- Politician’s have developed a variety of ways to subtly share information with the political committees able to raise unlimited money to support them, despite rules against coordination. (Roll Call)
- New legislation, introduced in the Senate on a bipartisan basis, would expand the “authority and independence” of federal Inspectors General. The legislation would boost IG pay and exempt their offices from certain FOIA requirements. (Federal Computer Week)
- House Democrats tapped their tech savvy to raise a whole bunch of money online during 2013. Unfortunately for the national Democratic party, that money would probably be more helpful in the Senate, where their is expected to be a fierce fight for the majority. (National Journal, National Journal)
- The Singapore Land Authority is looking to foster civic innovation and build partnerships between government and technologically engaged citizens with apps contests and hackathons. (Future Gov)
State and Local News
- Philadelphia’s 2010 lobbying law lead to the launch of a “facebook” style site featuring pictures of the city’s registered lobbyists. The site will eventually include data on their activities too. (Technical.ly Philly)
- Philadelphia is also tackling public procurement reforms through a project called FastFWD, that acts as an accelerator program for innovative ideas to reform municipal government. (Government Technology)
Events 2/10 – 2/15
- Do politicians’ relatives get better jobs? Evidence from municipal elections in the Philippines. Center for Global Development. Mon. 2/10. 12:00 – 1:00 pm. 2055 L Street NW, Fifth Floor, Washington, DC 20005.
- Markup of H.R. 4011, Alaska Bypass Fair Competition Act, H.R. 3308, Taxpayer Transparency Act of 2013, and H.R. 2804, All Economic Regulations Are Transparent Act of 2013. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Tues. 2/11. 9:00 – 10:00 am. 2154 Rayburn House Office Building.
- Markup of H.R. 1872, Budget and Accounting Transparency of 2014 and H.R. 1869, Biennial Budgeting and Enhanced Oversight Act of 2014. Committee on the Budget. Tues. 2/11. 10:00 am. 210 Cannon House Office Building.
- The Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome Act of 2014. Committee on the Judiciary. Tues. 2/11. 11:30 am. 2237 Rayburn House Office Building. Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial, and Antitrust Law.
- Tariff rates and corruption: Evidence from a tariff liberalization program. Inter-American Development Bank. Tues. 2/11. 12:00 – 1:30 pm. 1300 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC.
- Overcoming Obstacles in Acquisition Reform. Committee on Armed Services. Wed. 2/12. 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. 2118 Rayburn House Office Building.