Policy Fellow Matt Rumsey wrote this post.
Here is the week’s first look at transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.
- Three lobby shops contracted by Facebook have stopped working for the internet giant after content providers who also work with the firms raised “conflict” concerns. Facebook has a robust presence in Washington, but is now left with only one outside lobbying firm. (Politico)
- The House Energy and Commerce Committee is losing its general counsel, Jim Barnette, to Steptoe & Johnson. Barnette previously worked at the firm from 2007 to 2011. (National Journal)
- Some of the most generous donors to super PACs supporting Mitt Romney and President Obama also spent big money on lobbying activity in 2011. (The Hill)
- According to a CBO report, the Government Results Transparency Act (H.R. 3262) would cost $115 million over the next four years. The bill would require agencies to post program level spending data on a central website. (Government Executive)
- Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel laid out his list of priorities for 2012 on Friday. He hopes to use federal IT strategically in order to drive efficiency, spur innovation, protect U.S. resources, and more effectively provide services to citizens. (Federal Computer Week)
- More than 11,000 Cambodians who took part in a year-long series of forums with their elected officials identified corruption as one of their major concerns. (NDI)
- The Indonesian government is preparing to take advantage of Twitter’s country-specific censorship policies to target “rude anonymous” tweets. (Global Voices)
Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 2/27-3/2:
- Government 2.0: GAO unveils new duplicative program report. Oversight and Government Reform. Tues. 2/28. 9:30 am. 2154 RHOB. Full Committee Hearing.
- Markup of H.R. 452, the Medicare Decisions Accountability Act of 2011. Energy and Commerce. Wed. 2/29. 10:00 am. 2322 RHOB. Subcommittee on Health.
- Integrating Homeland Security’s Management Data. Homeland Security. Thurs. 3/1. 10:00 am. 311 CHOB. Oversight, Investigations, and Management Subcommittee hearing.
- Status of Government Financial Management. Oversight and Government Reform. Thurs. 3/1. 10:00 am. 2154 RHOB. Subcommittee on Government Organization, Efficiency, and Financial Management hearing.
- Budget hearing for the Architect of the Capitol, Library of Congress, and Open World Leadership Center. Appropriations. Thurs. 3/1. 2:30 pm. 138 DSOB. Legislative Branch Subcommittee.
Relevant bills introduced:
- The Legal Enabling Environment for Independent Media in Iraq. NED. Wed. 2/29. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. 1025 F Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004.
- Tinkering With Tomorrow: Will the DIY Movement Craft the Future? New America. Wed. 2/29. 12:15-5:00 pm. New America Foundation, 1899 L Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036.
- The Internet as Infrastructure, Mesh Networks and the Drive Towards Universal Access. Internet Society. Thurs. 3/1, 9:00-11:30 am. SRI, 1100 Wilson Blvd. Suite 2800, Arlington, VA.
- Campaign Finance in the 2012 Elections: The Rise of Super PACs. Brookings. Thurs. 3/1. 9:30-11:00 am. Saul/Zilkha Rooms, The Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC.
- Wiki at War: Conflict in a Socially Networked World. Heritage. Fri. 3/2. 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Lehrman Auditorium, The Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC.
- Measuring and Combating Corruption in the 21st Century. SAIS. Fri. 3/2. 12:30 – 2:oo pm. The Rome Building, Room 200, 1619 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC.
- DC Datadive with Data Without Borders (Day 1 of 3). Data Without Borders. Fri 3/2. 7:00 PM. The New America Foundation, 1899 L Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 200365.
- Senate Briefing: DEMOS/U.S. PIRG super PAC research. Sen. Jeff Merkley. Fri. 3/2. 10:30 am. G11 Dirksen Senate Office Building.
- House Briefing: DEMOS/U.S. PIRG super PAC research. Rep. Hank Johnson. Fri. 3/2. 2:00 pm. 1629 Longworth House Office Building.