2Day in #OpenGov 3/21/2012


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.

News Roundup:


  • 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)

Revolving Door

  • 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:

  • None.
Transparency events scheduled for 3/21:

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