David Olive focuses his blogging primarily on the “business of homeland security” — the interaction of the private sector with the Department of Homeland Security and other national security agencies.
Olive is a principal of Catalyst Partners, a Washington D.C based government relations and public affairs firm with an emphasis on homeland security and national security issues. He previously served as Chief of Staff for then Representative Asa Hutchinson (R-AR) in the 106th Congress. Hutchinson, the former Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, served as the first Undersecretary for Border and Transportation Security at the Department of Homeland Security.
Olive’s government relations and business development clients have included Acxiom, Boeing, Sabre, Travelocity, SAIC, The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), Acxiom; the Fort Smith (AR) Regional Airport; PhRMA, SAS, Church & Dwight, Intellicheck, Viisage (now L-1 Identity Solutions), Duos Technologies; and Canberra. He has testified before the Aviation Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives on reform of the Federal Aviation Administration.
The Hill newspaper has named Olive one of the top five Homeland Security lobbyists in Washington DC.
In addition to his consulting practice, Olive serves as the moderator of the Washington Homeland Security Roundtable, a non-profit organization comprised of private sector companies who seek to learn about policy, procedures and procurements affecting the federal homeland security marketplace. Participating Roundtable members include Boeing, Lockheed, SAIC, United Technologies, Siemens, Raytheon and some 20 other companies.