Keep reading for today’s look at #OpenGov news, events and analysis including… lobbyists launching, judges bribing and Detroit’s data potential.
- SpaceX, one of the major private space exploration start ups, is starting its second team of lobbyists. Read the article for plenty of clever space-related wordplay. (Roll Call)
- The Center for American Progress, a major liberal think tank, revealed its donors last week. Turns out a lot of the groups money comes from major American companies. (POLITICO)
- Corruption is so common in the Armenian judiciary that judges have decided to save time and come up with a price list for their most common kick backs. Bribes are tied to the expected cost of the lawsuit involved. (FCPA Blog)
- The Indian state of Maharashtra is trying to promote transparency using a new mobile app. It will allow citizens to access information about government resolutions and cabinet decisions. (Future GovGov)
State and Local News
- State officials weren’t so happy with the results of a recent report from the Center for Public Integrity that found disclosure requirements for judges were severely lacking in almost every state. (Public Integrity)
- Detroit might be able to leverage big data to tackle some of the challenges facing the struggling city, but it will have to be done cheaply. (National Journal)
- Government spending transparency: the DATA act and beyond. Advisory Committee on Transparency. Mon. 12/16. 2:00 – 3:30 pm. 2203 Rayburn House Office Building.
- The accountability revolution: new approaches to advancing democratic governance. Brookings Institution. Tues. 12/17. 2:00 pm. Falk auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts ave, NW, Washington, DC 20036.
- The why, what, and how of a development data revolution. Center for Global Development. Thur. 12/19. 10:00 – 11:30 am. 2055 L street, NW, fifth floor, Washington, DC, 20036.
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