- Congress polls low on honesty: People have a better view of the U.S. Congress’ honesty this year than they did last year, but more than half still have a negative view of congressional ethics and honesty. (POLITICO)
- Staffer falls less than $2 short of disclosure: A Senator’s deputy chief of staff had a salary that put her $1.12 under the bar for disclosure. Her husband is running for lieutenant governor of Virginia. (Washington Post)
- Lawmakers head to K Street: Several of the lawmakers leaving the hill – whether through retirement or losing a bid for reelection – are headed to K Street to join the lobbying world. Departing House members will technically have to wait one year to lobby their former colleagues, and former Senators are supposed to wait two years. (POLITICO)
- New ALL leader wants changes: Monte Ward, the new head of the American League of Lobbyists, said one of his goals is to make it harder for people working in government relations to avoid triggering registration under the Lobbying Disclosure Act. (Roll Call)
- OGP announces transparency overseers: The Open Government Partnership (OGP) recently announced the senior advisers who will oversee transparency in the nearly 60 member countries. Some 45 OGP countries have released open government plans so far. (The Guardian)
- Countries discuss telecommunications needs: Representatives from countries around the world will be meeting this week to discuss telecommunications issues like Internet infrastructure. (GovTech)
- Activist forms political party to fight graft in India: An anti-corruption activist in India has launched a political party focused on the issue of graft in the government there. (VOA)
RELEVANT BILLS INTRODUCED:
HAPPENING THIS WEEK 12/3-12/7:
- Transparency and the Obama Presidency: Looking Back and Looking Forward. Advisory Committee on Transparency. Mon. Dec. 3, 2-3:30 p.m. Rayburn House Office Building Room 2237, 45 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC.
- The International Fight Against Corruption: What’s Working, What’s Not Working, And What Will Work? George Washington University Law School. Tues. Dec. 4, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. George Washington Law, Jacob Burns Moot Court Room, 2000 H St. NW, Washington, DC, 20052.
- A National Cyber Doctrine: The Time Is Now. National Press Club. Tues. Dec. 4, 2-4 p.m. National Press Club, 13th Floor First Amendment Lounge, 529 14th St. NW, Washington, DC, 20045.
- Transparency International 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index Briefing. Broadcasting Board of Governors. Wed. Dec. 5, 10-11 a.m. Broadcasting Board of Governors, Briefing Room 1528A, 330 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC, 20237.
- Legal Reform and the Fight Against Corruption in Russia’s Regions. Woodrow Wilson Center. Wed. Dec. 5, 3:30-5 p.m. Woodrow Wilson Center 6th Floor, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC, 20004.
- Election Results and Outlook for the 113th Congress – What Does It All Mean? The Coalition for Government Procurement. Thurs. Dec. 6, 7:15-10 a.m. Tower Club, 8000 Towers Crescent Drive, Vienna, VA, 22182.
- Election 2012 – 30 Days Later: What Happened and What’s Next. Waggener Edstrom Worldwide. Thurs. Dec. 6, 8-10 a.m. Capitol Hilton Senate Conference Room, 1001 16th St. NW, Washington DC, 20036.
- Can Trade Policies and Agreements Advance Internet Freedom? George Washington University Elliot School of International Affairs. Thurs. Dec. 6, 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Elliot School of International Affairs, Lindner Family Commons, 1957 E St. NW, Washington DC, 20052.
- Technology Transfer, the Public Interest and Re-Igniting Public Research Investments. Brookings Institution. Thurs. Dec. 6, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Brookings Institution, Saul/Zilkha Rooms, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC, 20036.