Today in #OpenGov 6/9/2014


Keep reading for today’s look at #OpenGov news, events and analysis including a stronger NSA IG, money for open data, and the costs of corruption.  series-opengov-today

National News

  • A bipartisan group of Senators introduced a bill last week that would significantly increase the independence of the NSA’s inspector general. Currently, the spy agency is allowed to appoint its own watchdog, but the new legislation would make the position a Presidential appointee and Senate confirmable.  (Government Executive)
  • Mary Jo White, chair of the SEC, is pushing for more transparency in high speed trading. New rules would require firms that participate in the practice to register and comply with regulatory agencies. (Executive Gov)
  • President Obama nominated another major Democratic fundraiser to a high profile diplomatic post. Jane Hartley, who raised at least $500,000 for Obama in 2012, is on deck to be the next Ambassador to France. (Washington Post)

International News

  • Two former German lawmakers are being investigated in connection with a corrupt arms deal between German company Crauss-Maffei Wegmann and Greece. (Transparency International)
  • New Zealand is boosting funding for its open data programs by $300,000 over the next two years. The money will go towards specific data releases. (Future Gov)

State and Local News

  • A new study in the Public Administration Review looked at more than 25,000 public corruption related convictions nationwide and found that higher instances of corruption correlate with increased spending on construction, highways, and police protection programs. (Government Technology)

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