Revolving Door Members (2011). First Street -- Where People and Policy Interact. Retrieved http://firststreet.cqpress.com/content/Revolving_Door_Members.aspx
This intelligence tool follows members of Congress who go through the Revolving door. The members of Congress who have disclosed their lobbying activity and members of Congress who previously worked as lobbyists are tracked in the First Street database. The information contained includes the organizations they represent, the type of work that they have done and are presently doing. Subscribers to this database include advocates from law firms, member-based associations, lobbying organizations, and others. The research dashboard can be customized and saved, contact lists can be established, and bookmarks can be created for people, issues, and organizations of interest. The resource is comprehensive and is of value for anyone needing to do serious research. For the purposes of this project, the site is useful for demonstrations of the transparency available to any party interested enough to pursue their research online. Minimally, interested parties should follow their Twitter and Facebook Page.
(2011). Project on Government Oversight (Pogo). Retrieved http://www.pogo.org/pogo files/alerts/financial-oversight/fo-fra-20110601.html
The nonpartisan, independent watchdog organization champions reforms for good government by investigating corruption, conflicts of interest, and misconduct. Pogo's goal is to achieve a more accountable, effective, transparent, open, and ethical federal government. The expertise at Pogo knows and works with government inside sources and whistleblowers in order to document evidence of corruption, fraud, waste, or abuse. The organization has utility for the proposed research as it reveals instances where the revolving door policy regulations are ignored or worked around (i.e., a recent article on irregularities in the SEC's implementation of post-employment and conflict of interest regulations.
Independent Assessment of Department of Defense Review of Post-Employment Restrictions. (2011, September). National Academy of Public Administration. Retrieved http://www.napawash.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/DoD-Work-in-Progress-v5.pdf
The National Academy of Public Administration is a non-profit, independent organization of top public administration managers and leaders of organizations who address the most critical and complex public management challenges that face the country. The Academy is trusted and uniquely qualified to counsel government officials, provide objective advice, and develop practical solutions that are based on systematic research and expert analysis. Established in 1967, the Academy assists federal, state and local governments to respond effectively to change, and has been charged to do so by a Congressional charter of 1984. The importance of this organization to the current research project is its ability to conduct a deep dive in which it is permitted to examine processes and documentation that would be off-limits to other entities. For example, the National Defense Authorization Act mandated that the Department of Defense Panel on Contracting Integrity review the post-employment restrictions policies that apply to the DoD "to determine if such policies adequately protect the public interest without unreasonably limiting future employment options of former Department of Defense personnel." In accordance with its function, the National Association of Public Administration (NAPA) will conduct an independent review of the recommendations and findings of the Department of Defense (DoD) Panel report, and will extend that charge to an in-depth review of effective practices at other federal entities in order to inform the generation of key recommendations and an implementation plan.
A matter of trust: How the revolving door undermines public confidence in government -- and what to do about it. (2005, October) Revolving Door Working Group. Retrieved www.revolvingdoor.info.
This report from the Revolving Door Working Group makes distinctions between the various types of revolving door practices, delineates the reasons why the public should be concerned with revolving door practices and policies, points out the weaknesses of the existing rules framework, and, finally, proposes policy reforms. The purpose of the reforms is to establish mechanisms that reduce perceived and actual impropriety through the establishment of "appropriate boundaries between public service and the pursuit of private interests." Suggested reforms would seek to increase the vigilance of those responsible for oversight and safeguards, and enhance transparency of practices and policies related to revolving door activities. The importance of this report to the present study is that it provides an historical underpinning to the current revolving door policy issues, and explicates reform proposals that can be tracked to the present in order to assess what suggested reforms survived. Further, the report of the working group was released at a time in America when revolving door policies were…