A few items selected from many of interest recently.
Federal Chief Information Officer pay report
In this report, FierceGovernmentIT looked at base pay for federal CIOs in 2010. The average salary among the 16 CIOs in this report was $166,982. Four CIOs tied for the highest salary in 2010, raking in $179,700. Click through the site's slideshow or use the index to see the salaries of CIOs at agencies like the EPA and NASA.
All salary data was gathered from Data Universe, a database of public information collected and made searchable by Asbury Park Press. According to Paul D'Ambrosio, investigations editor at APP, the publication obtains all Data Universe information through Freedom of Information Act requests.
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Judge blocks release of government documents over Kagan's role in health care law
A federal judge on Friday turned aside a request the Justice Department turn over more documents related to the role Justice Elena Kagan played in appeals over the sweeping health care law, while she was a top Obama administration official.
Two conservative groups –Judicial Watch and Media Research Center– had separately sued, calling "inadequate" the documentation earlier released by the government, following a Freedom of Information Act request.
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Dodd-Frank Meeting Logs
Every day, lobbyists and executives from Wall Street firms, big banks, insurance companies and others are meeting with financial regulators. They are pressing their case on how the federal financial agencies implement the massive Dodd-Frank financial law, which required more than 240 rulemakings. In the spirit of transparency, the major agencies have been posting records of their meetings with these outside representatives. However, until now it was necessary to visit each agency's website to obtain this information, which is reported at different time intervals and in varying formats. With the Dodd-Frank meeting log tracker, now it is possible to find all the meetings in one place.
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U.S. Copyright Czar Cozied Up to Content Industry, E-Mails Show
Top-ranking Obama administration officials, including the U.S. copyright czar, played an active role in secret negotiations between Hollywood, the recording industry and ISPs to disrupt internet access for users suspected of violating copyright law, according to internal White House e-mails.
The e-mails, obtained via the Freedom of Information Act, (.pdf) show the administration’s cozy relationship with Hollywood and the music industry’s lobbying arms and its early support for the copyright-violation crackdown system publicly announced in July.
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Former Florida Gators coach Urban Meyer received $1 million in final compensation, records show
Former Florida coach Urban Meyerreceived a $1 million payment from the school's University Athletic Association after his tenure ended.
Documentation provided to the Orlando Sentinel in response to a Freedom of Information request shows that on April 22 the UAA cut a check for the amount of Meyer's retention bonus in his football contract.
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