2Day in #OpenGov 9/1/2011


September, already! Here is Thursday’s look at transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.

News Roundup:

Super Committee


  • The White House has created a new webpage called “We the People” that allows people to create and sign petitions advocating for government action. (Federal News Radio)
  • Despite a massive AT&T lobbying campaign, the Department of Justice is going to court to stop the proposed merger with T-Mobile. (Politico)

Campaign Finance

  • A proposal before the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) submitted by ten law professors seeks to require public corporations to list political contributions in annual shareholder statements. (Washington Post)


  • Former federal CIO Vivek Kundra envisions creating a global “Cloud First” policy, which would force countries to work together to determine ways to share cloud data. (Federal Times)
  • The Veterans Affairs Department has launched an online open-source community in an attempt to update its Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) through crowdsourcing. (Federal Computer Week)
  • The New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) held their First International Workshop on Climate Informatics last week to discuss new tools, methods, and applications for climate data. (O’Reilly Radar)
  • Electronic health records help doctors provide better care for their patients, according to a new study. (National Journal)
  • O’Reilly Radar has published “Big Data Now,” a free collection of Radar data coverage during the last year. (O’Reilly Radar)

State and Local

  • Wisconsin is not following state contract transparency laws, according to a new audit. (Watchdog.org)


  • An Indian government agency launched a wiki defining obscure economic terms to “enrich and enhance citizen friendly policy formulation through dialogue and collaborative action.” (techPresident)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 9/1:

  • None

Relevant bills introduced:

  • None

Transparency events scheduled for 9/1:

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