Events & Training
2012 Capitol Connections
5/15/2012 - 5/16/2012
How can YOU impact the future of the industry?
ELFA member participation in the political process is critical so that policymakers will hear the united voice for our industry and understand how current policy issues will affect the equipment finance sector.
Capitol Hill Meeting Assignments
ELFA will be scheduling legislative meetings with our target list of elected officials in the House and Senate. Registered attendees will be assigned meetings based on geography to the extent possible. Due to the nature of scheduling with congressional offices, attendees will receive confirmed meeting assignments onsite at the meeting registration.
Federal Agency Meetings
Please review the list of possible executive branch agencies to determine any that may be of particular interest. While we cannot guarantee everyone's first choice, your input is crucial to our planning efforts.
Department of Transportation - Transportation Policy
Attendees will meet with officials in the Office of Transportation Policy, including those involved in rail and aviation. The office coordinates multi-modal initiatives and processes, such as the development of DOT's proposed reauthorization language, and the coordination of the President's Executive Order on streamlining environmental reviews of transportation infrastructure.
Department of Treasury - Tax Policy (Limited Availability)
Attendees will meet with officials in the Office of Tax Policy who develop and implement tax policies and programs; review regulations and rulings to administer the Internal Revenue Code; negotiate tax treaties; and provide economic and legal policy analysis for domestic and international tax policy decisions.
Department of Treasury - Financial Institutions
Attendees will meet with representatives in the Office of Financial Institutions. This office helps formulate policy on financial institutions and government-sponsored enterprises, critical infrastructure protection and compliance policy, and financial education. The office also oversees the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program and the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund.
Attendees will meet with representatives at The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank), which is the official export credit agency of the United States. Ex-Im Bank's mission is to assist in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets. Ex-Im Bank enables U.S. companies - large and small - to turn export opportunities into real.
General Services Administration
Attendees will meet with officials from the Office of Acquisition Management (AM). The Office ensures that GSA's activities are fully compliant with federal laws, regulations, and policies, and that operating practices are consistent across business lines and regions. GSA is directly responsible for leasing to the federal government.
Securities and Exchange Commission - Lease Accounting
Attendees will meet with representatives in the Office of the Chief Accountant who are responsible for establishing and enforcing accounting and auditing policy to enhance the transparency and relevancy of financial reporting, and for improving the professional performance of public company auditors in order to ensure that financial statements used for investment decisions are presented fairly and have credibility. This office specifically deals with the oversight of the lease accounting project.
Securities and Exchange Commission - Financial Services Regulation
Attendees will meet with representatives in the Office of the Secretary. This office deals with oversight and implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act and compliance and rulemaking surrounding the law. It administers the Commission's seriatim - the process by which the Commission takes collective action without convening a meeting of the Commissioners - and duty-officer process, and prepares and maintains records of Commission actions. The Office reviews all SEC documents submitted to and approved by the Commission such as rulemaking releases, SEC enforcement orders, and rulemaking notices.
Small Business Administration, Office of Advocacy
Attendees will meet with officials from the Office of Advocacy. The Office is an independent voice for small business within the federal government and is the watchdog for the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA). This Office advances the views and concerns of small business before Congress, the White House, the federal agencies, the federal courts and state policy makers.
Small Business Administration, Capital Access
Attendees will meet with representatives from The Office of Capital Access, whose mission is to assist small businesses in obtaining the loans necessary for growth by being a gap lender, providing assistance to small businesses that would otherwise would not qualify for un-guaranteed financing, obtaining equity, or taking advantage of procurement opportunities.
Please visit the ELFA Online Advocacy Info Center at http://www.elfaonline.org/Advocacy/ for policy issue briefings and talking points. As the date for the conference approaches, ELFA will focus messaging on specific topics. The issue briefs for specific topics to be discussed during legislative and regulatory meetings will be updated closer to the conference date to ensure a timely message. Registered attendees will be given prior notice of policy updates and provided with printed materials when they pick up their registration materials on-site.