HAMP helps few homeowners, but program continues

The current tumult in the nation’s economy—high unemployment, large federal deficits, a downgrade in the U.S. credit rating and the resultant gyrations of stock prices—stem from the collapse of  the housing bubble in 2007 and 2008 and subsequent meltdown of financial  markets. While government programs enacted as part of the Emergency  Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 propped up banks, brokerages and  other firms—including auto manufacturers General Motors and Chrysler—the  principal program to help homeowners has not fared nearly as well.

HAMP helps few homeowners, but program continues

The current tumult in the nation’s economy—high unemployment, large federal deficits, a downgrade in the U.S. credit rating and the resultant gyrations of stock prices—stem from the collapse of the housing bubble in 2007 and 2008 and subsequent meltdown of financial markets. While government programs enacted as part of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 propped up banks, brokerages and other firms—including auto manufacturers General Motors and Chrysler—the principal program to help homeowners has not fared nearly as well.

Posted 2 years ago
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Amid Protest Over Closed Philadelphia Redistricting Process, Tech Firm Decides to Start Its Own

A Philadelphia software company hopes to use technology to pry open a  crack in the historically closed-door process of dividing up the city  into City Council districts.
Cities and states nationwide are in the final throes of  redistricting, the decennial aftermath of the U.S. Census in which the  country’s political boundaries are redrawn based on shifts of population  and, in many cases, the shifting political winds.

Amid Protest Over Closed Philadelphia Redistricting Process, Tech Firm Decides to Start Its Own

A Philadelphia software company hopes to use technology to pry open a crack in the historically closed-door process of dividing up the city into City Council districts.

Cities and states nationwide are in the final throes of redistricting, the decennial aftermath of the U.S. Census in which the country’s political boundaries are redrawn based on shifts of population and, in many cases, the shifting political winds.

Posted 2 years ago
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IBM Many Bills

A visual bill explorer

IBM Many Bills

A visual bill explorer

Posted 2 years ago
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Clear Congress Project: Visualizing Real-Time Legislative Data

The Clear Congress Project by Thomas Gibes is a real-time visualization  of US Congress data made available through the Sunlight Labs’ Real Time Congress API,  Google News, Twitter, and other data sources. The aim of the project is  to serve as a possible model for facilitating governmental transparency  beyond simple data access by proposing a new format for polical news  distribution.

Clear Congress Project: Visualizing Real-Time Legislative Data

The Clear Congress Project by Thomas Gibes is a real-time visualization of US Congress data made available through the Sunlight Labs’ Real Time Congress API, Google News, Twitter, and other data sources. The aim of the project is to serve as a possible model for facilitating governmental transparency beyond simple data access by proposing a new format for polical news distribution.

Posted 2 years ago
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Lobbyists’ Honorary Gifts to Federal Officials

Companies and organizations can donate an unlimited amount of money to  honor officials, sponsor their conferences, and donate to their pet  charities, so long as these donations are reported to the Senate. The  Sunlight Foundation analyzed these filings from 2009 and 2010 and found  about $50 million in honorary gifts and meeting costs. These donations  can all be viewed in the interactive display below by company making the  donation or by official being honored.

Lobbyists’ Honorary Gifts to Federal Officials

Companies and organizations can donate an unlimited amount of money to honor officials, sponsor their conferences, and donate to their pet charities, so long as these donations are reported to the Senate. The Sunlight Foundation analyzed these filings from 2009 and 2010 and found about $50 million in honorary gifts and meeting costs. These donations can all be viewed in the interactive display below by company making the donation or by official being honored.

Posted 2 years ago
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Google Transparency Report - United Kingdom

Transparency is a core value at Google. As a company we feel it is  our responsibility to ensure that we maximize transparency around the  flow of information related to our tools and services. We believe that  more information means more choice, more freedom and ultimately more  power for the individual.

Google Transparency Report - United Kingdom

Transparency is a core value at Google. As a company we feel it is our responsibility to ensure that we maximize transparency around the flow of information related to our tools and services. We believe that more information means more choice, more freedom and ultimately more power for the individual.

Posted 2 years ago
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nationaljournal:
A breakdown of the demographics of top congressional staffers, many of whom toil behind the scenes in relative anonymity. [CLICK FOR LARGER]

nationaljournal:

A breakdown of the demographics of top congressional staffers, many of whom toil behind the scenes in relative anonymity. [CLICK FOR LARGER]
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grantcuster:

The New York City Tax Receipt I did web design for is now live!  Worked with Alec out of Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer’s Office.  We took a lot of inspiration from the wonderful White House Federal Taxpayer Receipt.  It was a lot of fun to think about how to make all the information approachable (and for a cause I believe in!).  Hopefully I’ll post some thoughts on the process in the next few days.

grantcuster:

The New York City Tax Receipt I did web design for is now live!  Worked with Alec out of Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer’s Office.  We took a lot of inspiration from the wonderful White House Federal Taxpayer Receipt.  It was a lot of fun to think about how to make all the information approachable (and for a cause I believe in!).  Hopefully I’ll post some thoughts on the process in the next few days.

Reblogged 2 years ago from grantcuster
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Allen Stanford’s relationship with Congress 

If the government’s assertions are true, Allen  Stanford presided over a  Ponzi scheme  second only to Bernard Madoff’s in U.S. history. Stanford  also sought to cultivate  influence in Washington. Most of his campaign  contributions occurred in two  periods when his interests in  legislation peaked: 2001-2002 and  2005-2008.

Allen Stanford’s relationship with Congress

If the government’s assertions are true, Allen Stanford presided over a Ponzi scheme second only to Bernard Madoff’s in U.S. history. Stanford also sought to cultivate influence in Washington. Most of his campaign contributions occurred in two periods when his interests in legislation peaked: 2001-2002 and 2005-2008.

Posted 2 years ago
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eigenstil:

A GOOD.is Transparency

eigenstil:

A GOOD.is Transparency

Reblogged 3 years ago from eigenstil
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Tools for the Citizen Scientist

As part of the NASA Open Government plan released on April 7, 2010, NASA announced more than 150 milestone related to integrating Open Government into the agencies programs and projects.

Tools for the Citizen Scientist

As part of the NASA Open Government plan released on April 7, 2010, NASA announced more than 150 milestone related to integrating Open Government into the agencies programs and projects.

Posted 3 years ago
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