When CSG’s leaders established the office in Washington, D.C., in 1966, they understood the importance of the state’s role in federal decision-making. They knew the federal-state struggles of the previous decades would likely expand into new areas of public policymaking as both sides attempted to master the cyclical nature of federalism. Today, CSG’s presence in our nation’s capital has never been more important. Medicaid expansion, air quality regulations, net neutrality, cybersecurity, transportation funding and public lands—to name just a few—are all critical issues to the states. That is why CSG has made the conscious decision to align its Washington, D.C., activities more closely with the national policy and research team.