- FEC legislates: The FEC unanimously approved five legislative recommendations. Proposed changes include e-filing of Senate campaign finance reports and an extension of a ban on personal use of political committee funds. (Lobby Comply)
- Owens pays his way: Rep. Bill Owens (D-NY) announced that he would reimburse a Taiwan university more than $22,000 for a trip that he took to the Island with his wife last December. The announcement comes on the heels of revelations that the trip was organized by a lobbying firm. (Politico)
- Climate.gov cuts: Climate.gov, one of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Gov 2.0 efforts, is facing extinction after the house voted to cut its funding. (Federal Computer Week)
State and Local
- Fourth time’s not a charm: Legislators in Vermont killed an attempt to reform the state’s campaign finance law for the fourth year in a row. (State Integrity)
- Citizens help city website: A group of volunteer citizen advisers dedicated themselves to improving Palo Alto, California’s archaic web portal. The volunteers spent four years developing and helping to implement more than 70 recommendations. The site is in beta and scheduled to launch in July. (Government Technology)
- Transparency threatened in the EU: The EU is moving closer to adopting broad exceptions to existing access to information rules. (Access-Info)
RELEVANT BILLS INTRODUCED
- H.R. 5691. To amend the Truth in Lending Act to establish fair and transparent practices related to the marketing and provision of overdraft coverage programs at depository institutions, and for other purposes.
HAPPENING THIS WEEK 5/14-5/18
- FCC Oversight. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Wed. 5/16. 2:30 pm. 253 RSOB. Full Committee Hearing.
- Hatch Act: Options for Reform. House Oversight and Government Reform. Wed. 5/16. 9:30 am. 2247 RHOB. Federal Workforce, US Postal Service, and Labor Policy Subcommittee hearing.
- Tax Exempt Organizations Oversight. House Ways and Means. Wed. 5/16. 10:00 am. 1100 LHOB. Oversight Subcommittee Hearing.
- Homeland Security Department Ethical Standards. House Homeland Security. Thurs. 5/17. 9:30 am. 311 CHOB. Oversight, Investigations, and Management Subcommittee hearing.
- Legislative Branch Appropriations. House Appropriations. Fri. 5/18. 9:30 am. HT-2, Capitol, 9:30 am. Legislative Branch Subcommittee Markup.
- What Lessons Are We Learning in Getting Older Americans Online?. Broadband Breakfast. Tues. 5/15. 8:00-10:00 am. Clyde’s of Gallery Place, 707 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001.
- Knowledge and Innovation: Understanding Public Access to Research. Brookings. Wed. 5/16. 2:00-3:30 pm. Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036.
- Digital Diplomacy: A New Era of Advancing Policy. CEIP. Thurs. 5/17. 9:00-10:30 am. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036.
- Does Electronic Reporting of Emissions Information Generate Environmental Benefits? Resources for the Future. Thurs. 5/17. 12:00-1:30 pm. 1616 P Street NW, Washington, DC 20036.
- Webinar: All Points of the Compass – Global Legal Collections, Research, and Reference Services at the Law Library of Congress. FedLink/LoC. Thurs. 5/17. 2:00-3:00 pm.
Policy Fellow Matt Rumsey wrote this post.