Today in #OpenGov 11/21/2013


National News

  • The House quietly passed a campaign finance bill earlier this week. The bill extends the FEC’s authority to hand out administrative penalties to campaign committees when they are late filing, or simply fail to file, their campaign reports.(Roll Call)
  • After 8 years as chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke argued that he has made significant progress towards opening up the traditionally closed institution during his tenure. Making the Fed more transparent was one of Bernanke’s original goals. (National Journal)
  • Marc Smith put together a massive map of open government communities on Twitter. He analyzed tweets mentioning opengov and broke them down based on location, communities, and more. (E Pluribus Unum)

International News

  • A Brazilian state, Minas Gerais, decided to help out their entire country with a new tool, DataViva, that should help government employees, citizens, and the private sector make more sense of big government data. (Tech President)
  • Want to learn about open budgets around the world? Check out the International Budget Partnership’s new OBS Data Explorer! The explorer lets users explore results to the IBP’s Open Budget Survey. (International Budget Partnership)

State and Local News

  • Honolulu Hawaii is moving to expand state open data rules to their city. The Honolulu City Council unanimously passed an open data bill and sent it on to the Mayor. (CivSource)

Events Tomorrow

  • The ethics of lobbying. Georgetown University. Fri. 11/22. 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Georgetown University, Rafik B. Hairir Building, Fisher Colloquium, 37th st and O st, NW, Washington, DC.

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