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2Day in #OpenGov 4/17/2012

by PolicyFellow


  • Open Gov 2.0: Federal agencies have been releasing their updated Open Government Plans over the past week. Most focus on updating or improving existing transparency initiatives (NextGov)
  • Private sector backs readable public data: A new nonprofit coalition, backed by many major companies and former government officials, hopes to push the government to publish data in accessible and transparent formats. (Executive Gov)
State and Local
  • A sunny day in Kansas: Kansas completed two new transparency and engagement efforts. The state is providing online access to more than 2 million records and promoting civics education through a new portal. (Yahoo/AP)
  • Want that pothole filled? There's an app for that: Many municipalities are relying on 311 service apps to improve response times, cut down on redundant requests, and increase transparency. (Government Technology)
  • Brazil expecting sunlight: The Brazilian government has put significant expectations on itself by committing to a variety of transparency and open government initiatives. (Observing Brazil)
  • Open data for peace: PAX, a new project from the Open Knowledge Foundation, hopes to use open data and collaboration to track emerging violent conflicts around the world. (Open Knowledge Foundation Blog)


  • None.


  • GSA Management Deficiency Report/Budget Request. Senate Appropriations. 2:30 pm. 138 DSOB. Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee hearing.
  • Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Nominations. Senate Judiciary. 10:00 am. 226 DSOB. Full Committee Hearing.
  • Federal Information Security Amendments. House Oversight and Government Reform. 10:00 am. 2154 RHOB. Full Committee Markup.
  • Library of Congress Leadership Transition. House Administration. 10:00 am. 1310 LHOB. Oversight Subcommittee Hearing.

Policy Fellow Matt Rumsey wrote this post.

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