Alexander B. Howard replied to the topic How will the 2010 elections have an impact on open government initiatives? in the forum Government 2.0 Club 8 years, 12 months ago
Two angles to consider on this:
State elections: Cuomo and Chafee have embraced open government in their platforms. For more on the former, read NY Senate CIO Andrew Hoppin’s blog. It’s unclear how much running on open government will resonate with an angry, mistrustful electorate that cares about classic wallet issues (jobs, healthcare, energy) but it will be interesting to watch.
Congressional elections: If the Republicans do take over the House, expect the oversight committee to be active under Rep. Issa. The transparency agenda there is significant; if that comes to fruition, that aspect of OGI wil be ramped up, along with closer examination of open government efforts at the agencies or the work of OMB’s IT team. That scrutiny could be a good thing, with respect to accountability, but could also scuttle initiatives that are developing slowly or make missteps.
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