Today in #OpenGov 5/14/2014


Keep reading for today’s look at #OpenGov news, events and analysis including unread reports, corporate transparency, and FOIA storytelling.series-opengov-today

National News

  • One member of Congress was quick to respond to a story last week claiming the majority of congressionally mandated reports aren’t wanted. A new bill would sunset every report 5 years after requested unless it was specifically exempted. It is unlikely to go anywhere, but there is already legislation, the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act, that would let more people read these reports. (Washington Post)
  • The new NSA director is paying lipservice to transparency, while avoiding being specific about any meaningful changes that need to take place. (The Hill)
  • A super PAC supporting Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) had one very unusual contribution on its books. An unsecured bank loan for over $200,000. (Roll Call)

International News

  • The EU is moving to require more data about clinical trials from drug makers following a high profile scandals. Companies can no longer use the excuse of “commercial confidentiality” to withhold whatever data they please. (Open Society Foundations)
  • Check out this new article from the NDI regional director for Latin America and Caribbean Programs, “Dangerous Liasions: Organized Crime and Political Finance in Latin America and Beyond.” (NDI)
  • A new report ranks countries like the US and Canada behind Russia and China when it comes to how well they provide information about companies based within their borders. (Public Integrity)

State and Local News

  • The Mayor of Nashville Tennessee signed an open data executive order on Monday. (Local 8 Now)
  • Today in notable FOIA requests: A Mayor in Illinois was angry about a Twitter account parodying him. The crack down resulted in a police raid. (Ars Technica)

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