Here is Mondays look at transparency-related news items, this weeks congressional committee hearings, and transparency-related bills introduced in Congress last Friday.

News roundup:

  • Sunlight Foundation Policy Director John Wonderlich discusses the need for transparency for government data as it applies to the Minerals and Management Service. (CNN/Fortune)
  • A new bill introduced by Rep. Frank Kratovil (D-MD) would require House bills to be posted online for 72 hours prior to consideration. (The Washington Post)
  • The Sunlight Foundation’s page.
  • The Census Bureau is using the online American Community Survey as a test run for administering the Census on through the Internet. (Federal News Radio)
  • The New York Times discusses the recent Pew report on adults who use the Internet and social media to interact with the government. (The New York Times)
  • In light of the audit the Fed movement, the Federal Reserve is placing some of its data online. (The New York Times)
  • Senate secret holds:
    • In an editorial, the Washington Post criticizes Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) for helping to block an amendment to the financial regulation bill that would have eliminated secret holds. (The Washington Post)
    • Eliza Newlin Carney looks at the effort to reform the filibuster and eliminate secret holds in the Senate. (National Journal)($)
  • Earmark Transparency Act:

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for the week of 5/17 5/21:Senate:

  • To resume hearings to examine the filibuster, focusing on the filibuster today and its consequences, Committee on Rules and Administration, Wednesday, May 19, 10 a.m., Russel-301
  • To hold hearings to examine efforts to right-size the Federal employee-to-contractor mix, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia Thursday, May 20, 2:30 p.m., Dirksen-342


  • Hearing entitled Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: Transforming Federal Hiring, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia, Wednesday, May 19, 2 p.m., Rayburn-2154
  • Hearing on the Administrative Conference of the United States, House Judiciary Committee: Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, Thursday, May 20, 2 p.m., Rayburn-2141
  • Hearing entitled “Accounting and Auditing Standards: Pending Proposals and Emerging Issues,” Financial Services Committee: Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government Sponsored Enterprises, Friday, May 21, 10 a.m., Rayburn-2128

Relevant bills introduced 5/14:

  • None

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