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.
- Members of the bipartisan Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission leaked confidential information to partisan allies at think tanks and lobbying firms. (Huffington Post via POGO)
- Former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray will be nominated by President Obama to become the first Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. (Politico)(Huffington Post)
- GovTech speculated on the agenda of the next CIO, following Vivek Kundra’s departure from the position. (GovTech)
- An N.S.A. whistleblower will not face jail time for releasing information about the agency’s Trailblazer program. (The New York Times)
- Lobbyists are not always required to disclose donations made in the form of honorary contributions to lawmakers’ favorite charities. (Huffington Post)
- Key staffers on the House Ethics committee may have compromised the extensive investigations of Democratic Reps. Maxine Waters and Charles Rangel by engaging in inappropriate ex parte communications. (Politico)
- Only a few U.S. senators have filed their second quarter fund-raising numbers electronically. (OpenSecrets)
- Nearly half of Obama’s campaign cash has come from bundlers, or well-connected individuals who raise money through their networks of wealthy friends. (The Washington Times)
- After the Obama campaign released its list of fundraising bundlers, we ran the list through our influence tracking tools and published the results online. (Sunlight Blog)
- Rep. Jeff Landry (R-LA) released a statement on Friday afternoon saying he would not release his second quarter fund-raising numbers before the midnight deadline. (National Journal)
Access to Information
- Government transparency adviser Tim Kelsey said that releasing open data will generate “vast markets.” (Information Age)
- Opinion: Releasing troves of data is not equivalent to transparency, especially when individuals do not know how to utilize that data. (Wired)
State and Local
- The Koch brothers have spread their message of no unions, low taxes, and minimal government regulation to more states, beyond their well-publicized involvement with movements in Wisconsin and Ohio. (Bloomberg)
- A Tennessee legislator worked with a lobbyist on legislation but says he was unaware that the legislation was identical to a model drafted by ALEC. (Knoxnews)
- A Texas county defended its hiring of a legislative lobbyist to work on environmental review process issues. (Statesman)
- The Prime Minister of India has placed a live webcam in his office as an anti-corruption tool. (New York Times).
- Opinion: Russian transparency lags behind the rest of the EU. (Epsiplatform)
Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 7/18-7/22:
- Pending Business. House Judiciary Committee. Full committee markup of H.R. 704, H.R. 1550, H.R. 2076, H.R. 963, H.R. 1059, and H.R. 1981. Wednesday. 10:15 am. 2141 RHOB. (Markups will continue on Thursday.)
- Consumer Financial Protection. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. Full committee hearing. Tuesday. 10:00 am. 538 DSOB.
- Federal Regulation (Part II). Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Full committee hearing. Wednesday. 10:00 am. 342 DSOB.
- Wall Street Reform Act Review. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. Full committee hearing. Thursday. 10:00 am. 538 DSOB.
Relevant bills introduced:
- H.R. 2572. To amend title 18, United States Code, to deter public corruption, and for other purposes.
Transparency events scheduled for 7/18-7/22:
- Internet Governance Forum for the United States. 8:00 A.M. – 5:30 P.M. Georgetown Law, McDonough Hall – Hart Auditorium.
- Kiwi Connected: What Can the U.S. Learn From New Zealand’s Broadband Plan (RSVP here). 1:00 – 2:15 pm. New America Foundation. 1899 L Street NW Suite 400. Washington, DC 20036.
- Making the Universal Service Fund Into a Universal Broadband Fund (Tickets here). 8:00 – 10:00 am. Clyde’s of Gallery Place, 707 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001.
- Cybersecurity: Incentives and Governance (RSVP here). The Brookings Institution. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. 1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW. Washington D.C.
- Government IT Efficiency Best Practices: Advancing the Shared Infrastructure. 2:00 pm. (Webinar)