The former secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, who now works at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, is advocating for a Wisconsin-based company that offers services to health care providers, according to a lobbying registration filing submitted to Congress this week.
Jim Nicholson, who led the veterans department from 2005-07, is representing Logistics Health Inc. with Brownstein senior policy adviser Kerrie Bentfield. The lobbyists are trying to obtain more business from the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs for the company in La Crosse, Wis., according to the filing.
"I have decided to represent Logistics Health Inc. because of the tremendous work they do for our veterans and for our active deploying forces in supplementing their needs for health preparation and assessments," Nicholson said in an e-mail.
Brownstein is currently the only firm registered to lobby for Logistics Health. But the company used Washington lobbyists in the past, congressional records show.
Logistics Health has received hundreds of contracts from federal agencies over the last 10 years, according to spending data from the U.S. government.
This year, the Department of Veterans Affairs awarded Logistics Health a five-year contract worth up to about $634.5 million, according to a company news release. Under the contract, Logistics Health provides clinical disability evaluations for veterans. The exams could include assessments for post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, in addition to full-body evaluations.
Nicholson this year has lobbied for five Brownstein clients, according to congressional records. They include DaVita Inc. and Mobile Medical International Corp., which are looking to provide medical services or products to the Department of Veterans Affairs.