Today in #OpenGov 6/12/2014


Keep reading for today’s look at #OpenGov news, events and analysis including GAO on the DATA Act, ERIC PACs appetite, and plenty of potential sporting corruption.  series-opengov-today

National News

  • HuffPo highlights the Obama Administration’s efforts to recruit more tech talent, focusing on the new in house “start up” 18F. (Huffington Post)
  • The GAO blogged about why the DATA Act is so important for holding the federal government accountable. (GAO Watchblog)
  • Eric Cantor grabbed most of the headlines in Washington yesterday, losing his primary election in shocking fashion. The amount Cantor’s leadership PAC spent at Washington area restaurants is a great story within the story. They say you have to spend money to make money and ERIC PAC did just that, dropping more than $170,000 or 12% of the PAC’s non political spending, on food and drink. (

International News

  • To celebrate the World Cup launch, the World Bank is hosting a webinar about the corruption that often goes hand in hand with preparing for global sporting events and what young activists can do about it.  (World Bank)
  • South Korea is moving to require senior civil servants to disclose more information about their assets as part of their Open Government Partnership commitment. (Future Gov)
  • Ever wonder which governments around the world are on GitHub, building tools in the open? Check out this comprehensive list. (GitHub)

State and Local News

  • This week, New Jersey announced an $82 million taxpayer subsidy to help the Philadelphia 76ers build a brand new practice facility in impoverished Camden, NJ. Perhaps unsurprisingly, some of the 76ers major investors are also big time donors to Governor Chris Christie, the Christie led Republican Governors Association, and other New Jersey politicians. (Pando Daily)


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