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• TESTIMONY. The United Kingdom hired a U.S. firm to help prep its country’s officials for a congressional hearing on Capitol Hill on information sharing between private companies and law enforcement. The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on Wednesday, featuring testimony from Brad Wiegmann, a U.S. Justice Department official, and Paddy McGuinness, the U.K.’s deputy national security adviser. DLA Piper, a law and lobby firm, signed a $10,000 contract with the U.K. to “advise and assist the Embassy of the United Kingdom on differences between UK and US law and US privacy concerns in preparation for a congressional hearing on law enforcement access to electronic communications,” disclosures say.  

• SAUDI ARABIA. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which is among the countries President Trump is visiting on his first foreign trip as president, has signed its 21st U.S. law, lobbying or public affairs firm. Hill + Knowlton Strategies, a global public relations firm based in New York, notified the Justice Department that it would be working for the Saudi government. The firm will be “providing public relations counsel to foreign principal regarding global communications strategy,” according to disclosures, but because the contract terms are not yet final, there are no additional details about how much it is worth. 

• DO NOT PAY. Equifax said in recent lobbying disclosure forms that it has hired a law firm, Dykema Gossett, to show “support for programs that address improper payments by the federal government” on its behalf. The company is involved with the Treasury’s Do Not Pay program, which aims to reduce fraudulent and improper federal payments by first checking databases before issuing a payment.   

• RETIREMENT. Save Our Savings, a coalition dedicated to protecting the tax status of employer-sponsored retirement plans, officially hired a lobbying firm. Groom Law Group, which helps run the coalition, has lobbyists on the account who have experience on the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Save Our Savings is focused on “tax reform’s impact on the retirement plan savings incentives.”