Holland & Knight this week told Congress it is lobbying for a government contractor on aviation issues, marking the second time this month the firm has revealed it is advocating for a company interested in federal contracts related to airplane travel.
According to a lobbying registration filing submitted to Congress this week, the firm is representing Fairfax, Va.-based CPS Professional Services on matters involving "contracting at the Federal Aviation Administration."
The firm also disclosed in lobbying paperwork last week that it is advocating for Raytheon Co. on air traffic control and airport security matters. David Whitestone, a Holland partner, is the lobbyist on both of the accounts.
Whitestone said aviation is a core practice at Holland and the timing of the lobbying registrations was “completely coincidental.”
CPS is “just trying to do more business with the FAA,” he said.
The company is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business, a classification that allows federal agencies to award it contracts from a special pool of funds. The Veterans Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Act of 1999 urged agencies to give at least 3% of their contracting money each year to companies owned by veterans who became disabled during the course of their military service.
According to FAA data, the agency has awarded $97.9 million in contracts to service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses from Oct. 1, 2010, to Sept. 28.
CPS already has contracts with the Defense and Agriculture departments, according to the company’s Web site. The company provides training, planning and other services through the contracts.