Policy Fellow Matt Rumsey wrote this post.
Here is the Wednesday’s look at transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.
- Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), who is running for Congress in Illinois’ 8th district, took a cue from the Massachusetts Senate race and challenged her primary opponent Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) to reject super PAC contributions. (National Journal)
- President Obama spoke publicly for the first time about his change in opinion on super PACs. He stressed that he would not back down while his opponents utilize the funding mechanisms. (Politico)
- The Justice Department won this years Rosemary Award, presented by the George Washington University-based National Security Archive. The award honors the agency that has done the most to enhance government secrecy and keep the public in the dark. (Washington Post)
- Performance.gov currently lacks performance data about federal operations. But, President Obama’s budget proposal appears to aim at publishing agency goal progress by the fall of 2012. (Fierce Government)
- On his last day as Federal CTO, Aneesh Chopra unveiled an Open Innovator’s Toolkit to highlight best practices and address the shift and expansion of open innovation. (Fierce Government)
- The State Integrity Investigation has released extensive data on transparency in U.S. State Governments. (iWatch News)
- Frederick, Maryland’s government spending data is now available online through the new Transparent Frederick portal. Additional features are expected in the coming months. (Government Technology)
- The open source platform DistrictBuilder, was created as part of the Public Mapping Project to allow citizens to have their voices heard in the redistricting process. (Gov Fresh)
Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 2/15:
Relevant bills introduced:
- H.R. 3898 – The Sunlight Act of 2012. Referred to the Committee on House Administration.
- H.R. 3844 – The Honest Budget Act of 2012. Refereed to the Committee on the Budget.
- The End of K Street Deals?: Is Netizen Direct Lobbying the New Norm? GW CSPRI. Wed. 2/15. 12:00-2:00pm. GW, Marvin Center Room 302, 800 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20052.