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

News roundup:

  • DISCLOSE Act news:
    • The Washington Post provides an overview of the bill and the debate over it in Congress. (The Washington Post)
    • The Bangor Daily News and the Oregonian editorialize in favor of the DISCLOSE Act. (The Bangor Daily News) (
    • Harvard Law School looks at Harvard law professor John Coates and his testimony in favor of the DISCLOSE Act at a House Administration Committee hearing. (Harvard Law School)
  • Earmark Transparency Act news:
    • InformationWeek looks at the Earmark Transparency Act and previous earmarks reform efforts. (InformationWeek)
    • The Everett Daily Herald editorializes in favor of the Earmark Transparency Act. (
  • The New York Times editorializes against secret holds and urges the Senate to vote on President Obama’s judicial nominees. (The New York Times)
  • Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Administrator Cass Sunstein says that a key ingredient of transparency and open government is effective records management. (Federal News Radio)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 5/13:

  • None

Relevant bills introduced 5/12:

  • None

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