Former Congressman Norm Dicks is representing Amazon on issues surrounding the federal government’s use of cloud computing.

Jeff Bezos’ company is the leader with Google in offering scalable pay-as-you-go computer capacity in the cloud.

IBM is making inroads in the cloud computing space via its Feb. 24 announcement of the acquisition of Boston’s Cloudant.

Dicks retired last year as dean of Washington’s Congressional legislation. The Democrat held key posts on the House Appropriations and Intelligence Committees.

He is a senior policy advisor at Van Ness Feldman, where he’s joined on the account of Seattle-based Amazon with Ben McMakin, one-time legislative director for Sen. Patty Murray, a Democrat who represents the Evergreen State.

Amazon spent $3.4M in federal lobbying outlays last year.