Today in #OpenGov 10/6/2014


Today’s look at #OpenGov news, events, and analysis returns from a brief hiatus with stories on Democrats’ embrace of PAC money, attempts to fix Virginia’s reputation, a few new government transparency websites, and more.

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National News

  • moved out of Beta mode last week, adding a slew of new features as it did so. (FedScoop)
  • Congressional watchdogs have been hinting at the need for clearer conflict of interest rules for a couple of years now. Last week, the Office of Congressional Ethics released a report that brought the issue back into the news. The House Ethics Committee has convened a “working group” and recommended a “task force” to examine the issue. (Washington Post)
  • The Federal government launched a new website to disclose information about payments to doctors and teaching hospitals by drug and medical device manufacturers. Unfortunately, the site has been met with some early negative reviews. (New York Times)
  • Democrats have embraced big money PACs as they fight to retain control of the Senate and limit their losses in the House. (New York Times)

State and Local News

  • Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) is moving to repair his state’s damaged ethical reputation. He announced the creation of a commission to focus on ethics and accountability in state government. (Public Integrity)

Events This week

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