Agenda Item   



                                                                                                                        ASR Control  23-000776




legal entity taking action:

Board of Supervisors

board of supervisors district(s):

All Districts

SUBMITTING Agency/Department:

County Executive Office   (Approved)

Department contact person(s):

Jessica Witt (714) 834-7250 



Peter DeMarco (714) 834-5777



Subject:  Approve Federal Legislative Advocacy Services Contract


     ceo CONCUR

County Counsel Review

Clerk of the Board


Approved Agreement to Form




3 Votes Board Majority




    Budgeted: Yes

Current Year Cost:  $120,000

Annual Cost: FY 2024-25 $240,000
FY 2025-26 $240,000
FY 2026-27 $120,000




    Staffing Impact:


# of Positions:           

Sole Source:   N/A

    Current Fiscal Year Revenue: N/A

   Funding Source:    See Financial Impact Section

County Audit in last 3 years: No

   Levine Act Review Completed: Yes


    Prior Board Action:         10/17/2023 #26, 6/6/2023 #50




Authorize the County Procurement Officer or Deputized designee to execute the Contract with Townsend Public Affairs, Inc. to provide Federal Legislative Advocacy Services effective January 1, 2024, through December 31, 2026, in an amount not to exceed $720,000, renewable for two additional one -year terms.






Authorizing the County Procurement Officer or Deputized designee to execute the Contract with Townsend Public Affairs, Inc. will provide continued Federal Legislative Advocacy services for the County of Orange.






As the third-most populous county in California and the sixth most populous in the United States, Orange County is committed to maximizing resources and improving the quality of life for its three million residents.  As federal resources are a necessity to meet these objectives, it is essential to have an effective presence in Washington, D.C. with a firm that understands the County’s growing needs and delivers results in a rapidly changing political environment.  The Orange County Board of Supervisors (Board) has recognized the need to protect the County’s interests in Washington, D.C. and continues to make federal advocacy a priority.


On June 6, 2023, the Board authorized the County Procurement Officer or Deputized designee to conduct a new Request for Proposal procurement for Federal Legislative Advocacy services and return with a recommended action on or before October 17, 2023.


On October 17, 2023, the Board selected Townsend Public Affairs, Inc. to be the County’s Federal Legislative Advocate, and directed the County Procurement Officer or Deputized designee to enter into negotiations and return to the Board of Supervisors with the proposed Contract MA-017-24010544 (Contract) for approval no later than November 28, 2023. This Contract does not include subcontractors or pass through to other providers. See Attachment B for Contract Summary Form.


Proposed Fees


The Contract proposes a monthly fee of $20,000. 


Annual Fee

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3


Federal Legislative Advocacy Services










The current funding breakdown for the County’s federal advocacy contract is as follows:


General Fund 017: 42%

OC Flood Control District 400: 54%

OC Parks 405: 2%

John Wayne Airport 280: 2%


Appropriations for this Contract are included in the Budget Controls listed above for the FY 2023-24 Budget, and will be included in the budgeting process for future years.










Attachment A - Contract MA-017-24010544 with Townsend Public Affairs, Inc.
Attachment B - Contract Summary Form