TechAmerica Accuses Former Employees of Document Theft

Court filings name three ex-TechAmerica lobbyists of stealing proprietary documents.

by / December 19, 2013

TechAmerica is alleging that a group of senior lobbyists that jumped ship to a rival outfit last month have also stolen valuable proprietary documents.

In an initial filing in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia on Nov. 8, TechAmerica made allegations about stolen membership information. The organization amended the filing on Dec. 9, accusing Trey Hodgkins, Carol Henton and Pam Walker of the theft – data that could be put to use by the lobbyists’ new employer, the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI).

According to, TechAmerica is accusing Hodgkins of uploading membership information to a TechAmerica Dropbox account and later changing the password to deny access to his former employer. 

Robert Hoffman, ITI senior vice president of government relations believes his organization will prevail in the lawsuit, telling in a statement that the ITI is "confident that we will be successful in court, while at the same [time] continuing to advance our industry’s job-creating policy agenda.”

In an interview with Government Technology in November, Henton said she and her former TechAmerica colleagues look forward to continuing its work in the government market acquisition space for ITI. The Huffington Post reported earlier this year that TechAmerica has been experiencing a string of setbacks in 2013, including the loss of 75 clients since July.

New Hire for TechAmerica

Although the loss of its senior public-sector lobbying team was a significant blow, TechAmerica today announced it had hired Mike Hettinger as its new senior vice president for the public sector.

Hettinger comes to the association with nearly 20 years of experience in industry. His last post was with the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) as vice president of its Public Sector Innovation Group. Hettinger also served as staff director of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform, Subcommittee on Government Management, Finance and Accountability.

“Mike’s experience is rare in the industry,” said Shawn Osborne, president & CEO of TechAmerica. “Over nearly two decades, he has covered every base of the public sector, including working on issues of importance to our industry in Congress, as a business leader and most recently with a leading industry association.”