2Day in #OpenGov 6/6/2011


Here is Monday’s look at the week’s transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.

News Roundup:

Revolving Door

  • Former Rep. David Obey is heading to K St. to join Gephardt Government Affairs. (Roll Call $)

Campaign Finance

  • Several House Democrats sent a letter to the President supporting the draft executive order that would require contractors to disclose their political spending. (Federal Times)
  • A federal judge may reconsider his May 27 ruling that the ban on corporations donating money to political candidates is unconstitutional. (The Hill)

Government Reporting

  • Contracting officials in one Department of Defense office failed to keep records on pricing negotiations or other procurement information, despite government efforts to gather better pricing information on defense contracts. (Federal Computer Week)
  • An Interior Department official gives advice on how to improve agency accountability reporting. (Federal News Radio)

Access to Information

  • Government responses to FOIA requests vary widely depending on the agency. Some comply in a timely fashion while others delay or refuse to release the data. (The Hill)
  • In a step towards changing national security secrecy policy, President Obama ordered the declassification of a short paragraph regarding the Soviet space program that appeared in the President’s Daily Brief dated November 26, 1968. (Secrecy News)

State and Local

  • An Oregon lobbyist association helped fund the state legislature’s efforts to provide live video streaming of hearings and sessions to mobile devices. (Government Technology)


  • John Dean will teach an ethics course based on the lessons he learned from Watergate in Chicago this weekend for the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Subsequent classes are planned for Ohio, New York, Washington and California. (New York Times)
  • Google Correlate is a new tool in Google Labs that allows users to upload state- or time-based data to investigate which search trends correlate with that information. (O’Reilly Radar)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 6/6-6/10:

  • None.

Relevant bills introduced:

  • H.R. 2136. A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to clarify and expand Federal criminal jurisdiction over Federal contractors and employees outside the United States, and for other purposes; to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Transparency events scheduled for 6/6-6/10: