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Bill Webb has served as Executive Director of the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) since 1995. Established in 1989, CFSI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy institute designed to enhance Congressional awareness about the concerns and needs of the fire and emergency services. In his capacity, Bill works closely with members of Congress and fire service leaders on developing federal legislation to improve the readiness of our nation's fire and emergency services.

Previously, he served in the first Bush Administration as Director of Advance at the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor, traveling across the country and abroad organizing events for the Secretaries.


FIRE SERVICE LEADERS CULTIVATE RELATIONSHIPS AT CFSI’s 26th ANNUAL NATIONAL FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES DINNER AND SEMINARS PROGRAM

Each year, the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) has the distinct honor of hosting the annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner and Seminars Program. The event brings together fire and emergency services leaders from across the     Read More »

 

CULTIVATING RELATIONSHIPS: It Can Make a Difference on Capitol Hill

Prior to a becoming Executive Director of the Congressional Fire Services Institute in 1995, I once served as a special assistant to three cabinet secretaries at the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor. As part of my job, I traveled with the sec     Read More »

 

COMMON GROUND CAN LEAD TO COMMON GOOD

Since the shutdown started two weeks ago, I’ve heard from friends and business associates alike who live and work outside the Beltway asking if I see an end to this madness. The answer: There have certainly been a number of proposals offered, but no     Read More »

 

SAFE BUILDING CODES INCENTIVE ACT

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Many of you know that Benjamin Franklin coined that phrase.     Read More »

 

Fire Service Prevailed on Capitol Hill

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 2217, the Fiscal Year 2014 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, by a vote of 245 to 182. Its one of 12 annual appropriations measures Congress is expected to approve to fund     Read More »

 

Let's Continue to Speak With One Voice

In 2008, the Congressional Fire Services Institute organized a Fire and Emergency Services Showcase on the National Mall. Local area departments participated in the event, showcasing state of the art equipment and apparatus for members of Congress,     Read More »

 

Now That Major Surgery Has Been Performed On The Federal Budget, It's Time For The Rehabilitation Process

On the same day Congress voted to raise the debt ceiling, my 82-year old mom had surgery to replace both her knees. For me, the similarities between these two events are as evident as the $14.2 trillion dollar debt that threatens the future of our e     Read More »

 

WRITING: CHOOSE EACH WORD CAREFULLY AND BE CONCISE

Not long ago, I was asked to edit a letter that a number of organizations were going to submit to Congress on a very important issue. Rather than taking a perfunctory glance and offering a few minor tweaks, I offered some significant changes that I     Read More »

 

THE POLITICS OF THE D-BLOCK

For the past 16 years, ever since I became Executive Director, I have had a dilettantes understanding of the need for additional broadcast spectrum for public safety. I use the term "dilettante" because one needs to have been in an emergency situat     Read More »

 

CONSENSUS IS THE KEY TO OUR SUCCESS

"Legislation has been put on the fast track." That’s not a term Congress often uses anymore. These days with partisan politics deeply imbedded in our political systems, it’s a small wonder that the wheels of     Read More »

 

WE NEED TO GET REENERGIZED

It looks like Congress will approve $390 million in FY2010 for the FIRE Act, which is a 30% reduction in funding from FY2009. Is that because of the economy being in the tank or could this be the start of a downward trend in FIRE     Read More »

 

RECOGNIZING LEADERSHIP AND THE WILLINGNESS TO CHANGE

On April 2, 2009, the Congressional Fire Services Institute will host the 21st Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner in Washington, DC. While the event is our major fundraiser for the year, the dinner serves an equal     Read More »

 

WORKING TOGETHER TO SUSTAIN FEDERAL SUPPORT FOR FIRE AND SAFER: We All Have Important Roles to Play

Last week, I received an email from Billy Goldfeder on the two St. Louis rigs that collided while going through an intersection en route to an emergency. As Billy said, there was something positive that came out of this video - n     Read More »

 

THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD IS APPROACHING: Establishing New Contacts to Advance Our Agenda

Earlier in the week, I attended a party for Dan Kaniewski, who served as Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security. Dan was one of the first interns I brought aboard CFSI shortly after I became Executive Director i     Read More »

 

CIVILITY DEFINE US: Maintain the Course

If asked, most Americans would say they want a divided government, one in which neither political party has total control of the House, Senate and White House.  They want a government in which different ideas can be debated openly and both     Read More »

 

Two Weeks and Counting: Bracing for the Results of the Mid-Term Elections

You walk into a sports bar in Philadelphia and you'll probably hear folks talking about the Eagles or Phillies. In Chicago, the topic of conversation will be the Bears, Blackhawks or Bulls. But if you walk into a sports bar on Capitol Hill,     Read More »

 

WHAT TO EXPECT IN WASHINGTON IN 2011? Be Prepared for Major Challenges

As of September, 2010, the federal debt was $13,433,710,591,905. . .give or take a few dollars. To erase the debt, every American would have to cut a check for $43,468 - from every newborn in hospital nurseries to every senior rounding the fina     Read More »

 

If I Could Only Moderate a Presidential Debate

May 2008

In 1992, I served at the U.S. Department of Labor as a special assistant to the Secretary of Labor. My job was to accompany the Secretary around the county to events, both official and political     Read More »

 

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