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2Day in #OpenGov 10/4/12

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NEWS ROUNDUP:

Government

  • Start small with big data: The federal government should start small, but start now, in its efforts to share big data, according to a new report from the TechAmerica Foundation. The report also highlighted how some federal agencies are leading the way with their handling of big data. (Federal Computer Week)
Transparency
  • Code for America announces partners: Code for America announced nine local governments it will partner with in 2013 on open data projects. The projects are aimed at improving access to local government agencies. (Government Technology)
  • Case raises campaign finance questions: A federal judge is seeking clarification from the Colorado Supreme Court about a case that involves campaign finance. The case centers around whether a group distributing a paper on ballot issues should have to register as an issue committee and disclose donors. (LobbyComply)
Lobbying
  • Were lobbying connections purposely clouded? Jim Talent, a former Republican Senator from Missouri, is the top energy policy adviser in Mitt Romney's campaign ... and happens to co-chair a firm that lobbies for the coal industry. Romney's campaign had failed to note the connection previously. (Republic Report)
  • More staffers through the revolving door: Alan Elias, the former lead policy adviser to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), has joined Mercury/Clark & Weinstock as a vice president. Dee Buchanan, who was chief of staff for the House Republican Conference, and Con Lass, who has been a staffer for several members of Congress, have joined Ogilvy Government Relations. (The Hill)

 RELEVANT BILLS INTRODUCED:
  • None
HAPPENING TODAY 10/4:
  • None. 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES:

  • None. 

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