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 today.

News Roundup:

  • DISCLOSE Act news:
    • Sunshine Review President Michael Barnhart editorializes against the DISCLOSE Act and also quotes the Sunlight Foundation’s John Wonderlich. (The Washington Examiner)
    • The Heritage Foundation reports that the House could vote on the DISCLOSE Act as early as this week. (The Heritage Foundation)
    • The Texas Insider looks at the DISCLOSE Act and collects some reactions to the bill from nonprofit groups. (The Texas Insider)
  • Nextgov looks at the new USASpending.gov website. (Nextgov)
  • OMB Watch looks at the revamped Data.gov website. (OMB Watch)
  • Here is the Government Business Council’s recently released report, Transparency and the Role of Federal Executives. (Government Bits)
  • The Consumer Product Safety Commission is planning to unveil a website that will collect its product safety data in a searchable and downloadable format. (Nextgov)
  • House Democrats have launched a New Media Caucus that will help lawmakers use social networking tools like Twitter and Facebook. (Roll Call)($)
  • Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has entered an Environmental Protection Agency video contest as a protest. (The Hill)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 5/25:

  • None

Relevant bills introduced 5/24:Senate:

  • None

House:

  • A resolution amending the Rules of the House of Representatives to prohibit Members from negotiating for a job involving lobbying activities; to the Committee on Rules. H. Res. 1386.

Transparency events scheduled for 5/25:

  • Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media, and the Rule of Law, Tuesday, May 25, 12:00 p.m. 2 p.m., Betsy and Walter Stern Conference Center, 1015 15th St, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, D.C.

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