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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2017
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
  Tech Talk: The Politics of Data [Multi-Disciplinary]
  Buying Influence: Regulating Attempts to Ingratiate & Gain Access [Campaign Finance]

Lobbying Update I: Federal US & Canadian Lobbying Laws [Lobbying]
  Regulating Blurred Lines: Is it a Personal, Official, or Campaign Social Media Account? [Multi-Disciplinary]
  Local Agency Roundtable [Multi-Disciplinary]
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm Kay Williams First Timers & Conference Preview [Multi-Disciplinary]
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm Concurrent Sessions
  Behind the Scenes: What You Can Learn From the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of a Corruption Investigation [Enforcement]

Conflicts & Boss Hogg: Best Approaches to Addressing Conflicts of Interest When Politicians are CEOs Too [Ethics]

Term Limits: A Debate [Lobbying]
  Civic Hacking 2.0: What Should You Ask Before Saying Yes? [Professional Development / Office Development]
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Welcome Reception


MONDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2017
7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast Table Topics
8:45 am - 10:15 am Conference Kick-Off & Plenary Session: To Be Announced
10:25 am - 11:55 am Concurrent Sessions 

Ethics Update I: Advice, Legislation & Litigation [Ethics]
  To Tweet or Not to Tweet? [FOI]
  Elections Under Siege: Rigged Elections & Political Dirty Tricks [Elections]
  Controlling Your Narrative & Building Your Agency’s Brand [Professional Development / Office Development]
  Preparing the Case I [Enforcement]
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Plenary Session: To Be Announced
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm Concurrent Sessions
  Campaign Finance I: Litigation Developments [Campaign Finance]
  Benchmarking Success: Case Studies [Multi-Disciplinary]
  FOI Session: TBD [FOI]
  Plenary Spotlight [TBD]
  Fighting Corruption in the Age of Fake News: How to Mobilize the Media & the Public [Ethics]
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm  Concurrent Sessions
  Independence in Ethics Oversight: Innovation & Lessons from the Corporate World [Multi-Disciplinary]
  Enforcement Update 2017: Developments in Investigations & Enforcements [Enforcement]
  Elections Update [Elections]
  Public Speaking & the Art of Presentation [Professional Development / Office Development]
  Lobbying Update II: State, Provincial, & Local Lobbying Laws [Lobbying]


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2017
7:30 am - 8:45 am Breakfast Table Topics
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Conference Registration
9:00 am - 10:00 am Plenary Session: To Be Announced & 2017 COGEL Award Presentation
10:15 am - 11:45 am Concurrent Sessions
  Campaign Finance Update II: Legislation & Regulations [Campaign Finance]
  Leading is a Verb: Tools & Techniques for Leading Organizational Transformations [Professional Development / Office Development]
  FOI Session: TBD [FOI]
  Preparing the Case II [Enforcement]
  Combatting the Revolving Door: What Works? What Doesn’t? [Ethics]
1:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Shiny New Trainings:  Interactive Skill-Share [Multi-Disciplinary]

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm Concurrent Sessions
  Ethics Update II: Enforcement [Ethics]
  Taking a Byte Out of Corruption: Using Data to Investigate [Enforcement]
  Training with Humor [Professional Development / Office Development]
  FOI: Legislation & Litigation Update [FOI]
  Paid for By: Making Disclaimers for Lobbying & Political Ads More Effective & Informative [Multi-Disciplinary]
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Plenary Session: To Be Announced
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Bonus “Mix & Mingle” Reception



WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2017
8:00 am - 9:00 am Breakfast - Annual COGEL Business Meeting
9:15 am - 10:30 am Concurrent Sessions
  Agency Self Defense: Standing Up for Your Agency When the Hand That Feeds You Bites Back? [Multi-Disciplinary]
  Following the Ethical Compass: How Understanding Behavior Can Help You Fulfill Your Agency’s Mission [Ethics]
  Shining a Light on Dark Money: Lessons Learned from Early Reform Efforts [Campaign Finance]
  Best Practices: Electoral Outreach & Hard-to-Reach Groups [Elections]
10:45 am - 12:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
  Abramoff 10 years later: What’s Changed? What Hasn’t? [Lobbying]
  FOI Roundtable [FOI]
  Federal PACs Dabbling in State & Local Elections: How to Address Disclosure & Enforcement Issues [Campaign Finance]
  Using List Maintenance to Avoid and Identify Voter Fraud [Elections]
  Is Your Training So Last Year? Be Sure You Are Using the Latest Communication Tools [Professional Development / Office Development]

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