2Day in #OpenGov 5/17/2013



  • A new discussion draft of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act was released this week, and a bill is expected to follow soon. (FedScoop)
  • Project Open Data is already fielding submissions ranging from fixing broken links to policy suggestions. (FedScoop)
  • The U.S. CIO said there are anecdotal examples of the economic benefits of open data, but  there is no definite tally of open data’s impact. (FCW)
  • President Obama has named a new head of the IRS in the wake of the news that the agency had targeted conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. (New York Times)
  • Several Congressional Republicans are using the recent news about the IRS’ actions to fundraise. (Public Integrity)
  • A former Senate candidate triggered a $19,000 fine for campaign finance violations with language he used in an email.  (Roll Call)
  • A new report found some senior GSA officials gave cash awards to each other to the tune of $160,000 over two years. (Washington Post)
  • Several groups are joining together to make an online push for immigration reform next week. (The Hill)
  • Documents are being unsealed in the case of a D.C. businessman who’s been accused of running a “shadow” campaign for D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray that did not obey disclosure laws. (Washington Post)
  • Google CEO Larry Page said current laws are hampering technology and innovation. (The Hill)


  • S. 927. Veterans’ Outreach Act of 2013.
  • S. 987. A bill to maintain the free flow of information to the public by providing conditions for the federally compelled disclosure of information by certain persons connected with the news media.
  • H.R. 1768. Accountability Review Board Reform Act of 2013.
  • H.R. 1931. Easy Savings Act of 2013.
  • H.R. 1937. Student Right to Know Before You Go Act of 2013.
  • H.R. 2024. To amend title 35, United States code, to require disclosure of ownership and transfers of ownership of patents, and for other purposes.


  • None.

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