Edward P Wyatt FACHE

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Before founding EWyatt Consulting, LLC, Ed Wyatt served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), responsible for all Department of Defense (DoD) health policies, programs and activities since 2001. In this position he oversaw the development and execution of the $26 billion health budget, including 75 military hospitals, 461 military clinics, and seven regional managed care support contracts totaling $5.5 billion in 2004. While with the Department of Defense he led the development of a strategic plan that integrated the individual plans of the Air Force, Army, and Navy into a Departmental balanced scorecard. He introduced performance contracts as the principal management tool to oversee the activities of the Health Affairs' top management team. Focusing on a top Presidential priority, he developed and implemented a plan to better integrate Department of Veterans Affairs and DoD health activities. Mr. Wyatt was responsible for communications with the 9.2 million beneficiaries, the Congress and other federal agencies.

He has testified before Congress, prepared testimony for the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense, and negotiated budget agreements with the Executive Office of the President. He has been commended numerous times by the Secretary of Defense, Congressional committees, the Services, and the defense community for his role in health care policies and management.

His awards include the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service; the Legion of Merit; Department of Defense and Navy Meritorious Service Medals; and various campaign and service ribbons. He was also recognized by The Retired Officers Association Meritorious Service Award; American College of Health Care Executives' Regent's Award; American Hospital Association, Federal Healthcare Executive of the Year; Federal Healthcare Executives Interagency Institute Alumni Association, Distinguished Service Award; and U.S. Army/Baylor University Alumni Club, Distinguished Alumni Award.

Mr. Wyatt currently serves as a member of the Board of Managers of the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States and is a member of the Institute of Medicine Panel on Smoking among Veterans and Service Members.

Experience

Mr. Wyatt served as the senior military health portfolio manager as a Professional Staff Member with the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Armed Services from 1999-2001. Mr. Wyatt's portfolio included the military health care system, gender integration, military justice, and equal opportunity. During his time with the committee, he developed and implemented the legislative strategy to permanently authorize and fund health care benefits for military retirees and their families. This was successfully enacted into law in October 2001 as TRICARE for Life. Mr. Wyatt also successfully drafted numerous legislative provisions to improve the business practices of DoD's health delivery system and the five managed care support contractors -- including pharmacy management, modernization of claims processing systems, and improved customer service.

Mr. Wyatt's military career included numerous senior planning and legislative affairs positions on the staffs of the Secretary of Defense, Supreme Commander Allied Powers Europe (NATO), Chief of Naval Operations and the Surgeon General of the Navy. He is a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives. Mr. Wyatt received his Masters in Health Administration from Baylor University and his Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland.

Code Of Ethics

The Following is The Code of Ethics from the American League of Lobbyists.

The ALL Code of Ethics is utilized as a model by various organizations and serves to strengthen our image and enhance our role as a vital and respected link in the democratic process.

Lobbying is an integral part of our nation's democratic process and is a constitutionally guaranteed right. Government officials are continuously making public policy decisions that affect the vital interests of individuals, corporations, labor organizations, religious groups, charitable institutions and other entities. Public officials need to receive factual information from affected interests and to know such parties' views in order to make informed policy judgments. In exercising their rights to try to influence public policy, interests often choose to employ professional representatives to monitor developments and advocate their positions, or to use lobbyists through their membership in trade associations and other membership organizations. Tens of thousands of men and women now are professional lobbyists and represent virtually every type of interest.

To help preserve and advance public trust and confidence in our democratic institutions and the public policy advocacy process, professional lobbyists have a strong obligation to act always in the highest ethical and moral manner in their dealings with all parties. Lobbyists also have a duty to advance public understanding of the lobbying profession. The American League of Lobbyists ("ALL"), accordingly, has adopted the following "Code of Lobbying Ethics" to provide basic guidelines and standards for lobbyists' conduct. In general, this Code is intended to apply to independent lobbyists who are retained to represent third party clients' interests and to lobbyists employed on the staff of corporations, labor organizations, associations and other entities where their employer is in effect their "client." Lobbyists are strongly urged to comply with this Code and to seek always to practice the highest ethical conduct in their lobbying endeavors. Individual members of American League of Lobbyists affirm their commitment to abide by this code.

ARTICLE I - HONESTY & INTEGRITY

A lobbyist should conduct lobbying activities with honesty and integrity.
  • 1.1. A lobbyist should be truthful in communicating with public officials and with other interested persons and should seek to provide factually correct, current and accurate information.
  • 1.2. If a lobbyist determines that the lobbyist has provided a public official or other interested person with factually inaccurate information of a significant, relevant, and material nature, the lobbyist should promptly provide the factually accurate information to the interested person.
  • 1.3. If a material change in factual information that the lobbyist provided previously to a public official causes the information to become inaccurate and the lobbyist knows the public official may still be relying upon the information, the lobbyist should provide accurate and updated information to the public official.

ARTICLE II - COMPLIANCE WITH APPLICABLE LAWS, REGULATIONS & RULES

A lobbyist should seek to comply fully with all laws, regulations and rules applicable to the lobbyist.
  • 2.1. A lobbyist should be familiar with laws, regulations and rules applicable to the lobbying profession and should not engage in any violation of such laws, regulations and rules.
  • 2.2. A lobbyist should not cause a public official to violate any law, regulation or rule applicable to such public official.

ARTICLE III - PROFESSIONALISM

A lobbyist should conduct lobbying activities in a fair and professional manner.
  • 3.1. A lobbyist should have a basic understanding of the legislative and governmental process and such specialized knowledge as is necessary to represent clients or an employer in a competent, professional manner.
  • 3.2. A lobbyist should maintain the lobbyist's understanding of governmental processes and specialized knowledge through appropriate methods such as continuing study, seminars and similar sessions in order to represent clients or an employer in a competent, professional manner.
  • 3.3. A lobbyist should treat others - both allies and adversaries - with respect and civility.

ARTICLE IV - CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

A lobbyist should not continue or undertake representations that may create conflicts of interest without the informed consent of the client or potential client involved.
  • 4.1. A lobbyist should avoid advocating a position on an issue if the lobbyist is also representing another client on the same issue with a conflicting position.
  • 4.2. If a lobbyist's work for one client on an issue may have a significant adverse impact on another client's interests, the lobbyist should inform and obtain consent from the other client whose interests may be affected of this fact even if the lobbyist is not representing the other client on the same issue.
  • 4.3. A lobbyist should disclose all potential conflicts to the client or prospective client and discuss and resolve the conflict issues promptly.
  • 4.4. A lobbyist should inform the client if any other person is receiving a direct or indirect referral or consulting fee from the lobbyist due to or in connection with the client's work and the amount of such fee or payment.

ARTICLE V - DUE DILIGENCE & BEST EFFORTS

A lobbyist should vigorously and diligently advance and advocate the client's or employer's interests.
  • 5.1. A lobbyist should devote adequate time, attention, and resources to the client's or employer's interests.
  • 5.2. A lobbyist should exercise loyalty to the client's or employer's interests.
  • 5.3. A lobbyist should keep the client or employer informed regarding the work that the lobbyist is undertaking and, to the extent possible, should give the client the opportunity to choose between various options and strategies.

ARTICLE VI - COMPENSATION AND ENGAGEMENT TERMS

An independent lobbyist who is retained by a client should have a written agreement with the client regarding the terms and conditions for the lobbyist's services, including the amount of and basis for compensation.

ARTICLE VII - CONFIDENTIALITY

A lobbyist should maintain appropriate confidentiality of client or employer information.
  • 7.1. A lobbyist should not disclose confidential information without the client's or employer's informed consent.
  • 7.2 . A lobbyist should not use confidential client information against the interests of a client or employer or for any purpose not contemplated by the engagement or terms of employment.

ARTICLE VIII - PUBLIC EDUCATION

A lobbyist should seek to ensure better public understanding and appreciation of the nature, legitimacy and necessity of lobbying in our democratic governmental process. This includes the First Amendment right to "petition the government for redress of grievances."

ARTICLE IX - DUTY TO GOVERNMENTAL INSTITUTIONS

In addition to fulfilling duties and responsibilities to the client or employer, a lobbyist should exhibit proper respect for the governmental institutions before which the lobbyist represents and advocates clients' interests.
  • 9.1. A lobbyist should not act in any manner that will undermine public confidence and trust in the democratic governmental process.
  • 9.2. A lobbyist should not act in a manner that shows disrespect for government institutions.