Here is Fridays look at transparency-related news items, todays congressional committee hearings, and transparency-related bills introduced in Congress yesterday.

News roundup:

  • The New York Times profiles Bob Bauer, White House counsel and campaign finance expert, who helped craft the DNC’s response to Citizens United. (The New York Times)
  • Ezra Klein interviews Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) about Senate confirmations and secret holds. (The Washington Post)
  • The New York City Public Advocate’s Office is calling on banks to disclose their political spending. (The Huffington Post)
  • Here is another look at BP’s lobbying efforts in the wake of the Gulf Coast oil spill. (The Washington Post)
  • Here is a look at Facebook’s lobbying presence in Washington. (National Journal)($)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 5/7:

Senate:

  • None

House:

  • None

Relevant bills introduced 5/6:

Senate:

  • A bill to establish an advisory committee to issue nonbinding governmentwide guidelines on making public information available on the Internet, to require publicly available Government information held by the executive branch to be made available on the Internet, to express the sense of Congress that publicly available information held by the legislative and judicial branches should be available on the Internet, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. S. 3321
  • A bill to improve the management and oversight of Federal contracts, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. S. 3323

House:

  • A bill to amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to establish standards for the transparent and accurate tabulation of votes and aggregation of vote counts in elections for Federal office, and for other purposes; to the Committee on House Administration. H.R. 5229
  • A bill to establish a National Cyberspace Office, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committees on Armed Services, and Intelligence (Permanent Select), for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned. H.R. 5247
  • A bill to provide for Federal agencies to develop public access policies relating to research conducted by employees of that agency or from funds administered by that agency; to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. H.R. 5253

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