2Day in #OpenGov 11/27/12




  • House ethics committee, DOJ investigating New York lawmaker: The House Ethics Committee is investigating U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) for allegedly violating campaign finance laws. The Committee will defer, however, to the Department of Justice’s investigation into the matters. (Washington Post)
  • Supreme Court declines hearing on bribery conviction: The U.S. Supreme Court denied a request to hear an appeal in the case of former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA). The former lawmaker was convicted of a bribery scheme and is serving a 13-year prison sentence. (Roll Call)
  • SEC Chair leaving: Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairwoman Mary Schapiro is leaving her position in December. She is one of the longest serving SEC chairs. Elisse Walter will fill the position. (Government Executive)
  • Former SEC inspector alleges agency misconduct: The former SEC inspector general is alleging he was fired for blowing the whistle on agency wrongdoing. David Weber filed a lawsuit in federal court related to his termination. (Government Executive)


  • Lobbyists appeal federal court decision: A group of lobbyists is appealing a federal court’s decision to dismiss their lawsuit, which challenged President Barack Obama’s ban on lobbyists serving on federal advisory committees. (The Hill)
  • UK opens up FOI for comment: The United Kingdom is opening up proposed Freedom of Information (FOI) code to the public for comment through January 2013. The public can comment on specific parts of the code and have conversations about the proposal. (PST)
  • Another corruption scandal in Brazil: Brazil’s president fired several government officials that were allegedly involved in a bribery ring. The news comes just after the sentencing of some of the former government officials involved in a vote-buying scandal under Brazil’s previous president. (Yahoo)


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