Boeing Government Operations Overview

Tim Keating

Tim Keating

Boeing's Government Operations office is located in Arlington, Va., near Washington D.C., and serves the company in three ways. It works with government officials and organizations to protect and advance the company's interests, competitiveness, and reputation; win support for Boeing programs; and shape public policy issues that impact the company. The office works with public officials across all levels of government -- federal, state and local -- to carry out this mission. It also works with various third parties -- organizations such as think tanks, associations, public policy groups, and international organizations.

While Boeing creates world-class commercial and defense products, the Government Operations office solicits the support needed from government to ensure the company’s success. For example, it works for fair trade practices and reasonable levels of taxation and regulation so that Boeing can remain competitive in global markets and support U.S. economic growth and jobs. In addition to these many functions, the office serves as a point of contact between federal, state and local governments, plus associated third parties, and the company’s business units.

Executive Biographies

Timothy Keating Senior Vice President, Government Operations, The Boeing Company
Leo A. Brooks Jr. Vice President, Defense, Space & Security
Stacey Dion Vice President, Corporate Public Policy
Miguel Gonzalez Director, Human Resources, Government Operations
Kathryn Greaney Vice President, OIG-Global Trade Controls
Richard Hauser Vice President, Assistant General Counsel
Jeff S. Hofgard Vice President, International Operations and Policy
Gordon Johndroe Vice President, Communications
Jennifer Lowe Vice President, National Strategy and Engagement
Stanley Roth Vice President, Boeing International
John Sassaman Director, Ethics & Business Conduct
John Shank Vice President, Federal Legislative Affairs
Frank Silverio Director of Operations
Nicole Vernon Chief of Staff, Government Operations

Export-Import Bank

The U.S. Export-Import Bank, known as Ex-Im, is a government agency that helps American businesses compete in the global economy by offering loans and guarantees to foreign purchasers of U.S. manufactured goods who meet strict lending qualifications. Ex-Im helps Boeing customers around the world secure financing for the purchase of Boeing airplanes and satellites. Fifty-nine other governments have their own version of Ex-Im, including the three governments that finance Airbus sales (France, Germany and the United Kingdom). Boeing is part of the Exporters for Ex-Im Coalition, which advocates for Congress to pass long-term Ex-Im reauthorization now. This is critical to our ability to compete globally and to create and sustain more than 1.5 million U.S. jobs across Boeing and throughout our U.S. supply chain.

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    Super Hornet/Growler

    EA-18G Growlers

    Boeing urges the United States Navy and Congress to continue production of the highly capable and affordable F/A-18E/F Super Hornet strike fighter and EA-18G Growler airborne electronic attack aircraft.

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      Tax Reform

      RATE Coalition logo

      Boeing supports tax reform that creates a system that is fairer, simpler and promotes economic growth. Many European countries have cut tax rates in the past two decades and developing nations such as China already offer a low-tax environment. The U.S. needs to match or better its global competitors to maintain its economic lead and generate faster growth and hiring. Boeing is part of the RATE Coalition which advocates for bipartisan tax reform that grows the economy and creates more jobs in the U.S.

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        Airbus Subsidies

        Graph showing illegal subsidies.

        In 2012 the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled that member governments of the European Union (EU) have provided $18 billion in illegal subsidies to Airbus. Chief among them is “launch aid,” which provides illegal government subsidies for new airplane development and that gives Airbus an unfair competitive advantage. Launch aid has enabled Airbus to build out its product line much faster than it could have done otherwise, and to sell its airplanes at artificially low prices. As a result, the U.S. aerospace industry has lost significant market share and jobs to Airbus and its European suppliers. To date, European governments have not complied with the WTO ruling, prompting the U.S, government to seek a WTO compliance ruling that is expected in 2015.

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          Space Exploration

          Space Launch System

          The Boeing Company has been a leading provider of human spaceflight systems and services for more than 50 years celebrating lunar footsteps, space shuttle launches and assembly of an orbital research facility. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration today is building a Commercial Space Transportation System capable of launching from the U.S. with crew and cargo to low earth orbit for the first time since the Space Shuttle program. Boeing is building that capability and its crew transportation system, CST-100, is on track for a first flight in 2017.

          NASA also is using the world’s largest rocket and advanced launch vehicle, SpaceLaunch System, to power the Orion spacecraft beyond Earth’s orbit into deep space. Around the country, teams are working on a number of advancements in propulsion, materials, and new capabilities to enable deep space exploration. These highly technical jobs and the mission schedule is in jeopardy due to a funding shortfall for Fiscal Year 2015. Boeing is working with NASA to keep the path to Mars on track. These highly technical jobs and the mission schedule are in jeopardy due to funding shortfalls. Boeing urges NASA and Congress to fully fund Space Exploration.

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          U.S. Impact

          Boeing in the States 2015: The Boeing Company and its subsidiaries had over 152,000 employees working in 49 states as of December 31, 2014. In the past 12 months, Boeing paid nearly $50 billion to more than 14,800 businesses, supporting an additional 1.5 million supplier-related jobs across the country. These businesses include production suppliers and non-production vendors, as well as subsidiaries of companies to which Boeing made other payments. In 2014, Boeing contributed over $127 million to U.S. nonprofit organizations. In addition, Boeing employees invested more than $41 million into their communities through combined giving programs, including the Employees Community Fund, one of the largest employee-owned funds in the world.

          Political Expenditures

          Certain states and localities permit corporate contributions to candidates and political parties. It is the policy of the Boeing Company to make political contributions in such states and localities when the Company determines such contributions to be in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders. The Company also may make contributions in support of, or in opposition to, state or local ballot initiatives in which the Company has a substantial interest. Since 2010, the Company has not made any contributions from corporate funds to state or local candidates or political parties. Also, Boeing has not expended any corporate funds since 2011 in support of or opposition to ballot initiatives, or since 2012 for political contributions to section 527 entities. Boeing also has not contributed and does not contribute corporate funds to Super PACs, or for electioneering communications or independent expenditures. Corporate contributions to federal candidates are prohibited by federal law, and Boeing accordingly makes no such contributions.

          Furthermore, it is Boeing's practice and policy to prohibit outside organizations such as trade associations from using Boeing's funds for any election-related political expenditure. Boeing has requested and received written assurance of adherence to that policy by its largest trade associations. Boeing continues to communicate its policy to other groups with which it is associated, in order to prevent the use by such groups of Boeing's corporate funds for election-related political purposes. Moreover, Boeing regularly reviews each of its outside affiliations, including a review of any advocacy undertaken by such third-party groups, to ensure continued overall alignment with Boeing’s interests and business strategy. Any continued support for such organizations must be approved by the Senior Vice President, Government Operations, on at least an annual basis.

          Boeing uses corporate resources in order to support Boeing’s viewpoint on important public policy issues, including expenditures for external entities who advocate on Boeing’s behalf. Any such advocacy requires the prior approval of Boeing’s Senior Vice President, Government Operations, is overseen and managed by Boeing’s Government Operations organization, and is conducted in accordance with applicable law, sound corporate practice, and our high standards of ethical conduct. Boeing files lobbying disclosure reports with the United States Congress, which are available here. Boeing files similar reports where required at the state level. In addition, Boeing’s Senior Vice President, Government Operations, reports regularly to Boeing’s Board of Directors on the Company’s lobbying and other advocacy activities.

          If the Company were at some point in the future to resume the use of corporate funds for state and local political contributions, it would employ a rigorous review and approval process to ensure that the expenditures are in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders. The Company's process for approving corporate political contributions in state and local elections and ballot initiatives requires the Board of Directors to authorize a budget for such contributions. Such contributions would be made within that budget, in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, and in accordance with the specific authority granted by the Board of Directors, including any delegations to the Chief Executive Officer and/or the Senior Vice President, Government Operations. Any corporate political contributions would be recommended by the Government Operations organization and reviewed for compliance by the Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Government Operations, and an outside law firm before being presented to the Senior Vice President, Government Operations for review and approval. Any corporate political contributions would be made without regard to party affiliation and solely on the basis of a candidate’s policy positions on business issues of importance to the aerospace industry and to the Company and its shareholders. Any corporate political contributions are disclosed on this website on an annual basis.

          The 2015 political expenditures by The Boeing Company Political Action Committee (BPAC), a voluntary, nonpartisan political action committee established by The Boeing Company in accordance with federal law, are set forth here. BPAC is governed by an Advisory Committee comprised of Company executives and is funded solely from the voluntary personal contributions it receives from its members, who are employees of the Company eligible to be solicited for and to make contributions under federal election law. BPAC may direct contributions to the campaigns of candidates seeking federal offices, as well as selected state and local campaigns, ballot initiatives, and section 527 entities where such contributions are allowed. BPAC makes contributions under the supervision of the Senior Vice President, Government Operations in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Authority to approve BPAC contributions has been delegated to the BPAC Treasurer (Vice President, National Strategy and Engagement). BPAC contributions are made without regard to party affiliation and solely on the basis of a candidate’s policy positions on business issues of importance to the aerospace industry and to the Company and its shareholders. The Senior Vice President, Government Operations, reviews BPAC’s budget and activity with the BPAC Advisory Committee semi-annually and with the Company's Board of Directors annually.

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