Today in #OpenGov 3/31/2014


Keep reading for today’s look at #OpenGov news, events and analysis including a notable retirement, Canadian open data, and lots of news out of California.series-opengov-today

National News

  • Fallout from the recent Washington Post story on OPM’s inefficient retirement processing system continued last week. A Bipartisan group of Senators sent a letter to OPM calling the agency out for its continued failure to modernize. Meanwhile, reforming the problem doesn’t seem likely to gain much traction in Congress. (Government Executive, Roll Call)
  • Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, announced on that he will not be seeking reelection in the fall. Rogers, a staunch supporter of the NSA and controversial legislation like CISPA, will join a talk radio network upon his retirement. (Ars Technica)

International News

  • The Canadian government is turning to entrepreneurs and hackers in an effort to make use of the country’s data. Earlier this month, they held a two day hackathon, which sprouted over 100 apps built with Canadian open data.  (Global News Canada)

State and Local News

  • The California State Senate voted to suspend three of its members on Friday. The three, all Democrats, are facing charges in separate criminal cases. (New York Times)
  • The California State Lands Commission is opening up their financial data using the platform. Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom expressed his hope that other agencies will follow the Commission’s lead. (Government Technology)

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