Today in #OpenGov 3/21/2014


Keep reading for today’s look at #OpenGov news, events and analysis including Hillary’s PACs, corruption in Afghanistan, and a bummer in Philadelphia.series-opengov-today

National News

  • Comcast published its first transparency report this week. The cable giant received more than 24,000 federal, state, and local government requests for data last year. Comcast is the third major telecom company to share this sort of information. (The Hill)
  • Hillary Clinton isn’t even running for President yet, but there are already at least nine PACs or super PACs lining up to support her. Some of them are professional operations staffed by Clinton allies, others are much harder to pin down. (National Journal)
  • The House Ethics Committee is reviewing alleged violations by Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D). A former Gutierrez chief of staff had a long term contract with the Congressman, even after he had become a lobbyist in Illinois. (Roll Call)

International News

  • The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction made the case that widespread corruption in the country could roll back any progress that has been made over the past 12 years. (National Journal)

State and Local News

  • Philadelphia’s Chief Data Officer Mark Headd announced that he will be stepping down in April after two and a half years in the post. Headd, who helped the city take major steps in his realm, said that he will rejoin the community and remain active in the tech scene. ( Philly)
  • San Francisco is trying to make its legislation more open with a new motion that would ensure that all legislation gets put on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ website in formats that comply with the city’s open data law. (CivSource)
  • Los Angeles has launched a new city spending website. The site, rolled out in advance of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s first budget, includes data stretching back to 2009 and compares revenue and spending by all city agencies. (Government Technology)

Events Today 3/21

  • It’s Sunshine Week! Check out the calendar for a comprehensive roundup of all this week’s related events.

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