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Frequent White House visitors in 2013

by Earl Glynn | WatchdogLabs Contributor

On Friday the White House released the final set of visitor data for 2013 since data are normally released about 90 days after events occur.

The data show about 58,000 visits to the President, First Lady, or Vice President in 2013, with about 218,000 visits to White House staff.

Tourist visits to the White House were stopped for more than half of 2013, but almost 160,000 tourists were recorded.  In 2010, 2011 and 2012 the White House reported over 600,000 tourist visits each year.  Only about 180,000 visits were reported in 2009 when visit data for only 3.5 months was released. More…

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Inventory of USAspending.gov Data

by Earl Glynn | WatchdogLabs Contributor

This is the first in a series of analyses of the USAspending.gov data.

The purpose of this article is to give a “big picture” overview of the USASpending.gov data archives by looking at the number of spending records of various types by fiscal year.

USAspending.gov is a government repository for the massive spending data by the federal government. More…

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Announcement of updated White House visitor data, but no new data released?

by Earl Glynn | WatchdogLabs Contributor

[UPDATE March 24] A Socrata support staff member confirmed on Monday that the White House visitor “dataset was not updated as planned in February.” 

I confirmed late Monday that the February update was now online.  After 14 downloads during March I now have one with new data — and the next update should happen on Friday around 3 PM ET.

Late on the last Friday afternoon of every month the White House announces the release of updated visitor records.

That is exactly what happened on Feb. 28, except with one difference. There was an announcement of new data, but the new data is nowhere to be found. More…

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Fewer visitors to White House staff?

by Earl Glynn | WatchdogLabs Contributor

On Jan. 31 the White House released visitor data that showed the number of reported visitors to White House staff members in Oct. 2013 was less than half the average number from Oct. in 2009 through 2012.

According to the official visitor records, slightly more than 10,000 people visited White House staff in Oct. 2013, when the average October count had been about 21,000 for the four previous years.  More…

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Fewer “Holiday” visits at the White House in December? Not Exactly.

by Earl F Glynn | WatchdogLabs Contributor

The White House closed tours for seven months this year, but restarted them in November just in time for the December surge of holiday visitors.

But the word “holiday” is disappearing from December White House meeting descriptions even though records show December is the peak month for White House visitors every year.

The word “holiday” appeared fewer times in December White House visitor records in 2011 and 2012 than earlier years, but you will need to look very hard to find the word “Christmas” in any White House visit description. More…

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State Campaign Finance: Top 100 recipients in each state in NIMSP database

by Earl F Glynn | Franklin Center

State “top 100″ recipient lists were extracted from the 29 million records of NIMSP state campaign finance information

This article focuses on the Top 100 Recipients of State Campaign Finance in each of the 50 states.

A companion article shows the Top 100 Contributors. Both articles use state campaign finance information from the National Institute on Money in State Politics. More…

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State Campaign Finance: Top 100 contributors from each state in NIMSP database

by Earl F Glynn | Franklin Center

State “top 100″ contributor lists were extracted from the 29 million records of NIMSP state campaign finance information

This article focuses on the Top 100 Contributors to State Campaign Finance from each of the 50 states. 

A companion article shows the Top 100 Recipients.  Both articles use state campaign finance information from the National Institute on Money in State Politics. More…

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Inventory of NIMSP state campaign finance disclosure data

by Earl F Glynn | Franklin Center

NIMSP provides 29 million records of state campaign finance information.

Two recent Watchdoglabs articles show how to install MySQL software and load the 29 million state campaign finance records from the National Institute on Money in State Politics into a MySQL database. 

This article shows three examples of using Microsoft Access to manipulate the NIMSP database, including creation of an inventory of NIMSP data by state and year. More…

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Interior, Commerce, FTC, GSA “leaders” in closing websites during government shutdown

by Earl F Glynn | Franklin Center

Time stopped with the government shutdown. NIST, which is part of the Department of Commerce, closed the fully-automated time.gov website that provides “the official US time” to the public. Click on graphic to visit time.gov and see the “NIST Closed” messge.

As part of the government shutdown, federal agencies blocked public access to almost 13% of nearly 1,300 federal “.gov” websites.

Eight government agencies blocked access to a total of almost 150 .gov sites: More…

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Some federal agencies block access to websites during government closure

by Earl F Glynn | Franklin Center

DoNotCall.gov blocked during government shutdown

[Updated Oct. 7] One resource normally available at data.gov is a list of federal government websites, but data.gov was closed during the government shutdown. More…