Bloomberg Government Post-Election Guide
Helping government affairs professionals navigate the typical post-election turbulence amid an added layer of complexity from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Guide to Navigating Washington
The election is only the beginning, as it kicks off a series of changes to leadership, priorities, and policy efforts that span the country.
Government affairs professionals need to stay one step ahead of it all if they're going to serve their clients with the intel and advocacy they rely on. Bloomberg Government can help you track all the moving parts, even amid unprecedented challenges.
The Votes Have Been Cast – Now What?
The months following this election will look different than any other, but even as strategies and tactics have changed due to the pandemic, one thing remains the same: you still have to deliver results.
*Find out the six things you need to know to make an impact for your client and succeed in your career.*
Deepen your understanding of the issues that are important to your organization with original Bloomberg Government analysis and a searchable database of 35,000 other sources.
To drive the agenda in Washington, you need to stay on top of each stage of the legislative and rulemaking processes.
Monitoring activity at the state level can mean tracking millions of data points. Trackers and alerts keep you organized and focused.
New faces in Congress and the reshuffling of committee roles means staying on top of the changes can be a full-time job. Make it easy with directories updated in real time.
Find out how alerts, congressional trackers, and calendars delivered right to your inbox ensure you don’t miss a thing.
Discover trends influencing government affairs professionals’ careers, with a focus on salary, compensation, benefits, and the impacts of Covid-19.
News and Analysis
Knowing the news of the day isn't enough for government affairs professionals to succeed – they need to know the <i>why</i>. Specifically, why it matters to their stakeholders.
Add value by providing deep analysis so clients can make better decisions. That means you need news and insights you can trust, all delivered in real time.
Learn About Developments as They Happen
To effectively advocate for a client's interests, lobbyists need to have deep knowledge of the issues and the policies surrounding them. Fast news, paired with exclusive newsletters, analysis, and sophisticated media tracking, ensures you get the full picture and can take action on the headlines.
In such a changing environment, there’s a real need to figure out how do we advance the ball? How do we think creatively, strategically? And then when the next play comes, you have to reassess all over again.
That’s the strategic part of it. That’s the piece about being forward-leaning, regardless of what your role is. But you also have to be able to communicate in a way that all of the stakeholders can really understand and be on the same page.”
Karishma Shah Page, partner, K&L Gates
Here's how Bloomberg Government has you covered:
- Set alerts for specific topics to be sent weekly, daily, or instantly as news is added from more than 35,000 local, national, and international news sources
- Rely on our original reporting and analysis for the latest news as it breaks and the context behind it
- Subscribe to newsletters across 20+ policy areas, including budget, taxes, finance, energy, and trade; our experts break down complex policy developments and offer actionable insights
- Download OnPoint presentations – infographics, charts, PowerPoints, and other data-centered analysis – that dive deep into key policy areas and allow you to easily report to stakeholders
Everyone wants to be the first to know who is taking a lot of the key spots in the government. Not just Cabinet-level officials, but people within the agency management as well.
People will want to know, ‘Who is that, what are my existing relationships with these folks, and how can we figure out how to leverage a new relationship?’”
Rob Recklaus, vice president of sales and customer engagement,
What's Happening in Washington
We could be facing a particularly busy lame-duck session as the government will be grappling with Covid relief legislation as businesses push for additional bailouts.
It's a lot to track, and Bloomberg Government is your one-stop shop to streamline your workflow. We provide best-in-class intelligence so you can keep your stakeholders informed and updated.
Be the first to know about proposed legislation and regulations. Stay on top of new actions, comment deadlines, comment submissions, docket materials, and relevant news, all in a single dashboard and custom daily newsletter.
- Follow bills through every draft with exclusive BGOV bill summaries, including comprehensive coverage of markups, committee and floor amendments, and our redlining text comparison feature
- Access all regulation comments and see how advocates, competitors, and key stakeholders are trying to influence rulemaking
- Monitor comment deadlines and strategically craft your message, positioning, and outreach
- Easily view related regulatory summaries, docket materials, comments, linked legislation, and the CFR
- Set alerts to be notified when bills are introduced in your area of interest and track the most important bills
- Search and set alerts across the Federal Register, Inspection Desk, and OIRA; you can be notified of the rules you care about as they are released by agency, topic, docket, public law, and more
See Bloomberg Government's legislation tracker in action.
Keeping a Pulse on State Legislatures
With 50 states, thousands of legislators, and millions of pieces of legislation and regulation, the amount of data to monitor around state governments is staggering.
Learn how Bloomberg Government's directories, trackers, alerts, and news coverage can help you influence policy making across the country.
Stay in the Know About State Governments
If “all politics is local,” tracking and understanding what’s happening in statehouses around the country is critical to a lobbyist's success.
This year will be particularly hectic at the state level. There will be a lot to track as 50 statehouses look to balance budgets amid massive unemployment and stimulus packages.
With Bloomberg Government, you can track the bills that are most important to you across all 50 states, plus D.C.
- Set notification alerts, so you'll know when state bills are introduced within your area of interest; bill pages include the bill summary, all versions of the bill text, a timeline of actions, related legislative documents, and sponsors and co-sponsors
- Organize your state bills by creating topic- or state-based folders; with folders, you can streamline alerting and generate instant PowerPoint presentations about state legislative updates
- Access state regulations, proposed regulations, and regulatory notices; search by keyword, state, comment deadline, and effective date
Hear from Bloomberg Government's New York state correspondent, Keshia Clukey, about what she's tracking from the Statehouse.
Who's Who on the Hill and Beyond
Soon, Congress and statehouses will welcome dozens of new members. That's accompanied by changes to committees and leadership.
Lobbyists need to understand the new power structures, how things have changed, who's in control, and how to build relationships with influential lawmakers.
Comprehensive Directories Make Networking Easier
Newly elected legislators are added to the directory as results are called, along with detailed, custom profiles written by our expert team of Bloomberg Government analysts.
Congressional directories provide important background, so you're prepared for meetings; you’ll find member biographies, including records of bills sponsored, votes, contributions, and district information.
Directories also include congressional staffers and federal agency staff. Create and save custom lists for outreach by office, job title, issue, committee, delegation, educational history, and more for download or to connect directly to our Email Campaign Tool.
Our database offers profiles of companies as well, including information about leadership, subsidiaries, government contracts, litigation, lobbying data, regulation comments, campaign contributions, and more.
Whenever there's a shakeup in terms of the people in power, your network is also shaken up. You need to start thinking about, 'Do I have the relationships that I need? If not, how do I build them, or is it possible for me to hire consultants and effectively acquire them?'"
Cliff Johnson, general manager of government affairs solutions
at Bloomberg Government
Tracking Legislative Developments
Customizable alerts, trackers, and calendars allow you to cut down the noise and receive info about the topics that matter to you as quickly as possible, right to your inbox.
Be in the Know
With Bloomberg Government, you'll have the tools you need to be successful in government affairs, no matter the issue or what your position is.
We’re seeing the reshaping of our economy in real time, and that is going to significantly influence what Congress and the president do for at least the next two years.
And that will influence what government affairs focuses on for 2021 and 2022 and possibly beyond.”
Rich Gold, partner at Holland & Knight and leader of the firm's public policy and regulation group
Be the first to know about presidential, administration, and/or congressional transitions. You have full control over alerts, so you’re alerted only to developments that matter to you.
In addition to bill summaries, hearings, and markups, get live updates from the House and Senate via real-time transcription. Everything is customizable so you get updates only on the issues and bills you follow. Our Congress Tracker daily newsletter provides a morning overview of what to expect on the Hill for the day, plus an afternoon wrap-up.
Our event calendar keeps you up to date on happenings that matter to you. You’ll have access to hearings, testimony, and more at both the congressional and state levels.
Shaping a Government Affairs Career
Now is the time when Washington leaders explore new opportunities — making the leap from Capitol Hill to K Street, or someplace in between.
To help you better understand the trends influencing the government affairs industry, see results from our 2020 salary survey and advice from industry insiders.
Compensation Trends in 2020
Bloomberg Government and Women in Government Relations partnered in September 2020 to survey more than 800 government affairs professionals. While some things changed compared to our 2018 findings, much remained the same, particularly the gender pay gap. Women in 2020 still face many of the pervasive challenges in their work environment as they do every year.
The average 2019 base salary across all respondents was $154,796. Those working for associations/nonprofits or colleges/universities made less ($122,915) than those in corporate/private companies ($187,291). Women made less than men ($135,060 compared to $186,681) on average across all types of organizations – a 38% difference in base salary.
What I Wish I’d Known
Advice for congressional staffers looking to make the jump to government affairs.
Before: Four-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California
After: Government affairs counselor, K&L Gates
Leaving public life, or certainly leaving elected office, you really have to define what you want to do next. … Look at what you're passionate about and try to define that position for yourself rather than taking the first position that comes along.”
Before: Chief of Staff, Rep. William Jefferson
After: Federal Lobbyist, Invariant
“Do your reconnaissance on a potential workplace. You have to do a 360-degree ask about the people there, the environment, what the mission is, how stable its member companies are. Then you should look at what a new Washington could look like for that company or industry, and figure out if you are passionate about those things.”
Before: Chief of Staff, Sen. Bob Menendez
After: Partner and head of government relations and public affairs practice,
“You don't know as much as you think you do about what is valuable about you. One thing I've learned is to listen a lot more than I talk when I'm thinking about new opportunities, because that feedback is really important to help you understand your value proposition.”
Before: Leg. Director, Rep. Wayne Gilchrest
After: President & CEO, Society for Women’s Health Research
“Although I felt confident about the inner workings of the Hill, it was unclear to me at the time what a valuable skill that is in D.C. – it just felt like I knew people and had been a part of the process. It took time to realize that this is a tangible, valuable, ‘sellable’ skill set.”