Here is Tuesday’s look at transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.
- Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) has received a three-year prison sentence following his conviction in a money laundering and conspiracy case. (Politico)
- The House Ethics Committee more than quintupled its investigations in the 111th Congress compared with the 110th, but only one lawmaker was punished for violating rules. (Roll Call$)
- Two recent ex-Senators, Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) and Bob Bennett (R-Utah), are setting up shop at the law and lobbying firm Arent Fox. (Roll Call $)
- After spending almost two years promoting transparency at the White House as Director of the Open Government Initiative, U.S. deputy CTO Beth Noveck will return to being a law professor at New York Law School. (Federal Computer Week)
- The leader of the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, Major Gen. Arnold Fields, has resigned. (Politico)(Roll Call $)
- A number of DC fundraising and lobbying initiatives were put on hold this week after the Arizona shooting. (Roll Call $)
- David Hunt has been named as inspector general for the Federal Communications Commission. (Next Gov)
- Incumbents are trying to keep their districts intact as states begin redrawing political maps. (Washington Times)
- While it is too early to determine what effect the budget cuts will have on the daily work of Congress, not having sufficient funds for staff and office expenses may make it harder for Members to do their jobs. (Remapping Debate)
- A commission investigating the BP oil spill found that tougher federal oversight of offshore drilling is needed. (The Hill)
- Freshman Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) is going live on Facebook to engage in a conversation about how members of Congress can use social media to connect with constituents in an official capacity. (Facebook)
Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 1/11:
Relevant bills introduced:
Transparency events scheduled for 1/11:
- What Intellectual Property Issues Are Top of Mind for 112th Congress? Tues. 1/11, 8:00-10:00am. The Intellectual Property Breakfast Club. Clyde’s of Gallery Place, 707 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20001.
- Facebook DC Live: Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI). 2:00pm.
- Nine Years of Guantanamo: What Now? Tues. 1/11, 3:30-5:00pm. New America Foundation. 1899 L Street, NW, Suite 400. Washington, DC, 20036.