2Day in #OpenGov 6/27/2011


(Collected today by Sunlight intern Jacob Hutt.)


Here is Monday’s look at the week’s transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.

News Roundup:


  • The House Oversight and Government Reform procurement reform subcommittee seeks a new system of oversight and transparency in awarding federal grants, after a GAO report found flaws in how grants are awarded and managed. (Federal Times)
  • Google reveals that the U.S. government has requested private Internet data about users more than any other developed country, and that it has complied 92% of the time. (Guardian)
  • Opinion: President Obama has continued the secretive, untransparent ways of his predecessor in multiple areas, including limited declassification and failing to create a federal-journalist source privilege. (The New York Times)

Revolving Door

  • State Rep. Stephen R. Canessa resigned his post on Friday to take up a lobbyist position at Southcoast Health Systems where he will officially serve as “Executive Director of Government Affairs.” (Southcoast Today)

Campaign Finance

  • George Soros and a number of union organizations have donated extensively to House Majority PAC, the new progressive Super PAC which can raise unlimited funds for independent expenditures only. (Huffington Post)
  • Newly formed Super PACs on both ends of the political spectrum have been extremely successful in raising money since their formation. (The New York Times)
  • The Supreme Court ruled in Arizona Free Enterprise Club PAC v. Bennett that certain matching funds provisions in public financing laws are unconstitutional. (Election Law Blog)

State and Local

  • A bill that would require New Jersey governmental officials and agencies to have an online presence — requiring them to post financial data and meeting minutes online, for example — will go before both houses of the New Jersey Legislature this week. (Philly)
  • McHenry County Board Member Donna Kurtz called for new trainings in the Illinois Open Meetings Act, after a private meeting about altering a proposed redistricting map caused many board members to express frustration with the lack of transparency. (Northwest Herald)


  • Opinion: New PM of British Columbia has the chance and the responsibility of leading the way in transparency. (HuffPost Canada)
  • Tougher regulations on stockbrokers in Australia are expected to trigger a wave of corporate lobbying on key federal politicians. (Sydney Morning Herald)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 6/27-7/1:


  • Privacy and Data Security. Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Full Committee. Wednesday. 10 am. 253 RSOB.
  • Full Committee Markup – Pending Business. Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Full Committee. Wednesday. 10 am. 342 DSOB.


  • None.

Relevant bills introduced:

  • None.

Transparency events scheduled for 6/27-7/1:




  • The Power of Open. The New America Foundation.  5:30 pm. 1899 L St. NW. Washington D.C.