2Day in #OpenGov 6/19/2013


by Carrie Tian, policy intern


  • Tom Wheeler, Obama’s nominee to lead the Federal Communications Commission, cited his experience in leading lobbying groups of cable television and cell phone groups for shaping his opinions and preparing him for the job. (New York Times)
  • The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board meets today to discuss NSA surveillance for the first time. The board’s five appointees only recently received security clearances, and the group is virtually untested, maintaining a low profile for much of its eight years of existence.(Yahoo)
  • Labor unions see the Snowden-induced scrutiny on contractors as a chance to fight proposals for increased federal contracting. At the height of the Bush administration, there were over 7 million federal contractors, with only a third as many executive branch employees. (POLITICO)
  • Early filings for May show strong activity for PACs, with Democratic PAC ActBlue raising $5 million, on par with the DNC and NRCC, and other early filers such as American Crystal Sugar Company PAC and AT&T Inc. Federal PAC giving hundreds of thousands to members of Congress. (Roll Call)
  • Texas became the first state to require a warrant for e-mail searches – the current federal law only stipulates that a warrant is necessary for recent emails the recipient has not yet opened. (Ars Technica)
  • H.R. 2399 – To prevent the mass collection of records of innocent Americans under section 501 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, as amended by section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act, and to provide for greater accountability and transparency in the implementation of the USA PATRIOT Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978.