2Day in #OpenGov 6/25/2013


by Carrie Tian, policy intern


  • The GSA is moving to “zero-based budgeting” : each division starts as if they had zero dollars and then must justify each budget request they make against the GSA’s top level goals. CIO Casey Coleman hopes the policy will generate more consistent data, increase transparency, and reduce wasted effort and money. (FedScoop
  • On the morning of the Bay State’s special election, a roundup of the two candidates’ campaign finances: Markey leads 76-1 in energy money. Looking at funding overall is not quite as large of a blowout, though Markey has been working with millions more than Gomez. (POLITICO)
  • A top aide from John Boehner’s office is leaving to run the DC office of American Express. Brett Loper, Boehner’s former deputy chief of staff, is the third high-ranking staff member to leave in recent months, fueling speculation that Boehner’s time in Congress is drawing to a close. (The Hill)
  • A slate of legislation up for consideration in Ohio’s General Assembly would curtail transparency in the state. One bill would close meetings about misconduct by fiscal officers; another would allow public bodies to privately meet on economic development issues. (The Plain Dealer)
  • Founders of the pro-Hillary super PACs hope that their early proliferation will discourage other candidates from entering the field, even before Clinton has announced her own candidacy. (Washington Post)
  • S.1215 – A bill to strengthen privacy protections, accountability, and oversight related to domestic surveillance conducted pursuant to the USA PATRIOT Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978.