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THE MADISON GROUP CONSULTANTS LLC

 

A Private Practice in the Public Interest

 

Dr. Douglas B.  King and Associates

 

Email: douglasking@madisongroup.us

Web:  madisongroup.us

Phone: 608.832.6455

 

About The Madison Group

 

The Madison Group is a non-profit consulting practice.  The Madison Group is a confederated consortium of licensed professionals from every profession ranging from law and medicine to engineering and the environment.  Our associates are accomplished individuals with distinguished careers and extensive expertise in a wide range of disciplines and occupations.  We work with the public and private sectors anonymously and confidentially on behalf of our clients to facilitate outcomes, broker arrangements and achieve understandings of mutual benefit in pursuit of noble social purposes.

 

Our mission is to assist ordinary people with issues of public interest.  Our focus is on the prevention and repair of injustice.  Think:  The bigger they are the harder they fall.   Our associates donate their services voluntarily without charge as their interests appear.  Some represent legal firms and provide their services on a pro-bono basis.  Think :  Robin Hood.  Associates who volunteer to provide services to the Madison Group do so under nondisclosure agreement.   Associates are not permitted to disclose their affiliation with the Madison Group and agree to maintain plausible deniability.   Associates are not indemnified.  Breach of confidentiality and/or nondisclosure agreement results in substantial stipulated financial forfeitures as compelled by sealed reciprocal letters of escrow.

 

The Madison Groups projects depend on what piques the interest of its colleagues.   The focus of The Madison Groups projects is on helping ordinary people level the playing field with big government, big business and big money.    Potential associates are pitched projects to see if anyone will volunteer their time.  Associates decide to affiliate with the group when they want to make a difference in a particular public interest issue that they were or are unable to effectively address while serving in their public and private positions.   These become the projects of the Madison Group.  The composition of the Madison Group keeps changing depending upon the set of associates and the issues involved at any point in time.  Once work is concluded, associates are bound by nondisclosure agreement never to divulge any affiliation with the group or reveal any information obtained during their tenure.

 

The Madison Group can be thought of as a facilitator of outcomes.  It is a broker of arrangements and understandings.  It serves as a matchmaker and exchange trader of favors among advocates of various positions on behalf of clients when opportunities find competing interests match up with the interests of the client.  Think:  if you help someone on this, then someone will help you on that.  On occasion, the Madison Group openly leverages the media access of its members to stimulate exposure of injustice, wrongdoing and impropriety.  On rare occasions the Madison Group goes public with direct appeal in the media or legislative testimony or appearances before boards of corporate governance.

 

The Madison Group leverages private access to highly placed, influential public and private decision makers, corporate and government whistle-blowers and the media.  Such access comes directly from sources themselves, and indirectly from sources who have access to classified and redacted information from within their organizations.  Sometimes information that is classified or not covered under open records laws or the freedom of information act is obtained by sources surreptitiously using creative techniques not revealed or discussed.   Think:  Dont ask, dont tell.  Our sources are confidential and protected under attorney-client and doctor-patient privilege and never revealed.   The Three Prohibitions of the Madison Group are:   no politics; no publicity; no participation.  The anonymous sources include federal, state and local agencies, for-profit and non-profit corporations, law firms and private organizations, and current and former partners, executives, employees, family, friends and acquaintances who have their own agendas for sharing information of benefit to clients.

 

Our best results are achieved quietly and discreetly without litigation or publicity when no one is even aware the Madison Group was ever involved.  The Madison Group does not acknowledge any association with its colleagues and our colleagues do not acknowledge any association with us.  However, associates have an affirmative duty to warn.  Therefore, in some limited circumstances, partners, attorneys and staff in law firms provide information helpful in defeating the pleadings of their own plaintiffs and defendants in court cases where public interests outweighs private gains from litigation.  On rare occasions, such arrangements have resulted in the exposure, arrest, indictment, prosecution, conviction, fine and imprisonment of public and private executives.  Think:  Sunlight is the best disinfectant.  Lets go public.

 

Madison Group associates employ quiet persuasion and fly under-the-radar to exert influence on outcomes.  They are very good at what they do.  This combination of expertise and access has proven to be a very potent and effective approach to securing changes to laws, administrative rules and business policies and practices and reaching private negotiated settlements and agreements without resorting to litigation or publicity.   As a result, The Madison Group has never lost an engagement on behalf of a client.

 

The Madison Group has provided assistance in a very wide range of areas that are sometimes unique or unusual.  Some of the engagements are listed below.

 

 

Sampling of Engagements Successfully Completed by The Madison Group Consultants

 

       Lobbying and position paper development.

       Legislative bill drafting.

       Drafting of local ordinances.

       Protection of several wetlands.

       Cleanup of several waterways.

       Re-routing of several county highways.

       Securing broadband Internet services for several rural towns.

       Facilitating protection of and historic status designation for a historic church.

       Helping towns and municipalities defend local Land Use Plans against development.

       Helping a town develop a fundraising campaign to repay a loan taken for creation of a park surrounding a national historic site to protect it from development.

       Helping defeat frac sand mine in the Lower Wisconsin Riverway [Pattison Sand Inc,  Town of Bridgeport, Crawford Co.]

       Obtaining a change in pension plan practices on behalf of several groups of retired employees.

       Termination of nuisance lighting on a telecommunications tower.

       Protection of trout streams from development.

       Obtaining sewer back-up mitigation and protection and financial settlement for a subdivision.

       Promoting dark sky outdoor lighting to preserve the view of stars in the night sky.

       Obtaining senior friendly redesign of product packaging on a national brand.

       Obtaining product discounts for clients on major contracts.

       Changing radio station programming on a regional radio station.

       Changing local speed limits and signage at dangerous intersections.

       Changing a deceptive banking practice.

       Facilitating the prosecution, conviction, fine and imprisonment of a bond trader for securities fraud.

       Securing the convictions of executives in public agencies and private corporations for wrongdoing.

       Arranging for public exposure of white-collar crime and impropriety.

       Enforcing numerous warranty claims on behalf of clients.

       Changing store signage through secret shopping services.

       Changing restaurant service practices for handicapped accessibility.

       Obtaining settlements in consumer protection litigation.

       Redesigning of multiple business information systems.

       Providing small group counseling to resolve staff relationship issues.

       Reducing disaster risk for several small businesses.

       Creating environmental health and safety plans for public corporations.

       Performing business system performance appraisal for a failing Division.

       Performing business process re-engineering designs for major public agencies.

       Redesigning of a telecommunications management business system.

       Redesigning of several customer service operations.

       Recruiting, interviewing and evaluating employees for a major business.

       Conducting mock inspections of businesses for safety compliance.

       Providing secret shopping services for regional businesses.

       Promoting audits, appraisals, and assessments for several Fortune 500 corporations.

       Secured funding approval for requests proposed by various state agencies.

       Secured funding approval for grant applications from various county, city, village and town governments.

       Secured funding approval for grant applications from various non-profit businesses and public interest organizations.

       Advocated legislation and budget requests before Joint Finance Committee of the Legislature and other legislative venues.

       Provided arts marketing services.

       Promoted silent sports.

       Promoted noise control.

       Promoted dark sky lighting and abatement of light pollution.

       Provided survey and public opinion research services.

       Provided ghost writing and publishing services.

       Provided alternative business dispute mediation and resolution.

       Provided educational facilities planning.

       Provided grants writing and administration services.

       Provided technical writing and editing services.

       Provided capital budgeting services.

       Provided hazardous materials management services.

       Provided risk management and security services.

       Provided long range, strategic, operational and tactical business systems planning services.

       Provided information technology planning services.

       Procured vendors through competitive bidding.

       Developed Requests for Proposals (RFP), Requests for Bids (RFB), Requests for Information (RFI).

       Evaluated RFPs and RFBs and RFIs.

       Provided consumer protection complaint resolution.

       Provided career counseling, life coaching, student mentoring and confidential executive mentoring services.

       Assisted with siting of wind turbines

       Assisted the transfer of development rights

       Assisted with plans of care for elderly residents of assisted living facilities

       Assisted elderly people to remain living in their homes and obtain reimbursement for the improvements made to them.

       Assisted in the sale of real estate for retirement.

       Assisted manufacturing facility to improve its manufacturing process for less defects.

       Secured legislative approval and funding of the Wisconsin Floodplain-Shoreland Protection Program.

       Secured legislative approval and funding of the Wisconsin Wetland Protection Program.

       Secured legislative approval and funding for the Wisconsin Riverway.

       Protected public shoreline from private encroachment.

       Secured legislative approval and funding of public access to Wisconsin waterways.

       Secured legislative approval and funding for libraries on UW campuses.

       Secured legislative approval and funding of Performing Art Centers on UW campuses.

       Secured legislative approval and funding of the Wisconsin Synchronous Communication Optical Network.

       Assisted the design and development and funding of information technology plans for 60 state agencies.

       Implemented statewide data standards.

       Implemented statewide land information standards.

       Secured legislative approval and funding of land information plans in 72 counties.

       Enforced the Open Records Law and the Freedom of Information Act.

       Supported the employment retention of whistleblowers.

       Assisted womens health initiatives.

       Assisted womens sports initiatives.

       Assisted womens business initiatives.

       Secured legislative approval and funding of Electronic Degree Programs at UW campuses.

       Assisted with vetting and recruitment of public relations and marketing firms.

       Protected a public shoreland hiking trail from development.

       Assisted the removal of prayer cards from a national airline.

       Represented families in successful claims against businesses and government agencies.

       Served as whistleblower for employees disclosing confidential information.

       Served as deep background facilitator of sourcing for media reporters.

 

 

Dr. Douglas King Biographical Information

 

Dr. Douglas King is a retired CEO with a 30-year career in public service.  He served three Governors of the State of Wisconsin,  Lee Dreyfus, Anthony Earl and Tommy Thompson; three Secretaries of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Lester Voigt, Carroll Besadny, and Anthony Earl, and three Presidents of the University of Wisconsin System, Robert ONeil, Kenneth Shaw, and Katharine Lyall; and three Secretaries of the Wisconsin Department of Administration, James Klauser, George Lightbourn, and Mark Bueher.   He served as a Senior Advisor and Governors Budget Briefer in the Wisconsin State Budget Office, worked as a Career Executive Officer in Wisconsin State Government and was appointed by Governor Tommy Thompson as the legislatively confirmed Executive Director of the Wisconsin Land Information Board.

 

Positions and Appointments

 

Office of The Governor, State of Wisconsin

 

       Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, State of Wisconsin Land Information Board

       Governors Budget Briefer, Wisconsin State Budget Office, Department of Administration

       Governors Budget Briefer, Joint Committee on Finance, Wisconsin State Legislature 

       Chair of the Wisconsin Land Council Information System Task Force, Office of the Governor

 

Wisconsin Department of Administration

 

       Senior Telecommunications Technology Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Administration

       Senior Information Technology Policy Advisor, Wisconsin State Budget Office, Wisconsin Department of Administration

       Instructor, Strategic Business and Information Systems, Wisconsin Department of Administration

       Business Systems Planning Officer, Wisconsin Department of Administration

       Strategic Information Technology Officer, Wisconsin Department of Administration

 

University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents

 

       Director of Environmental Health and Safety, University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents

       Director of Risk Management, University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents

       Director of Hazardous Materials Management and Toxicology, University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents

       Director of Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Health, Laboratory Safety, University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents

       Director of Workers Compensation and Medical Claims Management, University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents

       Director of Energy Management, University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents

       Director of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Control Systems, University of Wisconsin Board of Regents

       Director of Solid Waste Management, University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents

       Director of Recycling Programs, University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents

       Director of Air Pollution Control, University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents

       Executive Officer for Environmental Affairs, University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents

       Executive Officer for Real Estate, Property Management, and Land Acquisition, University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents

       Executive Officer for Capital Budgeting, University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents

       Director of Facilities and Space Management, University of Wisconsin Board of Regents

       Director of Computing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD), and Computer Aided Facilities Management (CAFM), University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents

 

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

 

       Agency Information Systems Planner, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

       Departmental Data Coordinator, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

       Director, Aerial Photography and Mapping Mission, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

       Director of State Wetlands Mapping, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

       Director of State Shoreland Mapping, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

       Director of Public Lands Inventory, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

       Director of State Lake and Stream Inventory, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

       Agency Representative, Wisconsin Coastal Zone Management Program

       Chief Water Resources Planner, Bureau of Natural Resource Planning, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

       Director, Records Management and Office Automation, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

       Director, Boat and Snowmobile Registration System Redesign, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

       Director, Payroll and Personnel System Redesign, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

       Assistant Director, Information Management, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

 

University of Wisconsin - Madison

 

       Lecturer, University of Wisconsin Department of Urban and Regional Planning

       Guest Lecturer, University of Wisconsin School of Business

 

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

 

       Instructor in Techniques and Methods of Planning and Analysis, University of Wisconsin

       Research Associate in Urban Affairs, University of Wisconsin

 

State of Wisconsin Positions and Appointment Oversight

 

       60 state agencies.

       66,000 employees.

       Total Budget:  $100 million annual.

       Program Budget Administered in State Budget Office: $24 billion biennial.

       Managed Budget:  $12 million annual.

       Signature authority:  $1 million annual.

       Direct Staff Supervision: 10 positions.

       Field Staff Supervision:  72 positions.

 

University of Wisconsin Positions and Appointment Oversight

 

       26 campuses; 12-4 year, 13-2 year, 1-doctoral.

       18,000 campus acres.

       1,800 buildings.

       50,000,000 gross square feet.

       $6.5 billion building value.

       $4.3 billion contents value.

       Line staff reporting:  20 positions.

       Field staff reporting:  130 positions.

       Operating budget:  $3.5 billion annual.

       Capital budget:  $500 million biennium.

       Managed Budget:  $1 million per month.

       Signature authority:  $10 million.

       Faculty:  6,700 people.

       Staff:  28,000 people.

       160,000 Headcount students.

       135,000 Full Time Equivalent students.

       Teaching contacts:  UW Extension – 1, 040,000 people.

       Public Radio/TV contacts:  1,200,000 people.

       Distance Education contacts:  100,000 people.

       Degrees per year:  Bachelors – 21,000; Advanced&Professional 6,400.

       Federal, state, institutional financial aid:  $550 million annual.

 

Education

 

       PhD, Public Administration and Computer Science

       MS, Urban and Regional Planning

       MS, Water and Land Resources Management

       BS, Sociology

 

Certificates, Licenses and Registrations

 

       Certificate in City Management

       Certificate in Business Process Reengineering

       Registered Facilities Manager

       Certified Computer Systems Engineering Professional

       Certificate in Performance, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

 

Awards

 

       International Social Science Honor Society

       Delta Tau Kappa for Academic Achievement, University of Wisconsin

       United States Department of Interior Fellow

       Eugene Craven Memorial Nominee

       Deans List University of Wisconsin

       Presidents Award, Wisconsin Land Information Association

       Outstanding Achievement Award, Wisconsin Land Information Association

       Editor in Chief of the University of Wisconsin Newspaper VIATOR

       Governors Commendation, Governor Tommy Thompson

       Legislative Commendation, Wisconsin State Legislature

       Presidents Award, University of Wisconsin Board of Regents

       Secretarys Award, Wisconsin Department of Administration

       Secretarys Award, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

 

Affiliations

 

       American Management Association

       American Society of Training and Development

       American Institute for Certification of Computer Professions

       International Facilities Management Association Council on Higher Education

       Wisconsin State Bar Association

       American Institute of Planners

       League of Wisconsin Municipalities

       Association of Wisconsin Newspaper Editors

       Governing Inc.

       Association of Planning Officials

       American Planning Association

       Association of Wisconsin Planners

       University of Wisconsin Alumni Association

       Association for Computing Machinery

       World Future Society

       Harvard Business Association

       Planning Executives Institute

       Conservation Foundation

       Green Peace

       National Wildlife Federation

       IBM Executive Systems Institute

       HospiceCare of Wisconsin

       Sierra Club

       Isaac Walton League

       Wilderness Society

       National Geographic Society

       Nature Conservancy

       American Civil Liberties Union

       The Hemlock Society

       The Rape Crisis Center

       Concealed Carry Association

       The Dharma Center for Buddhism

       Save The Manatee Foundation

       KIVA Micro Loans Inc.

       FINCA Micro Loans Inc.

       Earth First

       Earth Liberation Front

       Ad Busters

       The Ruckus Society

       Anonymous

       Wiki Leaks

       The National Whistleblowers Center

       Nature Conservancy

       Native American Foundation

       Amnesty International

       Global View Buddhist Dharma Healing Center

       Deer Park Buddhist Center

       National Wildlife Federation

       International Certified Computer Professionals Association

       International Facilities Management Association

       Wisconsin Land Information Association

       Society of College and University Planners

       Higher Education Facilities Management Association

       Urban/Regional Information Systems Association

       Data Processing Management Association

       Automated Mapping/Facilities Management International

       Association for Image Management

       Quality Improvement Network

       Deming Management Method Association

       International Standards Organization

       Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

       National States Geographic Information Consortium

 

Avocation

 

       Author and Columnist.  Dr. King is the author of numerous public interest publications, articles and newspaper columns.

       Presenter.  Dr. King is a presenter of seminars, guest lectures, a keynote speaker and a provider of testimony at legislative hearings and an expert witness in litigation.

       Dr. King is President of Mindworm Records, where he performs and produces original keyboard music, which has been published worldwide on CDBaby and iTunes.

       Dr. King is President of the Douglas King Studio, which builds handmade keyboard instruments as art forms.

       Dr. King is President of the Woolly Bear Press, which authors and publishes books and articles.