- Open Gov 2.0: Federal agencies have been releasing their updated Open Government Plans over the past week. Most focus on updating or improving existing transparency initiatives (NextGov)
- Private sector backs readable public data: A new nonprofit coalition, backed by many major companies and former government officials, hopes to push the government to publish data in accessible and transparent formats. (Executive Gov)
State and Local
- A sunny day in Kansas: Kansas completed two new transparency and engagement efforts. The state is providing online access to more than 2 million records and promoting civics education through a new portal. (Yahoo/AP)
- Want that pothole filled? There’s an app for that: Many municipalities are relying on 311 service apps to improve response times, cut down on redundant requests, and increase transparency. (Government Technology)
- Brazil expecting sunlight: The Brazilian government has put significant expectations on itself by committing to a variety of transparency and open government initiatives. (Observing Brazil)
- Open data for peace: PAX, a new project from the Open Knowledge Foundation, hopes to use open data and collaboration to track emerging violent conflicts around the world. (Open Knowledge Foundation Blog)
RELEVANT BILLS INTRODUCED
HAPPENING TODAY 4/17
- Social Networking, the End of Media and the Future of Privacy. Broadband Breakfast. 8:00-10:00 am. Clyde’s of Gallery Place, 707 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001.
- A Roundtable Discussion on Transparency vs. Corruption: The Internet as Disinfectant. GMU Public Policy. 9:00-10:30 am. 3301 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201.
SCHEDULED TOMORROW 4/18
- GSA Management Deficiency Report/Budget Request. Senate Appropriations. 2:30 pm. 138 DSOB. Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee hearing.
- Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Nominations. Senate Judiciary. 10:00 am. 226 DSOB. Full Committee Hearing.
- Federal Information Security Amendments. House Oversight and Government Reform. 10:00 am. 2154 RHOB. Full Committee Markup.
- Library of Congress Leadership Transition. House Administration. 10:00 am. 1310 LHOB. Oversight Subcommittee Hearing.
- Shadow Elite: How the World’s New Power Brokers Undermine Democracy, Government, and the Free Market.GMU Public Policy. 12:00-1:00 pm. 3301 Fairfax Drive, ARlington, VA 22201.
- Congressional Forum on Campaign Finance. House Administration Democrats. 1:30-3:30 pm. 1310 Longworth House Office Building.
Policy Fellow Matt Rumsey wrote this post.