As published for CQ Weekly, November 2nd, 2010:

Two alumni of the George W. Bush administration have joined Hamilton Place Strategies, a Republican consultancy, to help launch a new business line: HPS Insight, a public policy advisory unit distinct from the firm’s public relations services. Steve McMillin, who was a deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Bush years, and Scott Parsons, who worked in the Treasury Department, are partners. Hamilton Place was started by Tony Fratto after his stint as Bush’s deputy press secretary.

McMillin, 44, was at the White House through most of the previous administration. Before that he was a GOP staff member on the Senate Banking Committee and returned to the Hill last year as an adviser to Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, the top Republican on the House Budget Committee.ᅠ He then formed his own lobbying shop, McMillin Consulting.

Parsons, 45, comes back to Washington from New York, where he’s been since leaving the Treasury in 2007. Like McMillin, Parsons formed his own lobbying firm, Parsons Strategies Group, after the Bush administration. He’s folding his clients into Hamilton Place’s practice.