2Day in #OpenGov 3/19/2013

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NEWS ROUNDUP:

  • This week, the Research Data Alliance is launching a major open data initiative and looking to facilitate scientific data sharing between institutions worldwide. (Tech President)
  • Former members of Congress trying to walk through the revolving door to K street are facing a relatively weak hiring market this year. With revenues continuing to decline, many lobbying shops can’t afford the high salaries commanded and demanded by former members of Congress… (Roll Call)
  • …but some former members have still managed to score high profile gigs. Most recently, former Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT), who lost his senate bid to Sen. John Tester (D-MT) last year, is joining Mercury/Clark & Weinstock as a co-chairman. (The Hill)
  • Last year, the Justice Department opened an investigation into allegations that employees working for the Wall Street Journal in China bribed Chinese officials for information. (Wall Street Journal)
  • State legislatures often lack the effective rules or oversight necessary to stop legislators from acting or voting in their own interest. One expert noted that state legislators are often not paid well enough to discourage unethical behavior.  (Public Integrity)
  • A new, internet focused, political party has sprung up in Argentina. The Partido de la Red takes many cues from the Pirate Party that has sprung up around Europe and is starting by aiming for seats in the Buenos Aires legislature. (Global Integrity)

RELEVANT BILLS INTRODUCED:

  • S.575. Judicial Transparency and Ethics Enhancement Act of 2013.

HAPPENING TODAY 3/19:

HAPPENING TOMORROW 3/20:

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