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June 23rd, 2017

Wichita Business Journal: Seth Etter of The OpenGov Foundation Makes the 2017 “40 Under 40″

Seth is among 40 young professionals honored this year as part of the Wichita Business Journal’s 2017 40 Under 40 class.


June 13th, 2017

Government Technology: Cities Turn to Public Input to Shape Open Data Policy

“To solicit input from the public on their respective open data policies, which are not yet finalized, both Glendale and Nashville are using a platform called Madison, designed by the OpenGov Foundation specifically to host public comments on drafts of policies and legislation. In Durham, officials are working to improve and build upon an open data policy that is already in place, also by using Madison.”


June 13th, 2017

We’re Hiring. Ask Us Anything!

The OpenGov Foundation team is growing!  We are seeking a talented, creative and kind team-builder to help lead The OGF as Deputy Executive Director & Chief of Staff.   All candidates deserve clear answers, maximum openness and as inclusive a hiring process as possible.  That is very important to us.  As you engage with us … Continue reading We’re Hiring. Ask Us Anything!


June 8th, 2017

Federal News Radio: Congress Inches to Modern Tech

“The technology with which Congress does its own business could stand some attention, according to Seamus Kraft, executive director of the Opengov Foundation. One example: A modern legislative processing system capable of producing documents that show only the changes in bills that update earlier laws.”


June 5th, 2017

Federal News Radio: Modernizing Congress-Congress limps along with a technological handicap

“Lost in the partisan fighting on Capitol Hill, lost in the efforts to solve some of our nation’s greatest challenges is how important [Congress] is,” said Seamus Kraft, co-founder and Executive Director of The Opengov Foundation. “Technology has become the critical infrastructure of our daily lives, of our social lives, and our educational lives — but it hasn’t come to government yet. It’s not anybody’s fault.  This has been a problem that’s been growing for two decades.”


June 4th, 2017

Governing Gets Easier with Madison 4.0

The right to petition government is at the heart of our representative democracy. Every citizen has the fundamental right to access government information, meaningfully engage with their elected officials, and be heard on the decisions that impact their lives, families and businesses. But everyone knows civic engagement today is often anything but easy or meaningful. … Continue reading Governing Gets Easier with Madison 4.0


May 31st, 2017

Lincoln Network: Reboot Congress 2017 Recap

There is a bipartisan movement to create a modern, digital-first and effective United States Congress coming together. At Reboot Congress 2017, Congressional leaders and better government advocates like us and our friends at Lincoln Network joined together to discuss and game-plan how to best upgrade America’s First Branch of government. Learn more in this excellent recap from Lincoln’s Garrett Johnson.


May 30th, 2017

Federal News Radio: Understanding Congress’ Growing IT Crisis

Congress is in the middle of a slow-motion HealthCare.gov-style crisis. It’s critical infrastructure–software, IT systems, digital services and staffing–is crumbling, making it hard to engage with your Member of Congress, hard for staff to listen and respond to you, and hard for Congress to function like it needs to.

Seamus Kraft, The OpenGov Foundation Executive Director, sat down with Federal News Radio to discuss Congress’ growing IT challenges, their impact on Members, staff and citizens, and what is being done to build the world-class Congress America needs.


May 26th, 2017

New Twilio.org Impact Fund Supporting The OpenGov Foundation

“The OpenGov Foundation makes it easier for citizens to see, shape and understand their government while helping elected officials meaningfully engage at scale with their constituents, delivering digital democracy with open-source tools that will now include Twilio-powered phone calls with Congress.”


April 27th, 2017

Syracuse (NY) Post-Standard Editorial: ‘Open data’ a good move for Syracuse government transparency

“Here’s some good news on government transparency. The city of Syracuse is developing an “open data” policy [powered by Madison and citizen engagement] that would require city agencies to routinely post statistics and other information on the internet for all to see and to use…We welcome the change.” – Syracuse (NY) Post-Standard Editorial Board


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