Today in #OpenGov 4/9/2014


Keep reading for today’s look at #OpenGov news, events and analysis including workplace safety data, opening London, and a state spending data scorecard.series-opengov-today

National News

  • The Department of Labor’s online enforcement database pulls together a variety of data sets related to worker safety. (Center for Effective Government)
  • The Defense Department’s Inspector General is out with a new report that says the DoD is not properly maintaining a database of information about high ranking officials who consider moving through the revolving door. The database is required under a 2008 law. (Washington Post)

International News

  • The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction is fighting with USAID over documents related to billions of dollars of reconstruction spending in the country. (POGO)
  • London has plans to get smart, but to do so the city needs open data. The city is hoping to turn its “London Datastore” into a global leader by 2016. (Future Gov)

State and Local News

  • Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe moved to strengthen an ethics bill that would require lobbyists to disclose what they spend on gifts and entertainment for lawmakers. McAuliffe added family members to the requirement. (Washington Times/AP)
  • A new report shows that government spending transparency is improving at the state level, but momentum has been inconsistent across the country. Only three states failed based on the reports methodology. (US PIRG)
  • Boston is moving to make its open data efforts more official. Yesterday, recently elected Mayor Marty Walsh issued an open data executive order just hours after a member of the city council proposed creating an open data ordinance. (E Pluribus Unum)

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