want to focus this month's column on the discussion of opening a
Washington, D.C. office for AAPG through the DPA's Governmental
Executive Committee has approached the DPA to be part of this endeavor.
Plans are to open the office and, after 2 1/2 years, evaluate its
effectiveness regarding cost as well as what the office has achieved
and can achieve.
a survey in mid-October to gauge the membership opinion on this
endeavor. We contacted an independent firm to help structure the
questions and administer the survey and compile the results. The
consulting firm feels that we obtained a statistically valid sampling
of our membership. This information was then used to help shape
the direction the DPA would take on this issue at our mid-year meeting
held the first weekend in November of last year.
results, coupled with the survey that was conducted earlier by the
AAPG, led the AAPG and DPA leadership to conclude that our members
have an interest in being more involved in the governmental affairs
area. Survey results are posted on the DPA Web site.
mid-year meeting, the DPA leadership raised several questions concerning
the opening of this office. A "blue ribbon" committee was formed
to fully evaluate the practicality of the office as well as the
financial aspects. This office is predicted to cost approximately
$500,000 over this 2 1/2-year trial period, with the DPA contributing
$125,000 of the total. This will expend about 20 percent of DPA
cash reserves. Therefore it is the burden of the leadership to make
certain this issue is thoroughly thought through and all aspects
ribbon committee will address several major concerns, one of which
is funding for the office. It is believed at this juncture that
monies can be secured through grants as well as other avenues within
the government. The committee will be looking into how readily these
grants can be secured for AAPG and at what dollar amounts. Private
donations from individuals and corporations also could be solicited
to help fund the office. These donations are expected to be a source
for approximately 25 percent of the cost.
big question is, "Can we make an impact in Washington, D.C. with
this office?" The committee will be examining how business is conducted
in our nation's capital, and how our Washington contact can be a
people on the committee have been involved within the Beltway and
can bring some valuable knowledge to the discussion.
aspect to be addressed is how the activity of the office will be
It is not
the intent of this office to be a lobbying arm for AAPG. The purpose
of the office will be to facilitate the AAPG in getting Position
Papers before governmental agencies as they deliberate issues that
will affect the membership of AAPG. We will present factual data
that can be used to help shape policies.
these issues and more will be considered prior to a final vote within
the DPA. The blue ribbon committee must determine that the office
has a very high chance of success in helping AAPG members as well
as obtaining funding.
will vote on this proposal in January, possibly before you have
a chance to read this article. I assure you that all of the officers
and the Advisory Council members understand our responsibility to
you, the member.
the outcome of this issue is from the DPA, please be reassured that
it was considered thoroughly, and that a great deal of effort went
into gathering data so that an informed decision could be made.