Today in #OpenGov 10/14/2014


Come back from the long weekend with a look at #OpenGov news, events, and analysis that you may have missed. 

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National News

  • Ajay Budhraja, the CTO at the Justice Department’s executive office for immigration review, talked about open data and more. (Executive Gov)
  • The race to replace Darrell Issa as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee should be of interest to federal employees. (Government Executive)
  • Ann Ravel, the Vice Chairwoman and top Democrat on the FEC, is going on a road trip in an attempt to get average people to care about the FEC. (Public Integrity)
  • There has already been $100 million in dark money spent on the midterm elections, a number that could double over the next three weeks. (New York Times)
  • Super PAC attack ads have effected the Senate race in Iowa to the extent that the candidates spent a full 11 minutes rebutting various claims during an hour long debate over the weekend. (Washington Post)
  • Businesses, like Buffer, are learning the advantages of transparency and information sharing. (Harvard Business Review)


  • Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) is pushing the DOJ to explore disclosure requirements around foreign government donations to think tanks. (The Hill)
  • Social media tools can help international leaders magnify their power outside of their national borders. (Federal Computer Week)

State and Local News

  • Observers are concerned that Bill de Blasio is changing his tune on transparency and accountability now that he is in office. (New York Times)
  • Multiple news outlets have filed complaints with the Missouri Attorney General after the city of Ferguson slapped them with high fees for public records requests. (RCFP)
  • Philadelphia is rolling out a real time crime mapping tool that will cover the whole region. ( Philly)

Events This Week

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