2Day in #OpenGov 9/27/2011


Policy Fellow Matt Rumsey wrote this post.

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

News Roundup:

  • The Federal Government’s 62 Inspector Generals are well worth the money. According to a new report by the GAO, they save the government $18 for every $1 spent on them. (POGO)
  • Meanwhile, the E-Gov fund received mixed reviews from a new GAO report. Many of the problems came about when the programs funding was cut for FY2011 (Federal Computer Week)
  • The Office of Personnel Management is preparing to release a new version of its USAJobs website. The upgraded system aims to provide a more user friendly, retail oriented experience for job seekers. (Government Executive)
Revolving Door
  • The Head of the Justice Department’s public affairs office, Matthew Miller, who has also worked for Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and the House Democratic Caucus will leave government to become a partner at consultancy firm Vianovo. (National Journal)
Campaign Finance
  • A group of 200 business executives has called on corporations to be more transparent about their political activities. They had harsh words for the Citizens United decision, and urged Congress to pass new disclosure laws. (Politico)
  • Facebook has filed papers to launch a PAC. They will be joining Google and Microsoft, among other technology companies, with robust political funding operations. (techPresident)
State and Local
  • Two Supervisors from San Bernardino County, CA plan to introduce a campaign finance law at the Board of Supervisor’s next meeting. The law would impose and enforce limits on contributions to county elections. (Lobby Comply)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 9/27:

  • None.

Relevant bills introduced:

  • None.

Transparency events scheduled for 9/27:

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