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K Street Files: Then There Were Three

Compete America, the tech community’s coalition to press for immigration reform, has whittled down a list of potential firms to run its operation. Podesta Group, Dewey Square Group and Monument Policy Group are all scheduled to be interviewed Thursday morning, according to an e-mail obtained by Roll Call.

“We’ll plan to have an internal discussion, to be followed by interviews with the three candidates, followed by a discussion,” Alice Tornquist of Qualcomm, which is a member of the coalition, wrote to Compete insiders in the e-mail.

The move to hire an executive director comes after the coalition has been in a near-dormant status since 2008. The coalition is looking for a lobby shop to take on the day-to-day responsibility for the group.

“Opponents of highly skilled immigration and immigration reform generally will continue to engage the Hill, media, and blogosphere on a day-to-day basis,” a recent request-for-proposal states. “Our advocacy will involve pressing the case for access to talent, while also defending against provisions that could unduly burden the recruitment process.”

Tech lobbyists expect Compete America to announce a decision early next year.

Rand’s Private Option. What’s a lobbyist to do when a group of 10 moderate and liberal Democratic Senators are huddled in private health care negotiations? Well, if you are Barry Rand, CEO of AARP, you go to the meeting.

At least that’s how it appeared Tuesday afternoon in the Capitol when

Rand entered a room where the Senators were busy negotiating a compromise on the public option.

Rand, who was scheduled to meet with Sen. Mary Landrieu at the same time she was bunkered in negotiations, went behind closed doors to get in a word with the Louisiana Democrat.

But AARP spokesman Andrew Nannis said Rand didn’t make an appearance in front of the group of Senators. Instead, Rand and Landrieu powwowed just outside the meeting before Landrieu rejoined her colleagues, according to Nannis.

Rand’s one-on-one with Landrieu isn’t a signal that the senior’s lobby will be weighing in on the public option, though.

“We’re agnostic on the public option,” Nannis said.

Getzoff Exits Citi. Bank of New York Mellon is continuing to expand its Washington, D.C., presence, adding Citigroup’s Rob Getzoff to its ranks. Getzoff, who has been at Citi for the past three years, will be the bank’s top Democrat. He joins as managing director of government affairs.

“The company has a great reputation, and I’m looking forward to helping to build its government relations presence in Washington,” Getzoff said.

The former senior counsel to then-Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), who is now White House chief of staff, starts his new job in January.

Getzoff will be working for Republican Ann Costello, who left Goldman Sachs this spring to open a Washington office for the bank.

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