Today in #OpenGov 4/18/2014


Keep reading for today’s look at #OpenGov news, events and analysis including the fundraiser-in-chief, open data in Jakarta, and a new open data law in Maryland.series-opengov-today

National News

  • A number of healthcare industry groups are teaming up to issue new recommendations to increase price transparency in the sector. (Washington Post)
  • President Obama has attended 373 fundraisers during his time in office. (Government Executive)

International News

  • Jakarta, Indonesia is holding an open data challenge and working to get its city managers to use open data to make better decisions. (Future Gov)
  • Only 1 in 200 citizens in Pakistan bothers to file their income tax return. In an attempt to shame the other 199, officials are publishing a directory of taxpayers’ details. (Tech President)
  • The French antitrust authority persuaded Nespresso to open its espresso machine to third-party pod providers. A similar story may be headed in the opposite direction in the United States, where Keurig is planning to lock their system to outside pod-makers. (Ars Technica)

State and Local News

  • Maryland passed a law that will set up a state Council on Open Data, comprised of 37 government, academic, and private-sector leaders. The law also mandates more data releases. (Government Technology)
  • The Department of Housing and Urban Development is planning to post salary data for officials running America’s 4,000 public housing authorities by mid-May(Government Executive)

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