Today in #OpenGov 2/24/2014
Keep reading for today’s look at #OpenGov news, events and analysis including a break-in at a government watchdog, information in Panama, and Secretaries of State on the rise.
- The Project On Government Oversight, a Washington watchdog group, suffered a break-in at its offices over the weekend. Officials believe it may have been related to POGO’s mission. (Washington Post)
- Diplotwoops, a cousin of the Politwoops platform, tracks deleted tweets from diplomats around the world. (Open State Foundation)
- Elected officials in Panama have few requirements to disclose details about their fundraising, assets, or conflicts of interest. But, in advance of elections in May, a citizens group has launched a platform, powered by Poderpedia, to provide more information to voters. (Tech President)
State and Local News
- Legislation in Maryland would boost the budget devoted to a state website that posts information about government contracts. (Maryland Reporter)
- Secretaries of State, elected officials charged with overseeing state elections, are attracting more political money and more obviously partisan candidates than ever. Since 2000’s presidential election drama, it has become clear the the Secretary of State can be in a great position of power to effect the outcome of elections. (NPR)
Events 2/24 – 2/28
- Corruption and Business in Russia: National problem, regional solutions. Woodrow Wilson Center. Mon. 2/24. 9:15 am – 12:00 pm. 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004.
- Limitless Surveillance at the FDA: Protecting the rights of federal whistleblowers. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Wed. 2/26. 10:00 am. 2154 Rayburn House Office Building
- Is the Obama Administration Conducting a Serious Investigation of IRS Targeting? House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Wed. 2/26. 1:30 pm. 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs.
- The Administration’s Proposed Restriction’s on Political Speech: Doubling down on IRS targeting. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Thurs. 2/27. 9:30 am. 2247 Rayburn House Office Building. Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs.
- Mexico’s Political Reform and Electoral Transformation. Atlantic Council. Fri. 2/28. 9:00 – 10:00 am. Atlantic Council of the United States, 1030 15th Street NW, 12th floor, Washington, DC 20005.
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