Today in #OpenGov 9/15/2014


Keep reading for today’s look at #OpenGov news, events, and analysis, including expanding whistleblower court options, a data refresh in San Francisco, and five years of 

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National News

  • is marking its five year anniversary. Five years in, it hosts more than half a million data resources and is moving into a new phase. (Fed Scoop)
  • Senator Patrick Leahy, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, is pushing for a reversal to the decision that resulted in the removal of thousands of cases from the PACER system. (Ars Technica)
  • Despite recent setbacks, the campaign finance reform movement is far from finished. Is Silicon Valley playing a growing role in the movement? (National Journal)
  • Y Combinator, a top tech accelerator, is turning its attention and potentially its wallet towards government focused start ups. (Gov Fresh)
  • The Senate voted unanimously to expand a pilot program that gives whistleblowers the ability to appeal Merit Systems Protection Board rulings in a wider array of courts than previously. The bill passed the House earlier this summer and is heading to President Obama’s desk. (Government Executive)

International News

  • Three members of the Transparency International chapter in the Philippines share their experiences fighting corruption in the country. (

State and Local News

  • San Francisco is out with a new Strategic Open Data Plan and relaunched its DataSF portal as part of the initiative. The portal was redesigned with an eye towards simplicity. (Digital Communities)
  • The Washington State Court of Appeals was unanimous in its decision that call records and text messages send from a county prosecutor’s persona cell phone aren’t private if they are related to public business. (Union Bulletin)

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