2Day in #OpenGov 11/10/2011


Policy Fellow Matt Rumsey wrote this post.

This week is a short one, enjoy its end with Thursday’s look at transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.

News Roundup:

Super Committee

  • Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called for the Super Committee to open its doors last night on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. (Politico)
  • Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) has a healthy fundraising schedule for November, with at least 4 events planned, including one to celebrate his 50th birthday. (National Journal)
  • Sen. Patty Murray’s Washington state staff has a retreat planned for this week. It is being held at the offices of Strategies 360, a major Washington lobbying firm. (National Journal)


  • Users are having trouble finding government information on the internet. Better search systems might help remedy the problem. (Federal Computer Week)
  • Senators Jim Webb (D-VA) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) have called on the nation’s Archivist to make the Commission on Wartime Contracting’s records publicly available. The records are currently sealed for 20 years. (POGO)
Campaign Finance
  • Americans Elect, a group dedicated to electing a third party presidential candidate, is being targeted by campaign finance watchdogs for its tax-exempt status. Watchdogs are accusing the organization, along with Republican groups Crossroads GPS and American Action Network and Democratic group Priorities USA, of being too political for tax-exempt status. (Roll Call $)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 11/10:

  • Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Hearing on the nomination of Roslyn Mazer to be inspector general of the Homeland Security Department. 342 DSOB. 10:00 am 11/10. Full Committee hearing.

Relevant bills introduced:

  • None.
Transparency events scheduled for 11/10 and 11/11:
  • Politics for Programmers Workshop. New Organizing Institute. 9:00 am- 12:00 pm. Artisphere Dome Theater, 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22209.
  • Vote:Tech. DCWeek. 1:00- 5:00 pm. Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22209.

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