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Tuesday, 01 March 2016 12:02

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NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR: The showdown between Apple and law enforcement over encryption is spilling over into Congress. Fresh off the company's victory[1] from a New York federal magistrate yesterday, Apple General Counsel Bruce Sewell appears before the House Judiciary Committee today, alongside FBI Director James Comey. New York district attorney Cyrus Vance, also testify, will discuss draft legislation to require software designers to make devices searchable with a proper warrant. Apple instead supports the bill from Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas) and Sen. Mark Warner(D-Va.) that would create an encryption commission. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam chimed in with a call for Congress to take up the issue. (Pro Technology has more[2].)

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All eyes are on the hearing today as most tech companies, while quietly sympathetic to Apple, are keeping their heads down. One tech lobbyist said his clients are eager for intel on the proposals but don't want an advocacy push just yet. As Information Technology Industry CouncilPresident and CEO Dean Garfield said in a statement yesterday, "this is the beginning of the conversation." More business leaders are going to have to make their views known as they take questions from lawmakers, shareholders and reporters.

Fierce Government Relationsand Franklin Square Group represent Apple on encryption. Verizon's lobbyists on cybersecurity include Mercury Strategies, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreckand Crossroads Strategies. Also active on the issue: Sixkiller Consultingand Emery Simonfor BSA | The Software Alliance, Google, Peck Madigan Jones for Facebook,the Internet Association,and Mehlman Castagnettifor the Technology CEO Council.

BRADY WATCH:Downtowners are carefully watching House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady's (R-Texas) primary stand today, and wondering what a likely May runoff would mean for the committee's agenda. Typically members in primary battles shy away from their committee work, but Brady has made his chairmanship central to his campaign.

Rice University professor Mark Jones tells Pro Tax's Bernie Becker that Brady has blanketed his district with ads and mailers, a sign of his concern about the race, but might have alienated voters with so many deliveries. Campaign Pro's Elena Schneider reports[3] that Republican operatives named four other Texans who might face runoffs: Pete Sessions, John Culberson, Lamar Smithand Bill Flores. Also, three Alabamans: Reps. Bradley Byrne and Martha Roby and Sen. Richard Shelby.

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FIRST IN PI ...The National Retail Federation and the National Restaurant Associationtogether started the Path Forward coalition on workforce development. "Policy makers need a complete understanding about the opportunities we create for millions of Americans young and old, in communities large and small, and the dangers of a one-size-fits-all policy debate on labor issues," NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said in a statement. Does that meaning opposing raising the minimum wage, the administration's proposed overtime rule, or the joint employer standard? Erin Grandstaff, a spokeswoman for the coalition with Potomac West Group, said those issues are on the table.

MOVERS:

David J. Berteau, assistant secretary of defense for logistics and materiel readiness, will become CEO of the Professional Services Councilon March 28, succeeding Stan Soloway, who stepped down last fall after 15 years. Berteau worked in the Defense Department on acquisition, logistics, personnel and budgets and was confirmed as assistant secretary in December of 2014. He also worked at government contractor SAIC, consulting firm Clark & Weinstock, and the think tank the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and he's taught at the University of Texas at Austin, Georgetown University and Syracuse University.

Julie Pawelczykjoins The Conafay Grouptoday as vice president to focus on health and education. A former aide to Rep. Jack Davis (R-Ill.), she specializes in seeking fundings through the Defense Department's Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs. Clients include the Antibiotics Working Group, Alnylam Pharmaceuticalsand Cempra Pharmaceuticals.

VOX HOPPE:Speaker Paul Ryan's chief of staff, Dave Hoppe, spoke to the Government Relations Leadership Forum at Charlie Palmer Steak. After an introduction from forum Co-Chair Harriet Melvin of Thorn Run Partners, who used to work with him at Quinn & Gillespie, Hoppe discussed the House’s efforts on the budget process, Puerto Rico's debt and the agenda for the next Congress. Among the 40 guests: Forum Co-Chair Krister Holladay of United Technologies, Program Chair Rob Green of National Council of Chain Restaurants, Jack Howard of the Chamber, Shannon Campagna of Mars, Kristin Bodenstedt with Bacardi USA, Elizabeth Burks of Steptoe & Johnson, Bryce Harlow with CBS, Bob Okun of The O Team, Ed Pagano with Akin Gump and Rick Shelby of the Capitol Hill Group.

BGR-NRSC:The National Republican Senatorial Committeeraised $255,000 last night in a fundraiser at BGR Group attended by nine GOP senators: John Barrasso(Wyo.), Richard Burr (N.C.), John Cornyn (Texas), Chuck Grassley (Iowa), John McCain (Ariz.), Mitch McConnell, Jerry Moran (Kan.), John Thune (S.D.) and Roger Wicker (Miss.). McConnell spoke optimistically about retaining control of the Senate. Also attending were BGR founder and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Sarah Novascone and Glenn Westrick of Travelers, Paul Scolese and Elizabeth Oblinger of Cox and Nancy Dorn of General Electric, along with several lobbyists from BGR.

— The All In Together Campaign held a forum on women in democracy yesterday at the Presidential Center in Dallas sponsored by Facebook, Catalyst and PwC. Spotted: Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Tex.); Amy Dacey, CEO, Democratic National Committee; Katie Walsh, Chief of Staff, Republican National Committee; Charity Wallace, Global Women's Initiative, George W. Bush Institute; Annie Lewis, Facebook; Julissa Arce, Immigrant Rights Advocate; Rina Shah Bharara, Republican Strategist and Commentator; Midwin Charles, Legal Analyst & Essence Magazine contributor; Laura Cox-Kaplan, PwC.

American Family Voices has a reception tonight with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Rep. Keith Ellison(D-Minn.) & Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.). Suggested Contribution: $1,000.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen and former Deputy U.S. Attorney General and former Acting Director of the FBI William Ruckelshaus will receive the Elliot L. Richardson Prize for Excellence in Public Service award from the National Academy of Public Administrationtonight at the Reagan Trade Center.

— Last night, downtowners celebrated Brooks Brunson of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck turning the Big 4-0 at the Capital Grille. Spotted: Gregg Pitts, Advanced Aviation; Tim McGivern, Ogilvy Government Relations; Sam Lancaster, Comcast; Matt Simeon and David Barnhart, Locust Street Group; and Valerie Nelson, Dentons.

— Spotted yesterday at opening night of Othello at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall: Grover Norquist, ATR; Justice Stephen Breyer; Kevin Madden and Sabrina Siddiqui, Hamilton Place Strategies; Gloria Dittus, Story Partners; Carol Danko, SIFMA; Bernie McKay, Intuit; Karishma Page, K&L Gates; Democratic fundraiser June Silverberg.

STAGE WHISPERS: Cloakroom, the anonymous chat app for Capitol Hill with 2,600 active monthly users, hosted a talk by Brookings' John Hudak on marijuana policy. David Boaz of Cato is scheduled to speak Friday.

— The Science Coalition, which represents 64 research universities, released a video series[5] calling on presidential candidates to commit to federal funding for scientific research. (h/t QGA Public Affairs)

THIS TOWN: Bloomberg's Robert Schmidt reports[6] on the drama at a book club where reading the book is optional. It's a serious of Capitol Hill Club fundraisers organized by Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas). Some lobbyists were peeved that Hensarling seemed to have stacked the calendar with events for controversial and vulnerable Scott Garrett and Frank Guinta.

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