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CONSULTING. Flynn Intel Group, a firm run by a national security adviser to President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump goes after Cassidy after saying he wouldn't support him for president in 2024 Jan. 6 panel lays out criminal contempt case against Bannon Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Agencies sound alarm over ransomware targeting agriculture groups MORE, has hired its first lobbying firm. SGR LLC Government Relations and Lobbying will be working on advising the client on “US domestic and foreign policy.” Flynn Intel Group, helmed by retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, “provides elite intelligence to industry and government worldwide,” its website says. Although the form recently appeared in lobbying disclosure records, the agreement was inked nearly two weeks before the presidential election. SGR recently registered to represent the government of Saudi Arabia. 

HEALTHCARE. Armory Hill Advocates is working on behalf of three home healthcare service providers — My Visiting Nurse, Optimal Wellness Health Homecare and Serendipity Loving Care. The firm will help to lobby on the moratorium on home health services imposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In August, the CMS began a temporary moratorium on the Medicare enrollment of new home health agencies. The freeze — implemented to curb fraud in the system — applies to five states, including Florida, and is set to last for six months. Industry groups say that not all improper payments are fraud and hope to work with the CMS to figure out better procedures. 


FOREIGN AFFAIRS. The Harbour Group is working for the Executive Affairs Authority of Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, according to new filings with the Justice Department. The firm will be working to develop “messages” and “materials,” in addition to counseling on strategic communications, media and spokesman training, strategy on media relations, and having a presence online and media marketing. Although just submitted to the Justice Department, the agreement began on July 1, 2016. It is set to last through July 2019.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE. The Summerill Group is helping the Lackawanna County Prison in Scranton, Pa., and the St. Charles County Department of Corrections in Missouri as they seek to negotiate an agreement with the U.S. Marshals Service to house federal prisoners. Joseph Summerill, who runs the firm, specializes in these kinds of negotiations and previously worked as the chief contracts attorney at the Bureau of Prisons at the Justice Department.