2Day in #OpenGov 6/9/2011


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

News Roundup:


  • Numerous meeting were held between for-profit school lobbyists and OMB officials in the days before new regulations were announced. (The Hill)
  • The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association is hosting a fundraiser for Rep. Barney Frank. (Washington Examiner)
  • Bloomberg has released a video news program about the wealthy and influential Koch brothers. (iWatch News)

Revolving Door

  • Opinion: Think Progress’ Lee Fang wonders whether former Sen. Evan Bayh’s decisions while in office were impacted by his plans to move to the private sector. (Think Progress)

Access to Information

  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand plans to co-sponsor the Public Online Information Act (POIA). (Press Release)
  • There is a lack of in-depth local journalism required to hold government accountable, according to the FCC. (Washington Post)


  • The proposed plans for removing duplication in government are set to be presented to the president this month. (Government Executive)
  • A new GAO report suggests that funding for Department of Defense intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance should be subject to the same degree of oversight as other DoD spending. (Executive Gov)
  • Federal CIO Vivek Kundra’s office launched an interactive map listing the 137 data centers that have been closed or that are scheduled to be closed by the end of the year. (Next Gov)


  • Federal agencies should record public comments from proposed regulations in electronic rather than paper format, according to an advisory panel. (Next Gov)
  • Deep budget cuts are planned for Navy and Marine Corps IT. (Federal News Radio)


  • Iceland is using the internet to solicit citizen input as the country drafts a new constitution. (Yahoo News)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 6/9:

  • None.

Relevant bills introduced:

  • None.

Transparency events scheduled for 6/9: