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Washington Council Ernst & Young (WCEY) is a tax, legislative and regulatory group within Ernst & Young LLP that combines the power of a leading professional services organization with the on-the-ground knowledge, personal relationships and attention to detail of a boutique Washington-insider firm.

What EY can do for you

WCEY’s professional services help clients achieve their legislative and regulatory objectives. In each case, the goal is to help you seize opportunities or mitigate risks so you stay ahead of changes brought by passage of new legislation, promulgation of new regulations or electoral outcomes.


Our team represents clients in all significant aspects of federal taxation. WCEY professionals have had a seat at the table for any major tax bill considered by Congress since 1991. The scope of the WCEY tax practice involves active representation of businesses, trade associations and coalitions in diverse industries on legislative, regulatory and treaty matters before Congress, the White House, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service.


WCEY’s health care practice develops and implements strategies to address legislative and regulatory issues, including client-specific services for payer and provider groups, employers and other stakeholders in the health care industry.

We represent clients before Congress and the executive branch on significant aspects of federal health care policy, convene cross-industry coalitions, and lead issue- and legislation-specific campaigns. Our work encompasses public and private health insurance and coverage issues, provider concerns, employer health benefits, consumer issues, pharmaceuticals and broader life sciences policy.


We represent clients before Congress, the Treasury Department and other administrative agencies on a wide range of issues involving energy, the environment and natural resources. WCEY professionals have decades of experience, in particular, working on taxation of oil and gas, utilities and renewable energy.

Washington Council has a bipartisan, bicameral team with extensive legislative and regulatory experience that covers the bases to help address all of our clients’ needs.
Ray Beeman
Co-leader of Washington Council Ernst & Young

Our services

WCEY can help navigate all aspects of the legislative process. This ranges from House and Senate procedural rules to the intricacies of budget reconciliation and the role of the majority leadership. A bipartisan mindset means that we can better tailor legislative and regulatory initiatives to meet clients’ best interests.

Our service offerings include:

  • Representation before the House, Senate and executive branch
  • Strategic legislative and regulatory advice and planning
  • Legislative process and issue monitoring and reporting
  • Relationship building with government and other stakeholders
  • Coalition development and administration
  • Technical legislative analysis
  • Statutory and report language drafting
  • Preparation of congressional testimony
  • Development of position papers and other background documents
  • Drafting of regulatory comments
  • Strategic communications and messaging

While the Washington lobbying landscape is dynamic, three constants distinguish WCEY:

Politics and process

Firms typically emphasize either “access” to policymakers at the highest levels or substantive technical knowledge. At WCEY, we offer both, and on a bipartisan and bicameral basis that spans the legislative and executive branches.


WCEY provides clients a wealth of experience in legislative and regulatory matters, strategy and communications. We have seen up close the full legislative process at work. Our team reacts quickly and provides clients with real-time strategic advice.


As part of Ernst & Young LLP, WCEY has full access to the knowledge, experience and resources of a leader in professional services — all of which are made available to our clients. We provide leading-class strategic thinking when it comes to federal policy issues. We have a deep technical understanding of, and experience with, all tax, health and energy legislative and regulatory areas.

In an ever changing political and legislative landscape, I am proud of the agility with which our team moves to help clients plan for their next steps. Our institutional knowledge helps clients stay ahead of the curve.
Heather E. Meade
Principal, Washington Council, Ernst & Young LLP

Our team

The professionals who make up WCEY have extensive bipartisan, bicameral experience. Clients receive tailored advice on an array of issues. Our Washington, DC-based team has held senior policy positions in both the executive and legislative branches of government. This includes:

  • The White House
  • The Treasury Department
  • Health and Human Services
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • The Joint Committee on Taxation
  • Senior staff for congressional leadership, committees and key members of both parties

Health care regulatory insights

Actions for the health care industry to enable compliance and inform strategic decision-making.

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DC Dynamics podcast series

DC Dynamics focuses on what’s coming up in US tax policy, with a look to the past as our guide. Host Ray Beeman breaks down and examines current developments in Congress and puts them into political and policy context.

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The tax legislative agenda

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