Today in #OpenGov 4/10/2014


Keep reading for today’s look at #OpenGov news, events and analysis including duplicative programs, an international take on American campaign finance, and local crime data.series-opengov-today

National News

  • The GAO is out with its most recent report on duplicative programs. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro, testifying about the report in front of the House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee, recommended pressure on OMB, passage of the DATA Act, and a number of other avenues to reform the problems identified by the report. (Government Executive, fedscoop)
  • The House Appropriations Committee approved the first 2 appropriations bills yesterday. The legislative branch bill report included language urging key players to work together to make bill status data available in bulk. (POLITICO)

International News

  • An overseas view on the changes to America’s campaign finance system being wrought by the Supreme Court. (Open Society Foundations)

State and Local News

  • New York is slowly shutting down the Moreland Commission, set up by Governor Andrew Cuomo to recommend political reforms. The state legislature has passed a number of reforms to bribery and campaign finance laws in recent months.) Washington Times/AP)
  • The Pennsylvania State Senate passed a bill that would ban lawmakers and public officials from accepting cash gifts from anyone attempting to influence policy. (Washington Times/AP)
  • Crime data experts came together in New Haven to talk about the advantages of opening crime data, crowdsourcing information, and sharing between activists and officials. (Government Technology)

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