Today in #OpenGov 11/14/2014


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  • Recent scandals at the Department of Veterans Affairs resulted in some quick reforms, including potentially very meaningful transparency provisions. (Roll Call)
  • The fight to replace Darrell Issa as Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is heating up with three members battling to replace the controversial Issa. (POLITICO)
  • Congress and the White House teamed up to eliminate around 50 outdated agency reports. They could expand this area of agreement by passing the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act next Congress and giving the public a full picture of agency reports to Congress. (Government Executive)
  • Congress passed a bill that would speed up the process of historical White House records, limiting the amount of time the office could delay those decisions. (POLITICO)


  • A thought exercise in requiring Civil Society to meet a certain level of openness to participate in activities surrounding the Open Government Partnership. (Open Government Partnership)
  • Malta is debating a new party financing law and some elected officials are questioning if it will only help the two major parties. (Malta Today)

State and Local News

  • The executive director of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government spoke recently about the need to follow up when initial records requests are denied. (Johnson City Press)
  • SEPTA, a Philadelphia area transit organization, is fighting crime in its system using data mapping. ( Philly)
  • Code for America is out with a new set of principles for 21st century government, informed by efforts in the UK and at the Federal level, as well as lessons learned from their Summit earlier this year. (Code For America)


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