- George W. Bush moved to release many documents related to his presidency on a quicker timetable than his predecessor, according to a document recently uncovered via a FOIA request. (POLITICO)
- A New York Hotel baron and notable Hillary Clinton bundler pled guilty last week to charges that he made more than $180,000 in illegal contributions over the past several election cycles. (POLITICO)
- Last week France, in a joint statement with Mexico, announced that it would be joining the Open Government Partnership. (E Pluribus Unum)
- A look at how some of the most successful parliamentary monitoring and legislative information sites around the world have gained and held on to their audiences. (Opening Parliament)
State and Local News
- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) received significant blowback from lawmakers after he tasked a state commission with looking into the outside jobs held by many state legislators. Cuomo recently shut the commission down, presumably putting an end to the inquiry. (New York Times)
- Despite a new transparency portal, Transparent Idaho, the state got a failing grade in a recent report on how transparent state government’s make their spending. (Government Technology)
Events This Week
- Media and Civil Society in Syria’s Evolving Conflict. New America Foundation. Tues. 4/22. 12:30 – 2:00 pm. 1899 L Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036.
- TTIP Stakeholder Forum. Johns Hopkins SAIS. Wed. 4/23. 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Johns Hopkins SAIS, Nitze Building, Kenney Auditorium, 1740 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036.
- Informatica 2014 government summit. Government Executive. Thurs. 4/24. 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, GWSAE Suite, Washington, DC 20004.