Miller Cole has an established budget and appropriations practice in Washington, D.C., with extensive experience in all aspects of federal appropriations.

The Support You Need – From Strategy and Advocacy through Implementation.

Whether you're seeking a policy change at a federal agency, funding for industry R&D, disease and immunization demonstration projects, arthritis research, training programs or government contract or grant for corporate or nonprofit clients, having an experienced advocate who understands the process is critical. 

We understand the process and know how, where and when to intervene.

With more than a century of experience among our team members, we have developed excellent working relationships with key members of Congress and staff of the appropriations committees in both the House and the Senate. In addition, we have extensive experience representing clients in front of key staff at critical agencies and in the White House, including the Office of Management and Budget.

Experience and Attention to Detail
There are 24 appropriations subcommittees between the House and the Senate. Each subcommittee has its own set of deadlines for funding requests. Many requests submitted on behalf of our clients involve the support of more than one member of Congress. Even with 24 subcommittees, dozens of representatives and varied deadlines, Miller Cole team members coordinate project schedules as part of our commitment to meet every deadline.

We have experience in drafting report language that has the intended outcome of instructing a federal agency to act in a positive manner for our clients, whether that is to conduct a study, undertake a particular policy activity, consider certain criteria when evaluating projects or to include client projects on key lists for potential funding.

Meeting the Challenge
Obtaining earmarked funding for projects is more challenging in the current federal budget environment than in previous years due to several factors, including increased scrutiny of budget expenditures. Miller Cole is committed to using our knowledge and experience for obtaining federal funding for our clients' projects.

Grants and Loans
When the automotive industry was in turmoil, Miller  Cole predicted a significant increase in research and development funding for the automotive, energy and transportation sectors.  Advanced technologies, considered too risky for industry to pursue are now being funded through innovative cost-share R&D programs, loans, grants and direct government appropriations.

Examples of newly funded initiatives include the advanced automotive battery development and manufacturing initiatives, fuel cell technology and the advanced vehicle technology program within the government various departments including DOT and DOE are funding new projects with program expansion expected over the next ten years. 

Support Activities

Miller Cole's Federal Budget and Appropriations Team  provides assistance to clients on related support activities including:

  • Preparation of federal grant applications – supporting the needs of corporations, local governments and nonprofit organizations, we can prepare your federal grant applications for various federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency;
  • Drafting legislation – complete support, drafting entire bills or limited provisions for pending legislation;
  • Testimony for presentation before congressional committees – preparation of testimony for presentation before congressional committees.

When results in the appropriations process are critical, the professionals at Miller Cole are dedicated to helping advocate for your success.