Today in OpenGov: Catch Up If You Can
Editor's Note: Your editor was out sick on Friday so, with a ton of worthwhile news to share from the unintended long weekend, we're taking a slightly different approach to today's roundup. We hope you enjoy (if you don't, consider sending us some constructive feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org)!
In today's edition, Congress reforms the way they handle harassment, we look at a week's worth of Trump administration conflicts, a bomb explodes outside of a Greek TV station, New Jersey Democrats pull back on a controversial redistricting plan, and much more.
But first, please take a moment to read this update from our Executive Director John Wonderlich on Sunlight's organizational review process.
- The House and Senate passed legislation to reform how Congress handles sexual harassment. (POLITICO)
- Representatives introduced bipartisan legislation to increase disclosure and accountability of political spending. (Issue One)
- The Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee faced backlash after buying Raytheon stock while pushing for increased military spending. (New York Times)
- A report, prepared for the Senate, is first to analyze millions of social media posts in relation to Russian election interference. (Washington Post)
- This freshman representative hasn't taken office yet, but he's already mired in campaign finance controversy. (NPR)
- After controversy over lobbyists at Harvard event, lawmakers push for review of events for incoming members of Congress. (Washington Post)
- The FEC voted to allow lawmakers to spend leftover campaign funds on cybersecurity for their Congressional offices. (Federal Computer Week)
- Former presidential candidate Jill Stein owes the FEC $53,000 for consistently submitting campaign finance reports late. Why hasn't she paid? (Center for Public Integrity)
- The GAO's latest review of USASpending.gov highlights need for improved search, data quality disclosures. (NextGov) You can read the GAO's whole report here.
- Is the federal government's website for bioterrorism response leaking sensitive data? (Defense One)
- The FBI is refusing to answer FOIA requests about how it answers FOIA requests. (MuckRock) Meanwhile, they are also looking for a contractor to help them burn 53 tons of classified documents. (Quartz)
- Maria Butina plead guilty to acting as a Russian agent, working to influence U.S. policy during 2016 election. (POLITICO)
- Ryan Zinke will be out as head of the Interior Department by the end of the year amid various ethics investigations. (BuzzFeed) His likely replacement, at least temporarily, is a former oil lobbyist. (New York Times)
- Reports indicate that President Trump was the third person present during a hush money discussion between Michael Cohen and the National Inquirer. (NBC News)
- President Trump's super PAC and inaugural fund are reportedly being scrutinized for potentially accepting foreign donations. (New York Times)
- When Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner went on vacation last year it cost taxpayers nearly $60,000. (Quartz)
- The White House is hoping to stand up a government modernization research center in 2019. (NextGov)
- The latest Trump conflicts include Michael Cohen, Rudy Giuliani, and Jared Kushner. (Sunlight Foundation)
states and cities
- Learn more about Sunlight's modular approach to Tactical Data Engagement. (Sunlight Foundation)
- California is embarking on an ambitious project to embrace open source technology. (Government Technology)
- Outgoing Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) signed legislation that would limit his successor's powers. Multiple groups immediately moved to challenge the law in court. (POLITICO)
- After facing widespread backlash, New Jersey Democrats backed down on a proposal to enshrine partisan gerrymandering in the state constitution. (NJ.com)
- The former president of an upstate New York university was sentenced to more than 3 years in jail for a corruption scheme. (The Buffalo News)
around the world
- The World Bank is adding energy data to its open data catalog. (World Bank Data Blog)
- Following telephoned warning, a bomb exploded outside a Greek TV station overnight. No injuries were reported. (POLITICO)
- Despite protests, Romania's ruling party is considering giving amnesty and pardons to corrupt officials. (Bloomberg)
- London police are conducting the latest in a series of facial recognition trials this week. (Ars Technica)
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