Today in #OpenGov 6/19/2014


Keep reading for an today’s look at #OpenGov news, events, and analysis including the NCAA lobbying against athlete pay, keeping an eye on corruption in Tunisia, and 65,000 plus 311 calls in Chicago.series-opengov-today

National News

  • The IRS went back to the drawing board after a contentious rule-making process that the agency canceled in May. Their new proposal will impose specific limits and rules on how much “social welfare nonprofits” can spend on political campaigns. (Public Integrity)
  • NCAA athletes are looking to get some compensation out of the multi-billion dollar system that wouldn’t exist without them. Naturally, the NCAA and its various conferences and schools aren’t too happy about it. The NCAA and the Big 12 conference have hired outside lobbyists for the first time. (The Hill)

International News

  • India’s telecom minister is looking to bring transparency to his ministry, saying the days of lobbying and favoratism are over. (Business-Standard)
  • Tunisia was the first country to choose a new course during Arab Spring and has been one of the most successful rebuilding in its aftermath. But, one of the groups that helped expose the former regime’s corruption understands that they can’t get complacent and is building a new platform for whistleblowers. (Tech President)

State and Local News

  • 65,088 calls to Chicago’s 311 system provide a rich data set for this interactive map. (Chicago Sun Times)
  • Big data has the potential to transform cities, improving the way we interact with our surroundings and our government. (Data-Smart City Solutions)

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