Why Employees Are The Missing Link for Successful Open Government

From Gartner:

Open government initiatives are either aimed at providing greater transparency, usually as a reaction to an accusation or perception of excessive secrecy, or at engaging citizens in specific problem solution as well as service delivery. It is probably fair to say that the US federal initiatives are closer to the former, while UK initiatives are closer to the latter.


State governments begin focusing on website analytics

From GovLoop.com:

State governments are beginning to focus on website analytics, something we here at GovLoop are very familiar with. They are taking advantage of Google Analytics, a free tool which assesses hits and traffic, to determine how people are utilizing their websites. States like California are even publishing these statistics right on their homepages for people to view.


Oakland City Council Votes for Open Data Policy

From Code For America:

On Monday April 30, 2012, Oakland City Council reviewed an open data policy initiative put forth by city councilmember of the 4th District and Oakland native, Libby Schaff.

The open data policy agenda report composed by policy analyst Bruce Stoffmacher, proposes to make raw data sets accessible to the public on a new city data portal.


Missouri to comply with open records request for Edward Jones Dome upgrade

From KSDK.com:

Attorney General Chris Koster says he will give documents regarding proposals made on upgrading the Edward Jones Dome to requesting parties.

Koster says he sent a letter Monday notifying representatives of the St. Louis Rams and the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Bureau that the state will comply with the open records request.


Private flights cost foundation $80K

From TheIndependent.com:

The University of Nebraska Foundation spent more than $80,000 last year on 21 flights aboard its private aircraft, opting to use the twin-turboprop Beechcraft King Air instead of taking often less expensive commercial flights, according to flight records obtained by The Associated Press.


FOIA’ed Emails Point To ‘Cozy’ O’Malley-Perdue Lawyer Ties

From WBAL.com:

An environmental group says emails they obtained through the Freedom of Information Act show a close relationship between Maryland Gov. O'Malley and an attorney for Perdue Farms Inc.

The group, Washington-based Food & Water Watch, obtained 70 pages of emails between O'Malley and Herbert Frerichs Jr., general counsel for Perdue Business Services.


Oswego School Board files complaint against self under Open Meeting Act

From Chicago Tribune:

The Oswego School Board has filed an Illinois Open Meetings Act complaint against itself.

Kendall County State's Attorney Eric Weiss says a representative from the board filed a request for review of a possible violation of the act late last week.