Today in #OpenGov 3/10/2014


Keep reading for today’s look at #OpenGov news, events and analysis including Presidential Innovation Fellows, Russia’s US influence game, and civic tech in Minnesota.series-opengov-today

National News

  • The White House is looking for its third round of Presidential Innovation Fellows. The successful program looks to attract private sector, technical talent into government for innovative projects. (Executive Government)
  • Darrell Issa (R-CA) is nearing the end of his tenure as chairman of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. While he is running for re-election, he has expressed a desire to eventually return to the private sector, where he made a fortune before coming to Congress. (Roll Call)
  • Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer has been increasing his profile in big political money circles and he’s ready to go national by planning to spend up to $100 million on the 2014 midterms.  (National Journal)

International News

  • Filings under the Foreign Agents Registration Act show what companies working for Russia in the U.S. are spending their time on. Ketchum, a New York based PR firm, helps Russia place op-eds, sets up meetings for visiting Russian officials, and more. (Washington Post)
  • Indonesia is using social media to fight against corruption and promote transparency. (Future Gov)

State and Local News

  • Legislation in Minnesota aims to manage civic innovation on the state level, using some of the state’s $1.2 billion surplus to do so. The bill would promote open data, open government, and civic technology. (Tech President)
  • Chicago is out with its first open data report, highlighting a large increase in data downloads, an embrace of GitHub, and and more. (GCN)

Events This Week 3/10 – 3/14

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