Today in #OpenGov 1/22/2014


Keep reading for today’s look at #OpenGov news, events and analysis including indictments in Virginia, a Citizens United anniversary, and Obamacare lobbying. series-opengov-today

National News

  • The Government Printing Office snagged $120 million in the omnibus appropriations bill, the same as it’s 2013 allotment. Close to $20 million will flow into the GPO’s revolving fund with money earmarked for projects related to FDsys, the GPO’s online database of government documents. (Fierce Government)
  • CVS is trying to avoid major shakeups tied into the roll out of Obamacare, as evidenced by their lobbying expenditures, which more than doubled between the third and fourth quarters of 2013. (Roll Call)
  • On the fourth anniversary of the Citizens United decision check out this look back at Hillary Clinton’s relationship to the historic campaign finance case. (Public Integrity)

International News

  • The Greek outpost of the Open Knowledge Foundation released a new plugin for Firefox that allows users to easily search a repository of Greek open data. (ePSIplatform)
  • Geospatial data is expensive to collect, which may be leading some governments to cringe at the thought of opening it up. But, experts say that holding it back could be stifling innovation and cutting down on potential revenue. (Tech President)

State and Local News

  • Several bills are pending in Virginia that would restrict the access to public information via the state’s freedom of information laws. (Bearing Drift)
  • The seemingly inevitable just happened for former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R) and his wife Maureen. The couple was indicted on a host of bribery charges related to gifts, loans, and vacations that they allegedly accepted from a high powered businessman and political donor. (Washington Post)

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