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• HEALTHCARE. Wal-Mart is bringing on the law and lobby firm Covington & Burling to help it with the Defense Department’s Tricare program — a healthcare program for military personnel, military retirees and their dependents. The retail giant covers Tricare prescription plans at its pharmacies and will be lobbying on prescription drug access issues. Last year, Dan Bryant, the head of Covington’s public policy shop, went over to Wal-Mart to lead its global public policy and government affairs team.

• Opioid addiction and dependence is receiving increased attention from congressional policymakers, the executive branch and presidential candidates. Shatterproof, a nonprofit dedicated to ending addiction, has hired K Street advocates to work on its behalf. Law firm Foley Hoag will be addressing the “prescribing guidelines for opioid medications” as written by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Shatterproof’s leadership is comprised of scientific, medical, business and public policy professionals, including former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), who sits on the board of directors.

• DEFENSE. Former Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) is now working for defense contractor General Dynamics on appropriations issues. The work is being done through the former House Armed Services Committee chairman’s lobbying firm, the McKeon Group, which includes McKeon’s former chief of staff, Robert Cochran, and his son, Howard D. McKeon. The firm also works for Aerojet Rocketdyne and the United States Tamil Political Action Council, though General Dynamics is McKeon’s largest defense client yet. Under ethics rules, the former congressman could begin lobbying his former colleagues early this year.

• FOREIGN AFFAIRS. The Turkish Institute for Progress, a United States-based organization that aims to strengthen the relationship between the U.S. and Turkey, hired the firm Mercury Public Affairs to work on its behalf. Last year, it terminated its business relationship with public affairs firm Levick, where former Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.) was working on its behalf.