- Most members of the Senate are now filing their personal financial disclosures online. They still tend to avoid taking advantage of the same modern convenience when campaign finance filing season rolls around. (Roll Call)
- Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was famous for saying that she didn’t use email. It wasn’t because she was a technophobe so much as an effort to avoid leaving too robust a paper trail. It turns out she often had aids send emails on her behalf and in her name. (Tech Dirt)
- Lobbyists don’t have the best reputation outside of their traditional Washington, DC haunts, but sometimes they venture outside of the beltway and successfully seek political office. (Washington Post)
- The private sector stands to gain from legislation, like the DATA act, that focuses on improving management in the federal government. (Government Executive)
- Two weeks ago regional meetings of the Open Government Partnership were held in Bali and Ireland. Legislative Openness was a main focus at the conferences. (Opening Parliament)
State and Local News
- A group of news organizations is suing Missouri for access to information about the lethal drugs the state uses to execute prisoners. (New York Times)
- A member of the Washington, DC City Council is launching an effort to collaboratively draft laws online using the Madison Project platform. David Grosso (I-at large) launched Madison DC with three proposed bills. (E Pluribus Unum)
Events This Week
- Transparency and the Democratic Process in Trade Negotiations. American University Washington College of Law. Tues. 5/20. 12:00 – 2:00 (lunch provided). 4801 Massachusetts Ave NW, Room 402, Washington, DC.
- Smart Governance: How public policy can keep pace with technological developments. Center for Strategic and International Studies. Tues. 5/20. 3:00 – 6:00 pm. 1800 K Street NW, Washington, DC.
- Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission. House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. Tues. 5/20. 10:30 am. 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.
- Legislative Proposals to Improve Transparency and Accountability at the CFPB. House Committee on Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit. Wed. 5/21. 2:00 pm. 2128 Rayburn House Office Building.