Science, Technology and Telecommunications

The Livingston Group (TLG) team includes experienced lobbyists and consultants with in depth knowledge about the federal government’s investments and programs in science, technology, and telecommunications.  Telecommunications policy continues to be a dynamic legislative and regulatory area including public and private wireless spectrum, net neutrality conditions, rural broadband availability, public safety systems, security protocols, satellite provisions, and the convergence of voice, data, and video.  Consulting and lobbying client experience at TLG includes telecommunication policy with satellite broadcast, telephone, and internet providers.

Congress currently appropriates in excess of $140 billion per year in science and technology programs administered by departments and agencies including the departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Energy, Health and Human Services (including the National Institutes of Health), Agriculture, and Commerce, as well as the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the Environmental Protection Agency. The research, development, and demonstration programs and their linkage to government missions are well understood within TLG.  We help clients compete for these funds, as well as advocate new and expanded policies for research and development projects.

The high technology sector is an important driver for U.S. competitiveness.  Federal investments in defense, aerospace, information technology, telecommunications, materials, biotechnology, security, next generation energy concepts, and university training of our scientists and engineers are examples of how important this segment is to our nation's future.

The Livingston Group represents associations, universities, societies, and both large and small high technology companies engaged in work at some of the government’s most innovative research agencies and laboratories.  Our team has members with direct government and corporate experience in defense, energy, materials, electronics, software, chemicals, healthcare, telecommunications, and biotechnology.

Lead Partner/Director

J. Allen Martin - is the managing Partner of The Livingston Group.  Mr. Martin was Chief of Staff to Bob Livingston (R-LA) throughout the congressman’s twenty-plus-year congressional career.  He founded The Livingston Group with Mr. Livingston in 1999.  Mr. Martin has extraordinary relationships among a wide variety of congressional leaders, the executive branch, and foreign governments.


Honorable Lauri J. Fitz-Pegado - is a Partner at The Livingston Group and a former Vice President for Global Gateway Management, as well as former Vice President for Corporate Communications at Iridium LLC, the world's first global satellite and paging company. She served as Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service.  Ms. Fitz-Pegado is also a former diplomat.

Honorable Tim Hugo - was named as one of Washington Business Forward's Top 40 rising stars.  Mr. Hugo is the President of CapNet, a trade association dedicated to educating and electing public officials who recognize the concerns of the technology community.  Prior to joining CapNet, Mr. Hugo served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Bud Shuster (R-PA), Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.  In 2002, Mr. Hugo was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. He is a member of the Transportation, Finance, and Privileges and Elections committees.

Martin Cancienne - is a partner at The Livingston Group and a former Chief of Staff to House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Billy Tauzin (R-LA).  Mr. Cancienne focuses primarily on appropriations, agriculture, health and education matters, energy and environmental issues, and Army Corps of Engineers projects. His extensive background and experience on the local, state, and federal level brings valuable knowledge and understanding in these areas.

Puneet Ahluwalia -Mr. Ahluwalia currently serves as Chairman of the Board of HummingBirds Consulting LLC, a premier information technology project solutions service provider, specializing in professional information systems consulting, enterprise architecture, system support, project management, system development and IT staffing.

Representative Clients

  • Accenture
  • Oracle
  • Verizon