Today in #OpenGov 3/4/2014


Keep reading for today’s look at #OpenGov news, events and analysis including K street hiring from the Wyden ranks, open government plans, and open regulations in Philadelphia.series-opengov-today

National News

  • Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) is settling into his new role as chair of the powerful Senate Finance Committee. This presents a problem for K street, where there aren’t too many former Wyden staffers. Major firms are willing to drop top dollar for those with access to the Oregon Senator. (The Hill)
  • President Obama’s “advocacy group” is down one fundraiser after Samantha Maltzman was fired for trying to hide a $100,000 donation from a doctor seeking a pardon for Medicare fraud. (Roll Call)
  • Executive agencies are required to update their Open Government Plans this year. The White House issued guidance to agencies last week, calling for bold and ambitious plans. (Executive Government)

International News

  • Publish What You Fund asked Twitter what open data means to it and shared a wide variety of responses. (Open Knowledge Blog)

State and Local News

  • A member of the Philadelphia City Council introduced a bill that would force city agencies to put all of their regulations, both proposed and final, up online. ( Philly)
  • Common Cause Massachusetts is pushing state lawmakers to institute more effective disclosure for super PAC spending in advance of a competitive 2014 gubernatorial race. (Common Cause)

Events Today 3/4

Events Tomorrow 3/5

  • Library of Congress Budget. House Committee on Appropriations. Wed. 3/5. 10:00 am. HT-2, the Capitol. Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch.

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