- 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)
- 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:
HAPPENING THIS WEEK 12/17-12/21:
- The 10th Anniversary of the E-Government Act: A Discussion of the Past and Future of E-Government. Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Mon. Dec. 17, 9 a.m. Capitol Visitor Center room 215, East Capitol St. NE and 1st St. NE, Washington, DC, 20004.
- Man as Media: Old Mass Media and the New Digital Environment in Russia and the United States. Woodrow Wilson Center. Mon. Dec. 17, 12 – 1 p.m. Woodrow Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC, 20004.
- Complex Catastrophes: Improving Resilience of the Nation’s Bookmark and Share Electrical Grid. Homeland Security Policy Institute. Tues. Dec. 18, 9 – 10:30 a.m. Elliot School of International Affairs, City View Room, 7th Floor, 1957 E St. NW, Washington, DC, 20052.
- 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.
- Challenge to the Net: What Happened in Dubai? Georgetown University. Wed. Dec. 19, 12 – 2 p.m. Georgetown University, Rayburn Building Room B-318, 37 St. NW and O St. NW, Washington, DC.
- The Oversight Gap: Watchdogging the Obama Administration. Judicial Watch. Thurs. Dec. 20, 12 p.m. Judicial Watch, Main Conference Room, 425 Third St. NW, Suite 800.