Today in #OpenGov 2/26/2014


Keep reading for today’s look at #OpenGov news, events and analysis including FOIA reform in the House, sharing financial information, and in depth campaign finance data in Philadelphia.series-opengov-today

National News

  • OMB issued a memo calling for agencies to create a plan and oversight process to make more administrative data open to other agencies and the private sector. (Fierce Government)
  • Jason Furman, Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, suggested that government offices responsible for compiling key economic data may find themselves defunded. The comments came after the Wall Street Journal reported possible cuts to a program integral to calculating inflation. (National Journal)
  • Last night, the House of Representatives Passed the FOIA Act on a unanimous vote. The bill codifies many reforms that President Obama has instituted to the FOIA process and pushes many of those reforms forward. As of this morning, there is no companion legislation in the Senate. (The Hill, E Pluribus Unum)

International News

  • One of Singapore’s top anti-corruption officials was sentenced to 10 years in jail for stealing more than $1 million in public funds. The official had built up large gambling debts at Singapore’s two casinos. (FCPA Blog)
  • The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development was charged by the G20 with working out a standard to help countries share financial information in an effort to crack down on tax evasion. The organization launched a draft framework for the standard this month. (Transparency International)

State and Local News

  • A new app makes it easier to see how Philadelphia politicians are raising money and using their campaign funds. ( Philly)
  • A California State Senator pleaded not guilty to multiple charges that he accepted bribes in exchange for shepherding legislation. (Reuters/Yahoo)

Events Today 2/26

Events Tomorrow 2/27

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