- House Republicans took their annual retreat last week and, as usual, the event is being funded by the Congressional Institute, a “tax exempt-social welfare organization run by Republican lobbyists.” (NPR)
- The House passed the Farm Bill last week after removing provisions that could have proved harmful to the Freedom of Information Act. (POGO)
- DHS is either unfortunately inconsistent in their FOIA compliance, or they really hate the Senate. Staffers for Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) were reviewing documents they received from the Border Patrol when they realized that the agency had previously given less redacted versions of the same documents to the EFF.(Government Executive)
- Democrats may have initially resisted campaign finance deregulation, but now that they have embraced their ability to raise unlimited amounts of money, they’re getting pretty good at it. Major Democratic super PACs easily outpaced their main Republican rivals during 2013. (Public Integrity)
- Three new books look at some potential futures for the global anti-corruption movement. (Transparency International)
State and Local News
- The New Mexico Legislature is considering resolutions that would webcast more committee meetings and create a digital archive of video. The legislature currently does not webcast meetings that happen when it is technically “out of session.” (Government Technology)
- The Civic Works Project, running out of Chicago and funded with a grant from the Knight Community Information Challenge, aims to create apps and other tools to “increase the utility of government data to benefit community organizations and the broader public.” (Knight Foundation)
- Ohio is moving towards open data with initiatives in the executive branch and legislation working its way through the legislature. (Data Transparency Coalition)
Events 2/3 – 2/7
- OSHA’s regulatory agenda: Changing long-standing policies outside the public rulemaking process. House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Tues. 2/4. 10:00 am. 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Subcommittee on Workforce Protections.
- Examining recommendations to reform FISA authorities. House Committee on the Judiciary. Tues. 2/4. 10:00 am. 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Full committee hearing.
- Webinar – Arming the consumer: Increasing value through technology and transparency. National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation. Tues. 2/4. 1:00 – 2:30 pm.
- Markup of H.R. 3693, To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002, the “National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2013.” House Committee on Homeland Security. Wed. 2/5. 10:00 am. 311 Cannon House Office Building. Full committee hearing.
- Democracy in crisis: Corruption, media, and power in Turkey. Freedom House. Thurs. 2/6. 10:00 – 11:30 am. Newseum, Knight Conference Center, 8th Floor Conference Level, 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001.
- The cost of corruption on global business. American Society of International Law. Thurs. 2/6. 6:00 – 8:00 pm. ASIL, 2223 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008.