2Day in #OpenGov 5/20/2013



  • Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) is reintroducing the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act this week. The legislation unanimously passed the House last year only to die in the Senate. (FCW)
  • Bipartisan legislation has been introduced to require a court order for federal agencies before the seizure of phone records. (The Hill)
  • Hearings started Friday as the House looks into why the IRS targeted certain groups for extra scrutiny. The hearing, in front of the House Ways and Means Committee, was the first of several scheduled on the topic. (Washington Post)
  • Nonprofits names tend to indicate just about nothing when it comes to how politically active they’ll be, according to an analysis. (Public Integrity)
  • Tom Wheeler, President Obama’s nominee to lead the FCC, is dumping more than a half-million dollars of stock in AT&T and Verizon to avoid a conflict of interest in the new position.  (The Hill)
  • The FCC now has one less challenger to its net neutrality rules: Metro PCS, which was recently acquired by T-Mobile, dropped its lawsuit. Verizon, however, is moving ahead with its challenge. (The Hill)
  • A new report questioned the potential security risks to Internet users if the FBI is allowed to intercept Internet audio and video chats. (New York Times)
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook is scheduled to appear in front of the Senate this week to testify about offshore profit shifting. (ArsTechnica)
  • A new crowdsourced database of social and political connections in Chile is aiming to raise awareness about potential conflicts of interest and corruption. (TechPresident)


  • H.R. 1942. Construction Quality Assurance Act of 2013.



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