2Day in #OpenGov 12/17/12

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NEWS ROUNDUP:

Government 

  • CRS tax report revised: A report by the Congressional Research Service finding no correlation between top tax rates and economic growth has been re-released after it was pulled nearly three months ago. The report, though slightly different, comes to the same conclusion. (Roll Call)
  • Performance.gov overhauled: Performance.gov, the website dedicated to showing progress in building a more efficient government, is changing to reflect more information about federal agencies goals, progress toward those goals, and any challenges along the way.  (FCW)
  • Alarm raised over FCC plans: A growing number of lawmakers are raising concerns about the Federal Communications Commission’s plans to relax restrictions on media consolidation. (The Hill)
Lobbying and influence
  • 2013 a big opportunity for lobbyists: Some lobbying firms are preparing for big business in 2013 as a host of issues await the 113th Congress. (POLITICO)
  • Colbert group sends money to watchdogs: Comedian Stephen Colbert gave some $135,00 each to the Center for Responsive Politics and the Campaign Legal Center after closing his super PAC.  (Roll Call)
  • Rove group made promises to IRS about spending: Crossroads GPS, a dark money group affiliated with Karl Rove, told the Internal Revenue Service that most of its spending would be on public education, research, and shaping policy – not influencing elections. (ProPublica)
International
  • Nations split on signing of telecom treaty: The United States and several other countries refused to sign a United Nations telecommunications treaty that would impact Internet governance. (New York Times 
  • Anti-corruption movements spread: Anti-corruption movements are spreading across the world, putting pressure on government officials in historically corrupt systems to finally make changes. (Slate, opinion)
RELEVANT BILLS INTRODUCED:
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HAPPENING THIS WEEK 12/17-12/21: 

  • ISOC-DC’s WCIT Post-Mortem. Internet Society, Washington DC Chapter. Wed. Dec. 19, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. American University, Atrium of the Battelle-Tompkins Building, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC, 20016.
JOB OPPORTUNITIES:
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