- Running against corruption: Three candidates in upcoming congressional primaries are basing their campaigns on fighting corruption and money in politics. (Republic Report)
- The Road less transparent: Some observers are concerned that travel limitations imposed by the OMB could lead to less transparency by limiting agency interaction with the public. (Federal Computer Week)
State and Local
- Live Free and consider open source: New Hampshire’s CIO expects the state to reap benefits of a law, signed in February, that requires state agencies to consider open source options and adopt open data standards. (Gov Tech)
- Lone Star Security Secrets: A state judge in Texas ruled that the state’s Department of Public Safety does not have to release travel records of Governor Rick Perry’s security team. The judge reversed his own 2008 decision, in which he ruled that the information was eligible for release under the Texas Public Information Act. (Courthouse News)
- Fight corruption, feed the hungry: Hunger and corruption are closely linked. India harvests enough food to feed its population, but corruption has kept the country from installing adequate infrastructure to distribute it efficiently. (Transparency International)
- Blogging against corruption in Kyrgyzstan: One of Kyrgyzstan’s most popular bloggers dedicates himself to exposing rampant corruption all three branches of government, the public safety sector, universities, and the Kyrgyz monetary system. (Global Voices)
RELEVANT BILLS INTRODUCED
- H.R. 5651. The Food and Drug Administration Reform Act of 2012. Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
- H.R. 5709. To Amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the public disclosure of charges for certain hospital and ambulatory surgical center treatment episodes. Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
- H.R. 5730. To amend title XVII of the Social Security Act to make publicly available on the official Medicare Internet site medicare payment rates for frequently reimbursed hospital inpatient procedures, hospital outpatient procedures, and physicians’ services. Referred to the House Committees on Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce.
HAPPENING TODAY 5/15
- What Lessons Are We Learning in Getting Older Americans Online?. Broadband Breakfast. 8:00-10:00 am. Clyde’s of Gallery Place, 707 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001.
SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW 5/16
- FCC Oversight. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation. 2:30 pm. 253 RSOB. Full Committee Hearing.
- Hatch Act: Options for Reform. House Oversight and Government Reform. 9:30 am. 2247 RHOB. Federal Workforce, US Postal Service, and Labor Policy Subcommittee hearing.
- Tax Exempt Organizations Oversight. House Ways and Means. 10:00 am. 1100 LHOB. Oversight Subcommittee Hearing.
- Knowledge and Innovation: Understanding Public Access to Research. Brookings. 2:00-3:30 pm. Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036.