2Day in #OpenGov 6/1/2012

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NEWS ROUNDUP

Campaign Finance

  • Roemer out, but not down: Buddy Roemer, the former Governor of Louisiana and campaign finance reform champion, has officially ended his dark horse presidential bid following the collapse of Americans Elect. He’s planning to start an organization dedicated to campaign finance reform. (Politico)

Government

  • Big data? No problem: A “big data commission,” comprised of 22 experts from business, academia, and government, is being launched to help government and business better scale their mountains of data. (Federal Computer Week)
  • Agencies share the digital gov love: A week after the Obama administration announced its new digital government strategy agencies are pondering the best way to implement it. NASA, feeling ahead of the game, shared some insights and strategy. (Federal Computer Week)
State and Local
  • Open records inflation: Colorado’s open records laws mandate a maximum charge of $.025 per page copied, but myriad exceptions have slowly expanded the cost to citizens looking for information from their state government. (State Integrity)
  • Still exempt after all these years: Several states have moved to update their open records laws recently, but the quality of these laws has been spotty at best, with loopholes and exemptions the rule. (iWatch News)
  • California Senate sees some light: The California State Senate voted to advance two transparency measures. If signed into law they would make government documents easier to find online and provide funding to upgrade the state’s woefully out of date lobbyist disclosure system. (Tech President)

RELEVANT BILLS INTRODUCED

  • S.3244. A bill to amend the Higher Education Opportunity Act to add disclosure requirements to the institution financial aid offer form and to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to make such forms mandatory. Referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
  • H.Con.Res 127. Expressing the sense of Congress regarding actions to preserve and advance the multistakeholder governance model under which the Internet has thrived. Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

HAPPENING TODAY6/1

  • None.
SCHEDULED THIS WEEKEND
  • None.

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