- The Presidential Election Commission got a shout out in the State of the Union. The groups issued a report on the 2012 election just days before the speech. Their suggested reforms are focused on improving technology and data. (Tech President)
- Final 2013 campaign finance reports are still rolling in and there are already $1 million super PAC donors. The big donors include associations, unions, and individuals, topped by the Democratic Governors Association, which shifted more than $7 million to its own super PAC during 2013. (Roll Call)
- China is trying to address their serious air pollution issues with open data. Starting this year, Chinese factors are required to report air emissions and wasterwater multiple times a day and post that data online. (Future Gov)
State and Local News
- South Carolina is making good use of a variety of health data to make it easier for citizens to find and pick the best hospital and policy makers to make informed decisions. SChealthdata.org includes financial and operational data and will eventually include data on the cost of various procedures. (Government Technology)
- StreetCred takes a variety of, previously siloed, criminal justice data and brings it together in an attempt to help police more easily identify and find fugitives. (Gov Fresh)
- Regulatory capture: Preventing pervasive corruption of the public interest. Center for American Progress. Thurs. 1/30. 9:00 am – 10:30 am. 1333 H Street NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC, 20005.
- Corruption & Abuse in Sochi Olympics. Press Club. Thurs. 1/30. 9:30 – 11:00 am. National Press Club, Murrow Room, 529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC 20045.
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