- Cabinet continues to opt for secrecy: Nine out of 15 cabinet offices have still not disclosed the cost of travel by top officials after Bloomberg asked for the documents under the Freedom of Information Act in June. (Bloomberg)
- House vote planned on Hatch Act changes: The House of Representatives planned to vote Tuesday on changes to the Hatch Act and another bill that would impact policies related to federal workers, political activity, and misconduct. (Washington Post)
- 10 years of e-government: Former government officials recently came together to discuss progress made since the E-Government Act of 2002, which was passed with the goal of making government more accessible online by the public. (FCW)
Lobbying and influence
- Top lobbying battles, victories of 2012: The Hill compiled a list of the top 10 lobbying victories of 2012, putting the win by the tech lobby over Hollywood on the issue of SOPA and PIPA as the top victory. (The Hill)
State and local
- DC disclosure takes a step back: Recent changes in the DC business code make it possible for people to set up corporations in the district without their name on the paper trail, which could mark a big step back for influence disclosure. (Washington City Paper)
- Boston app expands statewide: A 311-style mobile app in Boston is being adapted for dozens of other cities and towns throughout Massachusetts. (GovTech)
- Brazilian corruption trial ends: Brazil’s Supreme Court has concluded the trial for 25 people who were involved in a corruption scandal in the country’s federal government. (BBC)
RELEVANT BILLS INTRODUCED:
HAPPENING TODAY 12/19:
- 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.