Today in #OpenGov 5/6/2014


Keep reading for today’s look at #OpenGov news, events and analysis including personal financial disclosures, mapping crashes in India, and complaining about Freedom of Information in Illinois.series-opengov-today

National News

  • Members of Congress have to file their personal financial disclosures by May 15th. (Roll Call)
  • Even though Hillary Clinton isn’t officially running for President, she’s attracting big money to the race. Her opponents are getting into the game now. The Stop Hillary PAC raised more than $500,000 and gathered 250,000 names since last summer. (National Journal)
  • The GAO is criticizing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for its accounting practices. A new report found that the new agency struggled to institute sound accounting in its first few years. (Government Executive)

International News

  • The Indian Institute of Science is mapping traffic crashes in Bangalore, a city of 8.5 million. The project aims to identify dangerous areas and fix problems. (Future Gov)

State and Local News

  • The race for California Secretary of State is usually a fairly quiet affair, but following some high profile political corruption cases the election is attracting attention and promises of transparency from the candidates. (NFOIC)
  • Illinois is seeing a rise in citizens filing Freedom of Information requests. Municipalities are complaining that it is creating rising costs. Maybe they should take this opportunity to rethink their proactive disclosure processes. (Daily Herald)



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