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RFP: STATE LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY SERVICES

RFP: State Legislative Advocacy Services

UPDATE NOTICE: EXTENSION OF RESPONSE DEADLINE TO RESPOND TO REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR STATE LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY SERVICES

The response deadline for this RFP is extended to Friday, August 11, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. The criteria and requirements stated in the RFP remain unchanged. To summarize, and without limiting the content of the RFP, LACERA seeks a state legislative advocacy consultant with two core skills to assist in achieving LACERA?s public policy objectives with respect to State Issues as defined in the RFP. Those core skills are: first, the skill and experience to assist LACERA with the legislative and regulatory process, including knowledge of the process and the ability to facilitate access to and effective communication with decision-makers; and second, a strong base of substantive knowledge and experience in the State Issues, as defined. Responses should discuss the respondent?s abilities in both areas. Respondents who have already submitted an RFP response are welcome to supplement their response by the extended deadline. The extension does not apply to the RFP for Federal Legislative Advocacy Services, which is now closed.

The Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association (LACERA) invites proposals from experienced state legislative advocates to provide state legislative advocacy services to LACERA and its Board of Retirement concerning its areas of interest, including but not limited to pension and healthcare benefits, plan administration and governance, and other pension and retirement-related matters.

This RFP concerns state legislative issues relevant to the Board of Retirement. The Board engages legislative issues according to the framework set forth in the Board-approved Legislative Policy, a copy of which is attached as Exhibit A. The Board has an Insurance, Benefits & Legislative Committee (IBLC), which serves as an initial screen for legislative business. Past agendas and agenda materials of the Board and the IBLC are available on the Archive Agenda Packages page of this website.

At the staff level, legislative issues are the general responsibility of LACERA’s internal Legislative Affairs Officers, who is part of the Legal Division and advises the Board and the IBLC on a monthly basis concerning a wide-variety of legislative issues. Staff in the Retiree Healthcare Division advises the Board and the IBLC monthly regarding health-related legislative issues. In addition, staff throughout the organization, including the Member Services, Benefits, Quality Assurance, and Internal Divisions and the Executive Office, is knowledgeable about and deals on a regular basis with and is affected by legislative issues.

Bidder Qualifications

The ideal Consultant should have:

  • At least five (5) years highly responsible and accountable experience managing complex State Issues for public entity clients and advocating directly with legislators and regulators in Sacramento on such issues to achieve client objectives.
  • An established office in Sacramento.
  • Strong substantive knowledge of the State Issues.
  • Experience analyzing legislation and developing legislative and regulatory proposals with respect to State Issues.
  • Strong understanding of state legislative advocacy and communication strategies.
  • Longstanding and positive working relationships with legislators, regulators, their staff, and other parties in connection with legislative advocacy.
  • A track record of accomplishment in legislative advocacy on State Issues.
  • A proactive approach to the Scope of Work.
  • Exceptional writing skills.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and presentation skills.
  • The ability to work well with and maintain the confidence of the Board, the IBLC, and staff.
  • The ability to deliver services in a timely and cost effective manner.
  • Sound judgment.
  • No professional and/or ethical conflicts, or the appearance of conflicts, with LACERA’s interests, and an approach that reflects strong sensitivity to ethical concerns.
  • A strong educational and professional background.

RFP PROCESS

This RFP and other relevant information related to the RFP, including addenda, modifications, answers to questions, and other updates, will be posted on this page. Additional background information about LACERA may also be found on this website.

Calendar
Issuance of RFP May 22, 2017
Written Questions and
Requests for Clarification Due
June 6, 2017, 5:00 P.M. PDT
Responses to Questions Posted June 13, 2017
Proposals Due June 23, 2017, 5:00 P.M. PDT
Estimated Finalist Interviews and
Recommendation by the IBLC
July 13, 2017
Estimated Final Selection and
Approval by the Board
August 10, 2017

Communication and Questions

Except for communications expressly permitted by this RFP and except as may be requested by LACERA staff managing the RFP process, communications by respondents with LACERA staff or trustees of its Board of Retirement or Board of Investment regarding this RFP are prohibited from the date of this RFP through the date LACERA completes or terminates the RFP process, as publicly disclosed by LACERA. Respondents violating the communications prohibition may be disqualified in LACERA’s discretion. Respondents having current business with LACERA must limit their communications to the subject of such business.

Respondents are encouraged to communicate any questions regarding this RFP by the deadline stated above in the RFP Calendar. Questions should be sent in writing via email to blew@lacera.com. Questions and answers will be posted on this page by the date stated in the RFP Calendar.

Delivery of Submissions

Submissions must be delivered in PDF or Microsoft Word format via email to blew@lacera.com by the due date stated above in the RFP Calendar. In addition, respondents must send three (3) hard copies of their submissions for delivery by the due date stated in the RFP Calendar addressed to:

  • LACERA
  • Attention: Barry Lew Legislative Affairs Officer
  • 300 North Lake Avenue, Suite 620
  • Pasadena, CA 91101

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