Today in #OpenGov 10/1/2013


National News

  • The government is officially shut down and the closure will effect a wide range of government websites from the vital to the frivolous but fun. (Washington Post)
  • The effects of the government shut down will spread all the way to K street. With Federal employees and Congressional staff stuck at home, lobbyists, already frustrated with the lack of work getting done by the 113th Congress, will have even less to influence. (POLITICO)
  • The shut down might also slow down the party circuit in Washington. In the hours before the shut down numerous fundraisers were still scheduled, but now that the doors of government have been locked fundraisers and candidates are looking to push back or cancel their events. (POLITICO)
  • The Federal Election Commission hasn’t been able to do much work recently given the deadlock on the body, but with the shut down it will truly stop. The agency, with the exception of its politically appointed commissioners, will see all of its employees furloughed. (Public Integrity)

International News

  • The Vice President of the European Parliament spoke out against proposed reforms to lobbying transparency rules in the body. Rainer Wieland claimed that reforms could present a serious administrative burden and limit the institution’s work.  (EurActive)
  • While Argentina does not yet have a Freedom of Information law, three civil society organizations have collaborated on a portal to post the asset disclosures of public servants and elected officials online. (Open Knowledge Blog)

State and Local News

  • The Texas Attorney General ruled that a member of the state legislature has to release records related to her communication with the American Legislative Exchange Council. The records were sought by the Wisconsin based Center for Media and Democracy. (FOI Foundation Texas)
  • Oakland , California is continuing its trek towards a citywide open data policy. The city council published a proposed policy that could get a vote as soon as October 15. (Govfresh)

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