Here is Tuesdays look at transparency-related news items, todays congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress yesterday, and transparency-related events being held this week.

News roundup:

  • Three Senators who want to end the use of secret holds have placed holds on Obama nominees and bills. (The Hill)
  • In an editorial, Paul W. Taylor discusses the transparency movement and the Sunlight Foundation’s Apps for America contest. (Government Technology)
  • Government websites for the federal courts and the Commerce Department were recently overhauled. (The Washington Post)
  • Taxpayer -funded congressional caucuses, banned by the House in 1995, still exist but in a non-official and less transparent form. (National Journal)($)
  • Earmark news:
    • A coalition of lobbyists are preparing to launch an earmark transparency campaign to explain to the public what earmarks are and why elected lawmakers and not agency bureaucrats should control them. (The Hill)
    • In an editorial, a dean at the University of Minnesota argues that earmarks are important to academic research. (Politico)
    • The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Wisconsin State Journal, and Las Cruces Sun-News editorialize in favor of the Earmark Transparency Act. (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)(The Wisconsin State Journal)(The Las Cruces Sun-News)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 5/18:

  • None

Relevant bills introduced 5/17:

  • None

Transparency events for the week of 5/17 5/21:

  • Feedback and Learning Loop in Governance: How to Use Governance Measurements to Improve Programming, Wednesday, May 19, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., DAI, 7600 Wisconsin Ave, 20814, Bethesda, MD
  • Strengthening Federal Spending Transparency: A Working Conference to Develop a Plan of Action, Thursday, May 20, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Economic Policy Institute, 1333 H St NW, 3rd Floor, Washington, D.C.
  • Computer Assisted Researching and Reporting Bootcamp, Friday, May 21, 9:30 a.m., National Press Club Bloomberg Room, 529 14th St NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Updating ECPA: An Electronic Privacy Law for the 21st Century, Friday, May 21, 12 p.m., Dirksen-226

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