2Day in #OpenGov 7/22/2011

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Here are Friday’s transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.

News Roundup:

Government

  • The federal government plans to close more than forty percent of its data centers by 2015. (ExecutiveGov)
  • Design has played an important factor in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s efforts to enhance open government.. (GovFresh)
  • One of Rep. Darrell Issa’s top staffers on the House Oversight Committee maintains a “financial relationship” with a lobbying firm. (ThinkProgress)

Ethics

  • The House of Representatives defeated an amendment to slash funding for the Office of Congressional Ethics, but over one hundred representatives voted for it. (Sunlight Blog)
  • A former whistleblower comments on his experience and what he has learned about the nature of whistleblowers in the finance industry. (Forbes)

Campaign Finance

  • The Department of Justice’s case against two unregistered Pakistani agents demonstrates the presence of foreign money in our elections. (POGO)
  • Opinion: Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer argues that campaign finance reform is an urgent matter that must be addressed. (Boston Review)

Lobbying

  • Wall Street’s seven biggest banks have spent a combined $20 million on lobbying the federal government this year. (OpenSecrets)
  • Narrow issues often involve the highest amounts spent on lobbying the federal government. (Roll Call)
  • Both Google and Facebook spent record amounts of money on lobbying last quarter. (Tech Crunch)
  • Opinion: The airline industry’s stated commitment to reducing its environmental impact has been negated by its lobbyists’ fight to cripple environmental regulations. (Reuters)

Technology

  • Stateline released an evaluation of how many of the nation’s governors are taking advantage of social media tools. (Stateline)

State and Local

  • Pennsylvania prosecutors are investigating whether a private email chain conducted through smartphones during a public meeting should have been on the public record. (techPresident)
  • County officials in Martin County, Florida said that hiring a lobbyist is necessary for procuring federal funding. (Dredging Today)
  • Opinion: The next mayor of San Francisco must be committed to open government. (HuffPost)
  • Opinion: Ohio Gov. Kasich signing a bill to cap fines for destroying public records could keep “controversial public records in the dark.” (Sunlight Blog)
  • Opinion: California’s move to shut down its Recovery Act website is not good for transparency. (Clawback)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 7/22:

  • None

Relevant bills introduced:

  • None

Transparency events scheduled for 7/22:

  • None
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