Today in #OpenGov 6/23/2014
Keep reading for an today’s look at #OpenGov news, events, and analysis including an inch closer to Senate e-filing, corporate data and corruption, and open law in New York City.
- Officials at Treasury and OMB are reportedly focusing on reusing existing data, rather than creating entirely new data, to comply with the DATA Act’s mandates. (Federal Computer Week)
- The Senate is slowly trying to move into the 21st century. Two powerful Senate committees, Appropriations and Rules have now approved the Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act, which would require Senators to electronically file their campaign finance reports, saving money and increasing transparency. (Roll Call)
- Representative Don Young (R-AK) was ordered by the House Ethics Committee to pay nearly $60,000 after it was found that he used campaign money on a number of personal expenses between 2001 and 2013. (New York Times)
- New members of the Republican House leadership team aren’t new to the campaign money game. Records provide a look at who their friends are, and who they might owe favors to. (Roll Call)
- Technology makes it much easier to identify and fight corruption, but only if adequate and accurate data is available to those trying to battle it. These blog argues that the G-20 anti-corruption working group should embrace open data as a topic and work to open up beneficial ownership information. (Tisne.org, Transparency International)
State and Local News
- The New York City Council is trying to improve public access to the Big Apple’s laws. A new bill, sponsored by several lawmakers, would require the city to post a complete copy of its charter, administrative code, and official rules on NYC.gov in searchable formats. (Government Technology)
- The Pennsylvania State Senate is moving a bill that would require state universities to provide more information to the public by expanding the state’s open records law. (Government Technology)
- San Francisco took a while to hire their Chief Data Officer, but that job is done and open data is again moving forward in the city. (Govfresh)
Events This Week
- Dawn of the Smart City? Perspectives from Sao Paulo, New York, Ahmedabad, and Beijing. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Mon. 6/23. 2:00 – 4:00 pm. 1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW.
- Business Meeting to Consider S. 1893, to require the TSA to implement best practices and improve transparency with regard to technology acquisition, among other items. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Tues. 6/24. 2:30 pm. 253 Russell Senate Office Building.
- Business Meeting to Consider the Nomination of Shaun Donovan to be Director of OMB among other items. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Wed. 6/25. 10:00 am. 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building.
- How Data Mining Threatens Student Privacy. House Committee on Education and Workforce’s Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education with House Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies. Wed. 6/25. 11:00 am. 311 Cannon House Office Building.
- More Equality, More Democracy: The case of Brazil. National Endowment for Democracy. Thurs. 6/26. 3:00 – 4:30. 1025 F Street NW, Suite 800.
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