Today in #OpenGov 10/30/2013


National News

  • There’s a lot for the White House to like in a new study from McKinsey & Co., notably its finding that open data could generate more than $3 trillion for a number of industries. US Deputy CTO Nick Sinai cited the study as reinforcing the Obama administration’s open data efforts. (FedScoop)
  • Former Representative Rick Renzi (AZ) was sentenced to 3 years in prison for crimes he committed while in Congress. Renzi was convicted of embezzling funds for his campaign committee and trying to convince the government to swap land with a business partner. (Roll Call)
  • The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee considered and advanced legislation that would attempt to tackle fraudulent spending by contractors. The Stop Unworthy Spending Act passed the committee on a voice vote. (Government Executive)
  • The Open Data Institute, launched in Britain to figure out ways to maximize the value of open government data, is coming stateside. The US version, launched along with 12 other “nodes” around the world, will be led by technologist Waldo Jaquith. (Tech President)

International News

  • A new petition will be delivered to a key European policy maker laying out a plan for lobbying reforms that would provide greater disclosure and ensure that more lobbyists register. (Access Info)
  • As policy makers and advocates from around the world gather in London for the OGP Summit the role of open data in European democracy is up for discussion. This author wants to see more citizens, journalists, and civil society groups to engage more with data, request information they would like open, and use open data to hold governments accountable. (Open Knowledge Blog)

State and Local News

  • Civic innovation has taken great strides in Chicago over the past several years. Now, the Chicago civic hacking community is figuring out how to grow it’s tent in a sustainable way. (govfresh)

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