 2   Ohio Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Reception, Columbus, Ohio

May 3   Free Website Tour of State and Federal Communications Online Publications

May 4   Leadership in the 21st Century Program Alumni Event, Washington, DC

May 4   Public Affairs Council Cinco de Mayo Happy Hour, Washington, DC

May 9   WGR Toastmasters, Washington, DC

May 11   Montgomery County Council – African Affairs Advisory Group Meeting, Silver Spring, Maryland

May 12   Advocacy Leaders Network: Advocacy on the Cheap: Changing the World on Any Budget, Washington, DC

May 18   17th Annual Omnikal Business Summit, New York, NY

May 23   WGR Toastmasters, Washington, DC

May 24   2017 Advocacy Leaders Network Spring Happy Hour, Washington, DC

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April 18, 2017 •

Free White Paper on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

  State and Federal Communications has released a new white paper on The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). To obtain your free copy, visit stateandfed.com to download a PDF. 


 
State and Federal Communications has released a new white paper on The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). To obtain your free copy, visit stateandfed.com to download a PDF.
 

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April 18, 2017 •

A Surprise Visit for Elizabeth Bartz!

  Elizabeth Bartz had a surprise visitor stop by our office. ADaM, the mascot for the Summit County ADM Board, came by to say ‘Thank You!’ for her donation to the annual ADM Recovery Challenge. State and Federal Communications is […]

 

Elizabeth Bartz had a surprise visitor stop by our office. ADaM, the mascot for the Summit County ADM Board, came by to say ‘Thank You!’ for her donation to the annual ADM Recovery Challenge.

State and Federal Communications is proud to contribute to the ADM Board, and we are committed to their dedicated efforts to those individuals most in need in Summit County.

Learn how you can get involved on the Challenge’s Facebook page or at www.admboard.org.

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April 13, 2017 •

New White Paper on The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), First Enacted 40 Years Ago

State and Federal Communications, Inc. has released a new white paper on The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) authored by Research Associate George Ticoras. Legal compliance with all the rules and regulations is always important to the broad network of government […]

FCPA cover 2State and Federal Communications, Inc. has released a new white paper on The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) authored by Research Associate George Ticoras.

Legal compliance with all the rules and regulations is always important to the broad network of government relations professionals, companies, and organizations we serve. We prepared this white paper to explain the purpose of the FCPA as an anti-bribery statute, and to provide background on preventing the bribery of governmental officials of foreign nations by individuals and entities under the jurisdiction of the United States.

The purpose of the FCPA is to prohibit giving a payment of any money or other thing of value to a foreign official for purposes of influencing the official to act in a corrupt manner in order to obtain or retain business. The corrupt action could be an unlawful act or behavior made to secure an unfair advantage for the donor. The FCPA was enacted in 1977 and is enforced by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

FCPA enforcement continues to be a high priority area for the SEC. Violations can lead to substantial punitive actions including civil and criminal enforcement actions against issuers and their officers, directors, employees, stockholders, and agents. The growing frequency of settlements, non-prosecution agreements, oversight, and self-reporting make understanding the depth of the FCPA’s impact on corporate business increasingly apparent and important.

The State and Federal Communications white paper of the FCPA is useful for all practitioners and government relations professionals involved in international business and compliance.

To obtain a free copy of the white paper, visit State and Federal Communications to access a PDF.

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April 12, 2017 •

Women in Government Relations Leadership Program

Women in Government Relations (WGR) recently completed its Leadership in the 21st Century program, Cohort 7, with leadership coach Paulette Pidcock. The program was billed as “an experiential, transformational leadership development program designed to expand leadership capabilities and to create and […]

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Women in Government Relations (WGR) recently completed its Leadership in the 21st Century program, Cohort 7, with leadership coach Paulette Pidcock. The program was billed as “an experiential, transformational leadership development program designed to expand leadership capabilities and to create and nurture personal and business relationships.”

Participating in this program was a great opportunity for me to get out of my comfort zone and really take some time to think about how I view myself, and how others view me as well; particularly as it relates to a business environment.

It really taught me a great deal about myself, my leadership capabilities, and overall just what makes me “tick” in my personal and professional life. I would definitely recommend the program, especially for women who have been working for awhile, but might be wondering “am I truly living up to my full potential?”

Thank you so much to Elizabeth Bartz for encouraging me and allowing me to take this class! I would highly recommend this class because it makes you do some deep digging and sometimes there are some uncomfortable conversations, but in the end you come out on the other side with a greater perspective on everything!

 

Gamble Hayden (center) pictured with her fellow WGR leadership program classmates

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April 12, 2017 •

Don’t Miss Out!

Find out how Compliance Laws for Government Relations Professionals can help you during our FREE website tour!

Find out how Compliance Laws for Government Relations Professionals can help you during our FREE website tour!

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April 6, 2017 •

Ask The Experts – Giving Gifts to University Officials and Employees

Q: Our company is a registered lobbyist employer in many states, and we regularly do business with universities. Can my company give gifts to university officials and employees? A: Gifts to university officials and employees fall under the purview of […]

Myra CottrillQ: Our company is a registered lobbyist employer in many states, and we regularly do business with universities. Can my company give gifts to university officials and employees?

A: Gifts to university officials and employees fall under the purview of state ethics laws in a majority of states.  Additionally, universities will often have more restrictive gift policies with respect to vendors. It is especially important to understand what your company can and can’t do at this level, because university employees (especially professors) are sometimes unaware of potential restrictions. Potential penalties can include loss of contracts with a university and/or state fines. Further, if your company is registered as a lobbyist employer, some gifts will need to be disclosed on appropriate reports.

The first step to determine whether a gift to a university official or employee will be permissible is to determine the scope of a state’s gift restrictions…

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Here is your chance to “Ask the Experts” at State and Federal Communications, Inc. Send your questions to experts@stateandfed.com.

We are always available to answer questions from clients that are specific to your needs, and we encourage you to continue to call or email us with questions about your particular company or organization. As always, we will confidentially and directly provide answers or information you need. Our replies are not legal advice, just our analysis of laws, rules, and regulations.

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April 5, 2017 •

March Photo Scrapbook and Staff Anniversaries

Enjoy these photos from some recent events and staff anniversaries!  

Enjoy these photos from some recent events and staff anniversaries!

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Chad Wilson from Nationwide won the PAC Award at the National PAC Conference, Miami Beach, FL
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Senator Paul Sarbanes with Elizabeth Z. Bartz at the American Hellenic Institute Gala, Washington, DC
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Becky Campbell, Compliance Assistant, now in her sixth year
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Megan Huber-Kovachik, Marketing Communications Associate, celebrating her ninth year

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Amber Fish Linke, Esq., Director, Client and Product Operations, celebrating 12 years on staff


 

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April 4, 2017 •

Sponsorship for the 2017 Cherry Blossom Princess for The Ohio Society of Washington, D.C., as part of National Cherry Blossom Festival

State and Federal Communications is once again the sponsor of the 2017 Cherry Blossom Princess of The Ohio Society of Washington, D.C. This year, Nmahawa (Mawa) Konate is the Ohio winner of the National Conference of State Societies (NCSS) Cherry […]

EB MawaState and Federal Communications is once again the sponsor of the 2017 Cherry Blossom Princess of The Ohio Society of Washington, D.C. This year, Nmahawa (Mawa) Konate is the Ohio winner of the National Conference of State Societies (NCSS) Cherry Blossom Event and will be feted with the other princesses at a number of festivities, dinners, and a parade in Washington D.C. in early April.

I have the honor of presenting Mawa at the “NCSS Cherry Blossom Premier Event – Celebration of States and Territories,” on April 3.

Did you know, since 1948, state and territorial societies, as well as the international embassy community, have selected more than 3,000 accomplished young women for their academic achievement; exceptional poise and appearance; leadership; interest in social, civic, community, and world affairs, with a strong desire to serve others through community service; maturity and responsibility to represent their respective states/territories as “Cherry Blossom Princess.”

The week-long National Cherry Blossom Festival allows the ladies to participate in a number of activities, community service, and cultural exchange events. The week culminates by selecting one Cherry Blossom Queen, who is then invited by the Japan Cherry Blossom Association (JCBA) to visit Japan.

The Cherry Blossom Princess program is a wonderful event, which State and Federal Communications is so proud to sponsor. These young women have outstanding backgrounds and have already achieved much in their early careers. Our support empowers them to fuel their dreams of future leadership positions. We look forward to Mawa representing The Ohio Society of Washington, D.C., at many events this season.

Mawa is a 2013 graduate of Independence High School in Columbus and a current student at The Ohio State University. She is majoring in public affairs and is currently interning with the Peace Corps as a fellow in the John Glenn Washington Academic Internship Program.

Prior to moving to Columbus, she spent her childhood in Conakry, the capital and largest city in the West African country of Guinea. She has a passion for public service and working to eliminate poverty, hunger, and illiteracy around the world. In her current position, she is working on the Let Girls Learn initiative, which seeks to create equal opportunities for girls in more than 35 developing countries by helping them overcome traditional barriers to education. She previously interned with Unchained, a Columbus, Ohio non-profit organization helping to raise awareness and combat human trafficking.

While at The Ohio State University, she has served as treasurer and vice president for the African Youth League, was a national delegate on the Social Matters Committee for the Model African Union, and has volunteered with the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

With Mawa’s strong background and interest in making a difference in this world, we think she would be an excellent choice for the Cherry Blossom Queen award. We hope she is chosen for this unique honor!

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April 3, 2017 •

See us in person!

We’ve got a busy April planned. If you are attending any of these events, please say hello! April 7   PACS, Politics, & Grassroots Conference, Washington, DC April 11   WGR Toastmasters, Washington, DC April 11  WGR Leadership Program Final Session, Washington, DC April 13   […]

April IconWe’ve got a busy April planned. If you are attending any of these events, please say hello!

April 7   PACS, Politics, & Grassroots Conference, Washington, DC

April 11   WGR Toastmasters, Washington, DC

April 11  WGR Leadership Program Final Session, Washington, DC

April 13   Montgomery County Council – African American Affairs Advisory Group Meeting, Silver Spring, Maryland

April 21   You-Too Social Media Conference, Kent, Ohio

April 25-26   Public Affairs Council Spring Executive Meeting, Washington, DC

April 25   Public Affairs Council Annual Member Dinner, Washington, DC

April 25   WGR Toastmasters, Washington, DC

April 26-27   Campaign Tech East Conference 2017, Washington, DC

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March 29, 2017 •

We are in New Orleans for the 2017 SGAC National Summit!

State and Federal Communications is excited to be at the 2017 SGAC National Summit in New Orleans, Louisiana. President and CEO Elizabeth Bartz , Director of Operations Amber Fish Linke, and Client Specialist Nola Werren are attending this year’s event, where attendees […]

State and Federal Communications is excited to be at the 2017 SGAC National Summit in New Orleans, Louisiana.

President and CEO Elizabeth Bartz , Director of Operations Amber Fish Linke, and Client Specialist Nola Werren are attending this year’s event, where attendees will discuss how “Managing State Government Affairs is BIG but NEVER EASY”

You can see the agenda here, and follow the conversations on Twitter with the hashtag #NSSGAC.

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March 14, 2017 •

Happy Pi Day, State and Federal Communications!

A great, big thank you to Elizabeth Bartz for treating the staff to an amazing array of delicious pies in honor of Pi Day, March 14! As you can see, we have been enjoying them. These superb pies came from […]

A great, big thank you to Elizabeth Bartz for treating the staff to an amazing array of delicious pies in honor of Pi Day, March 14! As you can see, we have been enjoying them.

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These superb pies came from Gardner’s Pies of Akron.

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