Private equity cashes in on federal contracts, energy companies eye federal lands

Wednesday - 6/27/2012, 3:53pm EDT

Capital Impact - June 28, 2012

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This Week on Bloomberg Government's Capital Impact show:

  • Private equity involvement in the government contracting market has grown during the past few years, with major players including Carlyle Group, Cerberus Capital Management and others buying consulting, information technology and logistics vendors. Financial Defense Analyst Sopen Shah identifies key trends in the federal market and their implications for private equity firms.

  • High oil prices are sparking a renewed interest in U.S. domestic fossil fuels, much of which sits on federally-owned land. Energy Analyst Alison Williams and Economic Analyst Jason Arvelo identify key trends in federal land development and discuss regulatory and legislative hurdles that affect domestic energy production.

  • With summer recess and campaign season nearing, Congress still has numerous items left on its to-do list, including defense appropriations, the farm bill and potential action on cybersecurity. Congressional Analyst Loren Duggan outlines July's key legislative priorities.

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Jason Arvelo is an economic analyst at Bloomberg Government. Before joining Bloomberg, he was a managing/senior analyst for Compass Lexecon, where he evaluated the economics of regulatory and legislative matters. Arvelo holds a master's degree from Cornell University and bachelor's degrees from the University of Florida.

Loren Duggan is Bloomberg Government's chief legislative analyst. Before joining Bloomberg, he was editor of Congressional Quarterly's House Action Reports, providing summaries and analysis of legislation. He also contributed to CQ's legislative tracking services during his decade with the company. Loren holds a bachelor's degree in political science and psychology from American University.

Allen Scott (moderator) specializes in customer on boarding and training at Bloomberg Government. Allen previously worked at Arbitron, Inc. where he served in a variety of roles from customer service to sales operations manager. Prior to Arbitron, Allen worked in radio for several years in the Washington and Baltimore areas. Most recently he spent six years at 99.1 HFS as co-host and news director.

Sopen Shah is a financial analyst with a focus on the defense industry. Prior to joining Bloomberg Government, she was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. In this position, she focused on corporate strategy in the public and private sectors. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in philosophy and political science.

Alison Williams is an energy analyst at Bloomberg Government. She focuses on energy policy, renewable energy technologies and energy modeling. Before joining BGOV, she worked at the U.S. Department of Energy, providing policy and budget recommendations. She also has worked at the World Resources Institute and Woodrow Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program. She holds a master's in public policy from American University and degrees in political science and English from U.C. Davis.