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14 April 30, 2013 FCW.COM Join the conversation FCW usesTwitter to break news, eld questions and ask our own. And we are donating to the Wounded Warrior Project as our list of followers grows. Learn more at FCW.com/followFCWnow. Trending bytes of new data are created every day, according to IBM (1 quintillion = 1018) 2.5 quintillion The emerging "political intelligence" industry is hard to de ne, much less regulate, as the Government Account- ability Of ce has found. And that poses challenges for federal employees who might provide such insights. Political intelligence rms advise cli- ents on the outcomes of federal rule- making proceedings, congressional activity, and other government actions that could affect their business inter- ests and investments. GAO s probe, required under the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, examined what legal and ethical constraints might control the sale of political intelligence and whether fur- ther regulation or disclosure require- ments would be bene cial. The report provides little guidance for agency of cials and congressional staffers who might nd themselves being chatted up by collectors of political intelligence at conferences, at industry events or in informal settings. Essentially, feds are urged to remem- ber that insider trading law forbids the disclosure of "material nonpublic infor- mation" for personal gain. When the STOCK Act was being crafted, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) successfully amended the Senate ver- sion of the bill to include disclosure for political intelligence rms, but the provision was taken out before the measure became law. Grassley issued a joint statement with STOCK Act spon- sor Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) say- ing that the GAO report "shows the dire need for transparency in the politi- cal intelligence industry, which prof- its from the cozy relationship between Washington, D.C., and Wall Street." The report is likely to stimulate dis- cussion of new rules and regulations to cover this growing industry. Grassley and Slaughter plan to introduce legis- lation establishing disclosure require- ments. "When a political intelligence professional is paid to gather inside information from congressional or agency sources that can be used to make investment decisions, that pro- fessional should have to register and disclose his or her activities to the pub- lic," they said. There are also concerns that legis- lation will not do enough to carve out an exception for journalists. "No one wants to ban the gathering of informa- tion," said Angela Canterbury, director of public policy at the Project on Gov- ernment Oversight. "If we had more disclosure about the kinds of brokers and kinds of clients, the public and reg- ulators could decide whether political intelligence rms provided an unfair advantage. The challenge is to do that and also ensure that there s not a chill- ing effect on speech." GAO did not provide speci c recom- mendations for Congress, but auditors noted that legislators would have to answer some critical questions before creating new disclosure requirements. --- Adam Mazmanian GAO report leaves political intelligence unde ned "Do #bigdata or do not, there is no try." @FCWnow on our Gov't Big Data Forum. fcw.com/Articles/2013/04/04/big- data-yoda.aspx lede kudos, @Frank_Konkel #Gov20 #CIO 10:52AM-5Apr13 Mike Shrader @mikeshrader Reply Retweet Favorite Expect a bit more video --- six seconds at a time --- via your favorite federal agencies social media accounts. The video application Vine has been approved for use with agencies Twit- ter and other social media platforms. It joins more than 60 platforms and applications with negotiated federal- friendly terms- of-service agreements. In a sign of the rap- idly evolving social govern- ment com- munity, the announce- ment came via Twitter and a Vine video. In a blog post, Justin Herman, new media manager at the General Services Administration s Center for Excellence in Digital Government, noted that the free app enables users to record videos with iPhones or iPads and easily share them on Twitter and other social media platforms. Vine videos are limited to six seconds. "Like Twitter, which limits messages to 140 characters, Vine keeps the pro- cess simple and concise while provid- ing an opportunity to engage in a com- pelling way," Herman wrote. --- Frank Konkel 6 seconds of social gov Vine for agency use. GSA has approved the video application
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