Legislative Affairs Advisor, National Coordination Office for
Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing
Steve Sidorek is the Legislative Affairs Advisor for the National Coordination Office (NCO) for Space-Based PNT, spearheading all legislative outreach efforts to Capitol Hill.
Before joining the NCO in August 2008, Steve was a Legislative Assistant for Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY). He wrote legislation, speeches, and high-level correspondence to minimize negative effects of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) on cross-border trade and tourism; the efforts delayed full implementation of WHTI until June 2009. Additionally, he collaborated with the Air Force personnel and House Armed Services Committee staff on legislation concerning construction projects and operations at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. Steve also proposed legislation requiring the United States Army to open sole-source ground radio contracts to competition.
Steve's congressional experience also includes serving as a Legislative Correspondent for Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (NV) and as a Staff Assistant for Congressman Dan Boren (OK). His correspondence portfolio while working for Senator Reid included homeland security, labor, trade, and veterans’ affairs matters. He assisted the Senator with the formulation of legislative proposals to improve Department of Veterans Affairs compensation provided to retired, disabled veterans; shepherded the bill through legislative processes and coordinated with Senate Veterans Affairs Committee staff to attach it to the Fiscal Year 2008 Defense Authorization Act.
Steve first gained interest in public affairs while interning for then-Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (NY) in her Syracuse, New York district office. It was there that he acquired first-hand experience of the various issues affecting the lives of the constituents throughout Central New York and the role the federal government plays in governing individuals.
A native of Bloomington, Indiana, Steve received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Syracuse University in May 2004 and his Master of Arts degree in applied politics from American University in December 2005. He was the 2005 recipient of the Bryce Harlow Foundation Scholarship, which recognizes qualified and motivated graduate students pursuing a career in public affairs, government relations, or lobbying.