2Day in #OpenGov 9/26/2012




  • GSA reexamines streamlining efforts: The General Services Administration (GSA) is taking another look at what files need to be electronic. They are also examining their inventory practices. (Federal Computer Week)
  • Several staffers head for the revolving door: Senator Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) policy adviser and counsel Brandi Wilson White is joining the Eastman Chemical Company government relations office. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) and the Senate Finance Committee are also losing staff to job changes. (National Journal)
  • Clear Waters: The House Ethics Committee cleared Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) after nearly three years of investigations into ethics charges against her. Waters is now nearly guaranteed to be the senior Democrat next year on the House Financial Services Committee. (The Hill)

Campaign Finance

  • Panel calls Citizens United a game changer: A group of panelists at a Brookings Institution event said the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision was a “game changer” that allowed for a large influx of money into politics. The panelists agreed the decision gave the affluent more influence, and things are unlikely to change in the near future. (Fierce Government)
  • Survey says privacy laws create barriers: Complying with anti-bribery laws is more complicated thanks to the wide array of data privacy laws different countries have, according to a recent survey of corporate accountants and lawyers. More than half of those surveyed listed data privacy laws as the top challenge. (TrustLaw)

  • Report calls for switch to digital: States should digitize educational resources within the next five years according to recommendations released this week by the State Educational Technology Directors Association. The report pointed to Indiana, Texas and Utah as leaders in going digital for education. (Government Technology)


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