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A Platform for Open Bill Markup Is Now Open Source

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, September 12 2012

When House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa announced that he was rolling out a platform for collaborative bill markup, called MADISON, in conjunction with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), his staff assured techPresident that it would be released as open source — sometime.

That time has come. Yesterday, the Open Gov Foundation, an outgrowth of Issa and Wyden's partnership that was announced at Personal Democracy Forum earlier this year, posted the code for MADISON to GitHub.Read More

Timeline Update: January 17, 1994--Carl Malamud Launches Free Online Access to SEC EDGAR Records

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, August 17 2012

Soon after launching the Politics and the Internet timeline, we saw a tweet from long-time tech publisher and visionary Tim O'Reilly, retweeting a plug from Rep. Darrell Issa, but adding "Alas, omits @carlmalamud's work RT @DarrellIssa: An interactive history of the Internet & politics..." I immediately responded that it was an unintentional oversight, as Malamud is truly the modern open data movement's founding father. Here's the update to the timeline, which was just added. Read More

Tools You Use: Seamus Kraft on WordPress in Congress

BY Personal Democracy Plus | Monday, July 9 2012

The House Oversight Committee launched its new website on WordPress with this video.

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers, techPresident is asking some of the folks out there on the leading edge of digital politics and government to point out just one tool or service that has become a mainstay, a must-use or just incredibly helpful in their work. There's one rule: It can't be something the person has built or the person's company is selling. We're asking folks to pay some karma forward here and highlight an innovation coming from elsewhere that makes their work easier. Seamus Kraft is digital director for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. In March, the Oversight Committee relaunched its website with the popular open-source content management system WordPress. Read More

Reps. Delete Tweets Celebrating Overturning of Affordable Care Act

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, June 28 2012

It wasn't just CNN that jumped the gun Thursday morning by publishing the wrong headline. A number of members of Congress, in the rush to break the news on Twitter prematurely, sent out messages celebrating the overturning of the Affordable Care Act. They've since deleted the tweets, but the Sunlight Foundation's* Politwoops web site, which tracks members of Congress' deleted tweets, has retained the posts for posterity. Read More

Issa Launches The Open Gov Foundation

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, June 11 2012

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Andrew Rasiej. Photo: Esty Stein / PDM

California Congressman Darrell Issa, a prominent advocate for Internet users, open government, and transparency issues unveiled a new initiative Monday called the Open Gov Foundation. The Foundation builds on much of the ... Read More

"The Internet's New Political Power:" PDF 2012

BY Nick Judd | Monday, June 11 2012

Team techPresident is at New York University's Skirball Center today for Personal Democracy Forum 2012, where Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Darrell Issa just called for the creation of an "Internet Bill of Rights." (More on that in a few.)

PDF this year is closely focused on the new political activity coming from people and companies who rely on the Internet, and the consequences of more political activism by what you might call the Internet public.

We'll be posting from the floor throughout the day, and keeping an eye on the outside world to point you towards other stories of interest around the web as they happen.

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Riding Disgust Over GSA Scandal, Bill That Would Bolster Tracking of Federal Spending Heads Towards House Floor

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, April 19 2012

Proposed legislation would alter how federal agencies report spending. Photo: Shutterstock

House Republicans are wasting no time in riding the momentum provided by the recent General Services Administration spending scandal to push for legislation designed to bring more transparency to the way government agencies spend money. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform made H.R. 2146, the Digital Accountability & Transparency Act (DATA) available for public comment on its Madison platform online Wednesday in anticipation of a floor vote next week. Committee Chairman Darrell Issa's spokesman Ali Ahmad says that the chairman, who is the chief sponsor of the legislation, would take into account any comments left on Madison. A new coalition of private companies, chaired by Issa's former Oversight Committee counsel, Hudson Hollister, also launched this week to promote legislation related to technology and transparency. Read More

Facebook Timeline: What Top Politicians and Activists Are Doing to Prepare

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, March 29 2012

Health Care for America Now is one of many organizations that's already switched to Facebook Timeline.

Ahead of Facebook's plan to switch all Facebook pages to the new Timeline layout March 30, many government figures and advocacy groups have already made the change. For Personal Democracy Plus subscribers, here's a look at what some politicians and activist groups are doing to make the most of this new tool. Read More

House Oversight Committee Launches New Website

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, March 15 2012

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has released a revamped website that aims to make the committee more accessible to tax payers and voters. The committee is chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who has been an outspoken opponent of SOPA and PIPA in Congress. Read More

Issa's Brain: What the Congressman Said During a Reddit Q&A

BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, March 7 2012

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has been answering questions on Reddit today, particularly in his capacity as a member of the House Judiciary Committee where he has been outspoken against SOPA, PIPA and ACTA. In his introduction to the community, he called himself an "Internet defender and techie." Which led nearly immediately to questions about his support of the Research Works Act. Here's a look at what Issa said during his visit to Reddit. Read More