Today in #OpenGov 9/5/2014


Keep reading for today’s look at #OpenGov news, events, and analysis, including a new Chief Technology Officer, open data in Indonesia, and a conviction in Virginia.

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National News

  • Senate Republicans may push for debate on a proposal to amend the constitution to roll back the Citizens United decision. Republicans hate the idea and may want to argue against it on the floor. (POLITICO)
  • President Obama has named a successor to Chief Technology Officer Todd Park. Megan Smith, a longtime Google executive, will take over. She will be joined by a new deputy CTO, Alex Macgillivray, a former Twitter lawyer. (Washington Post)
  • 18F is working on ways to make the Freedom of Information Act process better. They have launched a prototype of a “consolidated request submission hub” that they will be updating. (E Pluribus Unum)
  • The White House is seeking feedback on its open government website. (GovFresh)

International News

  • Indonesia launched an open data portal along with 700 datasets from 24 agencies. (Future Gov)

State and Local News

  • Disgraced former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen were convicted on a number of corruption charges related to their accepting gifts from a businessman in exchange for official favors. (POLITICO)
  • An Austin, Texas nonprofit is attacking youth obesity with neighborhood level data analysis. (Government Technology)

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