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• EDUCATION. One of Washington’s most prominent business groups is going back to school — with K Street’s help. The Business Roundtable has hired Penn Hill Group to lobby on “issues and initiatives as follows: K-12 Higher Education Workforce,” according to lobbying disclosure records. Alex Nock, once Democratic deputy staff director for the House Education and Labor Committee, and Vic Klatt, a former Republican staff director for the panel, are among the lobbyists working the account.

• HEALTHCARE. Dental plans are keeping an eye on ObamaCare. Van Heuvelen Strategies has signed up for Delta Dental Plans Association to lobby on “issues related to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.” Diane Major, a former health policy analyst for the Senate Republican Policy Committee, and Robert Van Heuvelen, once chief of staff to ex-Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), are lobbying for the association.

• POSTAL. Postal reform remains a major issue on Capitol Hill, and that’s driving some work to the influence industry. The American Catalog Mailers Association has brought on Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti to lobby on “postal-related issues.” Alex Vogel, once chief counsel for ex-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), and David Castagnetti, former chief of staff to Sen. Max BaucusMax Sieben BaucusClients’ Cohen ties become PR liability Green Party puts Dem seat at risk in Montana Business groups worried about Trump's China tariffs plan MORE (D-Mont.), are among the lobbyists working the account.
• TAX. Capitol Counsel has picked up another client looking at tax reform. Principal Financial Group has contracted with the powerhouse tax lobby firm for “monitoring issues related to tax reform, financial services and retirement/pension policy,” with former Rep. Jim McCrery (R-La.) and Dena Battle, once legislative director for Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), among the lobbyists representing the financial services company. The firm has registered to lobby for a number of clients on tax reform this year, including The American Council of Life Insurers and Hess Corp. 
• TRANSPORTATION. McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies has picked up another client, CSX Corp., adding to the growing practice. Jennifer LaTourette, a former chief of staff to ex-Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio), and Hilary Fulp, once a legislative assistant to LaTourette, will be lobbying for the rail-based freight company on “issues related to rail reauthorization.”