2Day in #OpenGov 6/24/2013

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by Carrie Tian, policy intern

NEWS:

  • Obama announced on Friday that he was nominating Lee Goodman and Ann Ravel to the FEC, signaling the end of an outspoken commissioner’s tenure. Donald McGahn, who frequently opposed campaign finance reform and blocked rules to limit the sources and amount of money in federal campaigns, will step down upon Senate confirmation of Goodman. (National Journal)
  •  Meanwhile, the FCC is hobbled by ongoing vacancies and the lack of an appointed leader, even as it tries to sort out critical policy issues like expanding the wireless spectrum available for commercial use. The weeks-long holdup could last until the Senate Republicans issue their recommendation for a GOP candidate. (POLITICO)
  • Comparing the 2012 FOIA report to previous years reveals that last year saw more requests denied due to privacy than any year since 2002. The number of FOIA requests, which had plummeted during Bush’s 2nd term, is steadily increasing again. (Investigative Reporting Workshop)
  • The Chamber of Commerce released an ad advocating for the immigration reform bill, featuring clips from Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and Paul Ryan, though Paul announced on Sunday that he is planning to vote against the Senate bill. (Washington Post)
  • Financial experts are keeping an eye on the Supreme Court in the midst of its busy final week, waiting to see how its DOMA ruling will affect the financial status of same-sex couples. One issue at stake is the disclosure of assets during campaigns, as Sean Eldridge’s campaign highlighted last week. (POLITICO)
  • With less than 100 days until the official launch of the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration seeks to integrate a constellation of federal and state agencies projects and ready them for public use starting October 1st. (Washington Post)
BILLS:
  • S. 159. Expressing the sense of the Senate condemning the targeting of Tea Party groups by the Internal Revenue Service and calling for an investigation.
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