Today in OpenGov: Playing catch-up.


In today's edition, we share quick links to a week's worth of OpenGov news including the latest from Sunlight's blog, the House's moves on ethics reform, an updated count of President Trump's false statements, open government data in Africa, Boston's new chief data officer, and a whole lot more. 

Sunlight HQ

It was a busy week on the Sunlight Foundation blog: 

washington watch

The House of Representatives chamber. The United States House of Representatives chamber. 
  • The House of Representatives will vote today on Democrat's sweeping political reform package…(Roll Call)…but don't expect any movement in the Senate, as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already made it clear he won't allow a vote on the proposal. (POLITICO)
  • Former Rep. Aaron Schock struck a deal with federal prosecutors that will result in felony corruption charges against him being dropped. (BuzzFeed)
  • Two Representatives are pushing for ethical standards in AI via a new resolution. (Executive Gov)
  • Researchers share their take on the OPEN Government Data Act. (Government Executive)
  • The Justice Department is preparing to step up its enforcement of foreign influence laws. (New York Times)
  • Rich politicians get a big fundraising advantage thanks to this loophole. (Sludge)
  • Big tech is sparking a K street lobbying blitz as the privacy debate heats up. (The Hill)
  • Earmarks won't be coming back to Washington this year. (Roll Call)
  • The Supreme Court isn't considering televising its hearings, but might be taking a look at instituting an ethics code. (Washington Post)


  • How one of President Trump's Mar-a-Lago pals passed a policy pitch to the VA via the "king." (ProPublica)
  • The Office of Government Ethics hasn't approved Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's annual financial disclosure. (Center for Public Integrity)
  • A second judge moved to block the Census citizenship question. (Bloomberg)
  • House Democrats launched a slew of investigations into the Trump administration. Keep track of them all via the New York Times.
  • President Trump rolled back drone strike disclosure requirements. (POLITICO)
  • The House will vote on a resolution calling for publication of Robert Mueller's final report. (Roll Call)
  • T-Mobile admitted that it spent nearly $200,000 at President Trump's D.C. hotel after announcing its merger with Sprint. (Washington Post)
  • President Trump has made 9,014 false or misleading claims in just 773 days. (Washington Post)

states and cities

A police officer wearing a body cameraImage via Pixabay.
  • the NYPD has finished equipping its patrol officers with body cameras. (Bloomberg)
  • Boston has a new chief data officer. (Government Technology)
  • Idaho may make pretrial risk assessment algorithms transparent. (MuckRock)
  • This Florida town wants to boost transparency with video conferencing. (Governing)
  • Kentucky lawmakers are considering legislation that would severely curtail the state's open records laws. (Courier Journal)

around the world

Screenshot of the Africa Open Data Index InterfaceScreenshot of the Africa Open Data Index Interface via Open Knowledge.
  • Examining the state of open government data in Africa. (Open Knowledge)
  • Two Romanian anti-corruption parties are being kept off European election ballots. (POLITICO)
  • In a bid to end sanctions, Zimbabwe hired a lobbyist with Trump ties. (Bloomberg)
  • Student activists in Hong Kong are punished for pushing back against administrative interference with bulletin board. (Bloomberg)


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