Today in #OpenGov 9/30/13


National News

  • Decisions about how to fund the government — and whether the 2010 health care law would be impacted — are expected to be tossed from the Senate back to the House today after a quiet Sunday at the Capitol. If the House and Senate cannot work out a deal on the budget today, the U.S. government is poised for the first shutdown in nearly 20 years. (Washington Post)
  • The National Security Agency has been using the data collected on U.S. citizens to create charts of their social connections. The agency is using communication data along with information from social media profiles, bank accounts, passenger manifests, and GPS locations, among other things, to chart connections between people. (New York Times)
  • The Justice Department is moving to sue North Carolina over the state’s voter ID law, following a decision last month to sue Texas for a similar measure. (Washington Post)

International News

  • Saturday was International Right to Know Day, and events focused on improving access to information took place in countries across the world. There is a Google map tracking these events. (MySociety)

State and Local News

  • The Washington-area economy could lose $200 million each day if the federal government does shut down. Mayor Vincent Gray is hoping to mitigate the impacts on the District’s workforce by declaring all of its employees essential, meaning they would be able to keep working through a shutdown. (Washington Post)
  • Census numbers show the total number of local governments increased slightly over the last five years, even as revenues shrank across every level. The Census showed more than 90,000 local governments in 2012. (Pew States)
  • Civic hackers in Vermont are preparing to use approved datasets to make apps that they hope will improve the quality of government processes — and the economy. The hackathon, HackVT, is scheduled for Oct. 11-12.  (Motherboard)
  • San Francisco is now home to a new headquarters for GitHub, the platform that is also hosting the city’s newly opened  municipal code. Posting San Francisco’s code online in a more user-friendly format is the result of working with GitHub, OpenGov Foundation, and other groups. (GovFresh)

Bills in Congress

  • H.R. 3155 To promote transparency, accountability, and reform within the United Nations System and for other purposes.


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