Policy Fellow Matt Rumsey wrote this post.
Here is Wednesday’s look at transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.
- The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on FOIA during Sunshine Week (POGO)
- The Federal Reserve has turned to Twitter in an effort to increase transparency. They also plan to share videos of Ben Bernanke’s speeches. (Executive Gov)
- Advisers to retiring members of Congress are starting to head through the revolving door. Staff for Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Kent Conrad (D-ND) are heading to the Glover Park Group and Washington Council Ersnt & Young. (National Journal)
- POGO launched a project to follow the revolving door between the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the private sector. (National Journal)
- Three major South Korean television stations are joining forces to protest editorial censorship imposed by station management and the government. (Global Voices)
- China is forcing certain political websites to delete content after a recent upheaval that resulted in the firing of a high ranking government official. (AP/Yahoo)
Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 3/21:
- Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight. Energy and Commerce. 10:00 am. 2123 RHOB. Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.
- Russia’ Repression, Corruption, and Support of Rogue Regimes. Foreign Affairs. 10:30 am. 2172 RHOB. Full Committee.
- Federal Regulation and Regulatory Reform. Judiciary. 1:30 pm. 2141 RHOB. Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law.
- Improving Government Transparency Through Technology. Oversight and Government Reform. 2:00 pm. 2154 RHOB. Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations, and Procurement Reform.
- President’s Government Reorganization Plan. Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. 10:00 am. 342 DSOB. Full Committee.
Relevant bills introduced:
- Cuba Needs a (Technological) Revolution: How the Internet Can Thaw an Island Frozen in Time. Heritage Foundation. 10:00 am. 214 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002.
- Innovations in Inclusiveness and Accountability: How the ADB Ensures Responsible Development Investment in Asia. Elliot School. 12:00-1:30 pm. Elliot School of International Affairs, 1957 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20052.
- Chinese Information Warfare. Potomac Institute. 12:00-2:00 pm. Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, 901 N. Stuart Street, Suite 200, Arlington, VA 22203.
- Power and Constraint: The Accountable Presidency After 9/11. AEI. 4:00 pm. American Enterprise Institute, 1150 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036.