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2Day in #OpenGov 11/28/12




  • Earmarks ban appears set to stick in House and Senate: It looks like the ban on earmarks will continue in the House and Senate. House and Senate Republicans have approved the bans, and Senate Democrats may follow that lead. (Roll Call)
  • GSA launches dashboard: The General Services Administration (GSA) has launched a dashboard that will share more information on federal IT spending. (Federal Times)
  • Obama signs extended whistleblower protections: President Barack Obama signed into law a bill that extends whistleblower protections to more federal workers, including those in the TSA. (Government Executive)
  • American League of Lobbyists head steps down: Howard Marlowe, head of the American League of Lobbyists, is stepping down after two terms and handing leadership to Monte Ward. (Blog of Legal Times)
  • Retiring Congressman heads to K Street: U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC) is retiring and will take a job at Duke Energy immediately after completing his term this year. Duke Energy is one of the largest electric companies in the country. (Herald Times)
  • Tajikistan blocks Facebook: The Tajikistan government blocked Facebook after some users used the social media platform to criticize the president and other officials. It is the second time the country has blocked Facebook this year. (Reuters)
  • Australia considers laws putting onus on lobbyists: Some in the Australian government are pushing proposed laws that would place the onus on lobbyists to report contact with lawmakers. (The Australian)


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