- Laws aimed at slowing down the revolving door have plenty of loopholes. Figuring out how to close them isn’t easy, but this post makes a few suggestions. (Harvard Ethics Blog)
- The nearly 500 organizations registered under section 527 of the tax code, most notably the Republican and Democratic Governors associations, raised more than $133 million in 2013. (Roll Call)
- No one is officially running for President yet, but that isn’t stopping plenty of folks from raising money and padding their warchests for a potential run. (POLITICO)
- The momentum for open government data is growing, but there are still significant questions to be answered. Government is worried about paying for hosting and maintenance, data users are worried about access blackouts, useability, and more. (Information Week)
- The EU Commission is out with a new report examining the state of corruption in the European Union. The report claims that corruption costs the EU economy at least 120 Billion Euros every year. (BBC)
State and Local News
- As big data grows, so does the role of the “Chief Data Officer.” More than 17% of organizations now have someone in that role, often seen as an extension of the the “Chief Innovation Officer.” (ZDNet)
- Christian Marrone, appointed to serve as Chief of Staff to new Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, has a history that might concern some. He served as chief of staff to a corrupt Pennsylvania State Senator and eventually agreed to testify against him. (Washington Times)
- OSHA’s regulatory agenda: Changing long-standing policies outside the public rulemaking process. House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Tues. 2/4. 10:00 am. 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Subcommittee on Workforce Protections.
- Examining recommendations to reform FISA authorities. House Committee on the Judiciary. Tues. 2/4. 10:00 am. 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Full committee hearing.
- Webinar – Arming the consumer: Increasing value through technology and transparency. National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation. Tues. 2/4. 1:00 – 2:30 pm.
- Markup of H.R. 3693, To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002, the “National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2013.” House Committee on Homeland Security. Wed. 2/5. 10:00 am. 311 Cannon House Office Building. Full committee hearing.