Today in #OpenGov 5/13/2014


Keep reading for today’s look at #OpenGov news, events and analysis including cybersecurity lobbying, World Cup corruption, and civic hacking across the country.series-opengov-today

National News

  • A new directive from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence appears to ban federal employees from publicly discussing classified materials after they have been made publicly available via leaks or whistleblower disclosures. (Washington Post)
  • Beth Cobert, OMB’s deputy director, argued that innovative practices within the federal government needs to be taken beyond the agency level and expanded government wide. (Fierce Government)
  • Cybersecurity and data protection are becoming hot topics in Washington, as lobbying reports make obvious. The number of groups trying to influence power brokers on the issues nearly tripled over the past half decade. (Executive Gov)

International News

  • One transportation agency in Australia used a transparent fault management system to track incidents, improve response times, and cut costs. (Future Gov)
  • Brazil has spent $11.5 billion (and counting) preparing to host the World Cup, including more than $900 million on its flagship stadium. Much of the cost overrun is being attributed to fraudulent billing and other corrupt practices. (Washington Times)

State and Local News

  • A civic technology community is beginning to coalesce in Atlanta. The key is to harness the energy and investment for good. (Data-Smart City Solutions)
  • Civic hacking is taking off and civic hackers have lots of advice to give. (


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