Today in #OpenGov 2/3/2014


Keep reading for today’s look at #OpenGov news, events and analysis including anti-corruption reading, transparency in Ohio and New Mexico, and plenty of FOIA news. series-opengov-today

National News

  • House Republicans took their annual retreat last week and, as usual, the event is being funded by the Congressional Institute, a “tax exempt-social welfare organization run by Republican lobbyists.” (NPR)
  • The House passed the Farm Bill last week after removing provisions that could have proved harmful to the Freedom of Information Act. (POGO)
  • DHS is either unfortunately inconsistent in their FOIA compliance, or they really hate the Senate. Staffers for Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) were reviewing documents they received from the Border Patrol when they realized that the agency had previously given less redacted versions of the same documents to the EFF.(Government Executive)
  • Democrats may have initially resisted campaign finance deregulation, but now that they have embraced their ability to raise unlimited amounts of money, they’re getting pretty good at it. Major Democratic super PACs easily outpaced their main Republican rivals during 2013. (Public Integrity)

International News

State and Local News

  • The New Mexico Legislature is considering resolutions that would webcast more committee meetings and create a digital archive of video. The legislature currently does not webcast meetings that happen when it is technically “out of session.” (Government Technology)
  • The Civic Works Project, running out of Chicago and funded with a grant from the Knight Community Information Challenge, aims to create apps and other tools to “increase the utility of government data to benefit community organizations and the broader public.” (Knight Foundation)
  • Ohio is moving towards open data with initiatives in the executive branch and legislation working its way through the legislature. (Data Transparency Coalition)

Events 2/3 – 2/7

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