2Day in #OpenGov 6/8/2013



  • Three years after the passage of the Dodd-Frank law, the SEC still struggles to enact even the most straightforward component, a requirement that companies disclose how much more their chief executive makes than other employees. Federal agencies have already missed two-thirds of the deadlines in the legislation, which they attribute to being understaffed, the complexity of the issues, and pushback from business interests. (Washington Post)
  • The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, once used primarily to approve wiretapping case-by-case, is gradually becoming a “parallel Supreme Court”, making over a dozen rulings on surveillance, all of which are strictly classified. (New York Times)
  • Eight months after Superstorm Sandy, tens of thousands are still homeless in New Jersey – but without a sweeping independent appraisal, it’s tough to judge Gov. Christie’s recovery efforts. His rapport with the White House saw the launch of a “Stronger than the Storm” ad campaign that declares the state “back in business.” (National Journal)
  • Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer announced yesterday his plans to run for NYC Comptroller, which manages city pension funds. Spitzer hopes to transform the low-profile job into an influential role governing financial regulation and oversight. (Time)
  •  With a temporary 3-2 Republican majority, the FEC could vote this week to end its working relationship with the DOJ. The current cooperation aids enforcement of the FECA by allowing free sharing of information about possible criminal violations by candidates, members of Congress and other committees. (Roll Call)
  • H.R.2594 – To provide that a former Member of Congress receiving compensation as a highly-paid lobbyist shall be ineligible to concurrently receive Federal retirement benefits.
  • H.R.2340 – To amend title 23, United States Code, to protect States that have in effect laws or orders with respect to pay to play reform, and for other purposes.
  • H.R.2532 – Integrity Restoration Strategy Act of 2013
  • H.R.2530 – To improve transparency and efficiency with respect to audits and communications between taxpayers and the Internal Revenue Service.
  • H.R.2586 – FISA Court Accountability Act
  • H.R.2593 – To require reports on the results of and methods used to calculate any cost-benefit or regulatory impact analysis, and for other purposes.