Today in OpenGov: Transparency in the transition, Trump and super PACs and…


TRANSITIONS: The transparency, accountability and accessibility a presidential candidate  and his or her transition team demonstrates before, during and after the election is an indicator for how his or her White House will embrace open government. The Sunlight Foundation calls on the campaigns to embrace five principles in the presidential transition: transparency, engagement, posterity, disclosure and accountability. [READ MORE]

In January 2009, President of the United States of America, George W. Bush invited then President-Elect Barack Obama and former Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter for a Meeting and Lunch at The White House. Photo taken in the Oval Office at The White House.
In January 2009, President of the United States of America, George W. Bush invited then President-Elect Barack Obama and former Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter for a Meeting and Lunch at The White House. CREDIT: Photo by Eric Draper.


  • AP: “The State Department says about 30 emails that may be related to the 2012 attack on U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya, are among the thousands of Hillary Clinton emails recovered during the FBI’s recently closed investigation into her use of a private server.Government lawyers told U.S. District Court Judge Amit P. Mehta Tuesday that an undetermined number of the emails among the 30 were not included in the 55,000 pages previously provided by Clinton. The State Department’s lawyer said it would need until the end of September to review the emails and redact potentially classified information before they are released.” [TIME]
  • Governor Chris Christie is selling access to the Trump presidential transition. [Politico]
  • The New York Times editorial board called for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton — and former president Bill Clinton — to cut ties to the Clinton Foundation, should she be elected to the White House: “The Clinton Foundation has become a symbol of the Clintons’ laudable ambitions, but also of their tangled alliances and operational opacity. If Mrs. Clinton wins, it could prove a target for her political adversaries. Achieving true distance from the foundation is not only necessary to ensure its effectiveness, it is an ethical imperative for Mrs. Clinton.” [NYT]
  • National Journal columnist Ron Fourner talked with Jake Tapper about transparency and the presidential campaign. Video embedded below.

  • Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump once denounced super political action committee as a scam. Now, several of them are supporting him. [READ MORE]
  • Matt Ygelsias considered how differently former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s foundation was viewed by the press and public is a sharp but flawed analysis. He’s overly dismissive of the impact of the appearance of corruption that persists between Clinton Foundation donors and Secretary. Donations to family foundations, presidential libraries & transitions are all vectors for special access to powerful politicians by wealthy. [Vox]


  • The Justice Department gave the U.S. Supreme Court incorrect data in a 2003 immigration case that understated the amount of time some immigrants spent in detention without bail. [WSJ]
  • According to a notice in the Federal Register, 18F is a month away from testing an open beta at that would give the public a single account to use across federal government services. [FCW]
  • Google and Amazon are competing to host a massive trading database for FINRA in their clouds. [Bloomberg]
  • The EPA is offering up to $10,000 for each community that develops best practices for the use of air sensor data in a new “Smart City Air Challenge.” Notice and consent for residents on sensor capabilities and proposed policy for data collection and use would be a good start. [EPA]
  • White House officials and open government advocates (ahem) are working to make sure open data gains endure through the next administration. [Fedscoop]

State and local

  • Pennsylvania launched an open data portal! [Lancaster Online]
  • An intrusion by hackers into the Illinois database “marks the first successful compromise of a state election database.” [Washington Post]


  • The Body of European Regulators of Electronic Communication, the European Union’s top telecommunication authority, published final guidelines on net neutrality that creates a framework for Open Internet protections in each of its members states.“Today is a victory for net neutrality in Europe, said Joshua Stager, policy counsel for New America’s Open Technology Institute, in a statement. “BEREC was under intense pressure from ISPs to enact weak, loophole-ridden rules, but today’s guidance shows that BEREC resisted that pressure. We are especially pleased that the guidelines include strong protections for interconnection, the traffic-exchange points that are vulnerable to ISP manipulation. The guidelines also establish a good starting point to evaluate zero rating schemes.”
  • There’s no “app for that” when it comes to trust in government, but the issues surrounding trust and technology are important to think through. “New technologies, from sharing-economy apps to the blockchain, offer routes around some of the trust deficits that stand in the way of growth. Yet whether such solutions to problems of mistrust build on or undermine social ties is no easy question to answer.” [The Economist]
  • UK Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn published a “Digital Democracy Manifesto.” Of note: a proposal to pay members of the public for contributions to public sector open source code. [JeremyCorbyn]


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