2Day in #OpenGov 3/22/2013



  • A review of regulatory filings from major Wall Street firms found that they are making it attractive for executives to take government jobs, often including special clauses that provide bonuses when senior staff take jobs in the public sector. (POGO)
  • Another recently retired Rep. has found steady paycheck (or tw0) on the other side of the revolving door. Dale Kildee (D-MI) is slated to serve as a senior consultant at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld as well as a policy advisor to Akin Gump’s strategic partner Ietan Consulting. (The Hill)
  • Michelle Bachmann is working hard to secure some “pork” in her district, but being very careful to avoid calling her preferred project an earmark. Because, as everyone knows, earmarks are the devils work and the House doesn’t do that sort of thing. (Politico)
  • K Street is packing its bags and heading across the Atlantic to Brussels as America and the EU prepare to negotiate, what could become, a major trade deal. (The Hill)
  • A new study from the Center for Responsive Politics found that almost half of the lobbyists who de-registered between 2011 and 2012 stayed with the same employer and continued their influence work, taking advantage of major loopholes in lobbying disclosure laws. (Roll Call)
  • Sen. Michael Crapo (R-ID) is hosting a fundraising event for his Freedom Fund PAC this week at a townhouse owned by Diageo, one of the worlds largest alcohol companies. The event comes only a few months after Crapo was arrested for drunk driving late last year. (Roll Call)
  • Marco Rubio (R-Running for President) spent nearly $100,000 on campaign consultants for his Reclaim America PAC in the past month. The PAC has also been spending on polling and research and ramping up its fundraising efforts. (Politico)
  • Is there such a thing as too much transparency? That’s the question asked by Camille Tuutti in this short column. (Federal Computer Week)


  • H.R. 1162Government Accountability Office Improvement Act.

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