2Day in #OpenGov 1/27/2012


Policy Fellow Matt Rumsey wrote this post.

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

News Roundup:


  • It is being reported that Federal Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra will announce his resignation today. Chopra has served as CTO since 2009. (Fed Scoop)
  • The Senate is prepared to act on the STOCK act next week. The act, which President Obama indicated he would sign during his State of the Union Address, aims to ban insider trading by members of Congress. (Politico)
Campaign Finance
  • The Obama campaign is taking advantage of the SOPA/PIPA fight to raise money in San Francisco. The campaign’s top technology advisers will be available to talk to members of the tech community who are willing to donate. (Tech President)
  • One of Rick Santorum’s major financial backers, and the top donor to the Red White and Blue Fund super PAC that is backing the former Senator in his bid for the Republican nomination, announced that he would continue to provide financial support through nominating contests in February and March. (National Journal)
  • The FEC has a page full of interactive maps to track information for the 2012 presidential, senate, and house races. (Lobby Comply)
  • Twitter announced that it built the capability to remove certain messages from user’s timelines based on the laws of their countries. The company expressed their wish to be as transparent as possible about the process and requests to withhold tweets will be posted to Chilling Effects. (Tech President)
  • Newt Gingrich released his recent tax returns before his rival Mitt Romney, but he failed to disclose where much of his income came from. (AP/Yahoo)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 1/27:

  • None.

Relevant bills introduced:

  • None.
Transparency events scheduled for 1/27:
  • None.

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