(Dubuque, IA) – Envoy Sage, a service-disabled veteran-owned small business specializing in research, investigation, program management, and crisis communications, announced earlier today that it has been selected by Pennsylvania State Senator Cris Dush (R-25) in consultation with Senate Republican leadership and members of the Intergovernmental Operations Committee to conduct a thorough investigation of Pennsylvania’s elections.
Based in Dubuque, Iowa, Envoy Sage’s team has decades of experience conducting investigations that are complex and large scale, regularly employing multi-discipline teams to do so, including analysts, technical professionals, and digital forensic experts who investigated countless matters of national significance throughout their careers.
Importantly, the company is well-suited to protect the personal information of voters, as they not only have handled sensitive information for government agencies, but also have kept classified information safe for the Department of Defense. Much of their team either previously or currently maintains high-level clearances to complete investigations for the most senior levels of government which required them to have the proper knowledge, skills, and experience handling evidence and preserving chain of custody.
“Envoy Sage is committed to conducting a fair, thorough, and impartial investigation into Pennsylvania’s elections,” said Steve Lahr, company President. “With decades of experience working under both Republican and Democrat Administrations at the federal level and no political affiliations clouding our judgement, we are entering into this project with no pre-conceived notions for what we will or will not find as we investigate the Commonwealth’s election systems and data. We understand that this objectivity is critical so that the Intergovernmental Operations Committee can use our results and recommendations as they craft future legislation to improve Pennsylvania’s elections.”
In addition to having no political associations, which includes refraining from actively supporting both current candidates and candidates who were on the 2020 or 2021 ballots in Pennsylvania, Envoy Sage is also contractually prohibited from engaging in any political or lobbying activities moving forward for the duration of the investigation, thereby ensuring that the process is impartial and fair.
The contract language sets the length the relationship between Envoy Sage and the Pennsylvania Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee at no more than six months, with an option to extend if both parties deem necessary.
At this point in time, Envoy Sage is to provide planning and consulting services necessary to continue the investigation, including recommendations on how best to review whatever information is ultimately received from the Pennsylvania Department of State on the State Uniform Registry of Electors (SURE) system. The contract covers document analysis, consultation, review of election concerns and affidavits submitted to the committee, analysis of other election integrity initiatives across the nation, and more.
CONTACT: Steve Lahr (Envoy Sage)
Jason Thompson (Senate Republicans)