Agenda Item   



                                                                                                                        ASR Control  19-001329




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


No Legal Objection




3 Votes Board Majority




    Budgeted: Yes

Current Year Cost: $123,750

Annual Cost: FY 2020-21 $247,500
FY 2020-22 $247,500
FY 2022-23 $123,750




    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



    Prior Board Action: 11/19/2019 #34




Authorize the County Procurement Officer or authorized Deputy to execute Contract with Van Scoyoc Associates Inc. to provide Federal Legislative Advocacy Services effective January 1, 2020, through December 31, 2022, in an amount not to exceed $742,500, renewable for one additional two-year term.







Authorizing the County Procurement Officer or authorized Deputy to execute the Contract with Van Scoyoc Associates 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 November 19, 2019, your Board selected Van Scoyoc Associates, Inc (VSA) to be the County’s primary Federal Legislative Advocate, and Potomac Partners to be the second if a contact could not be reached with the primary. The Board also directed the County Procurement Officer or authorized Deputy to enter into negotiations, and return to the Board with a proposed agreement for approval no later than December 19, 2019. The County Procurement Office was able to negotiate a contract with VSA for Board consideration. This contract does not currently 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 along with an annual cap for travel expenses not to exceed $7,500. 


Annual Fee

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

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 2019-20 Budget, and will be included in the budgeting process for future years.










Attachment A - Contract MA-017-20010841 with Van Scoyoc Associates Inc.
Attachment B - Contract Summary Form