Here is Wednesdays 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:

  • Check out the winners of the Sunlight Foundation’s Design for America contest. (Government Bits) (CivSource)
  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce claims that the DISCLOSE Act favors labor unions. (The Hill)
  • An Interior Department report shows that Minerals Management Service officials took gifts from businesses that the agency was supposed to be regulating. (The Washington Post)
  • A Government Accountability Office audit most federal courthouse built this decade are too big. (The Washington Post)
  • A Government Accountability Office audit shows that the General Services Administration needs to improve its data collection in regards to it’s Multiple Award Schedules program. (Nextgov)
  • A Center for Technology in Government study details eight necessary elements for the suspenseful use of social media by the government. (Government Technology)
  • In advance of the 2010 midterm elections, lobbyists are cozying up to House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH). (Roll Call)($)
  • Rep. Boehner has asked Rep. James Oberstar (D-MN) to strip all GOP earmarks from a water resources bill. (Roll Call)($)
  • Despite Democratic gains in recent election cycles, Republicans still head most business lobbying organizations. (Roll Call)($)
  • John Mercurio takes a look at Google’s lobbying strategy. (National Journal)($)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 5/26:

  • None

Relevant bills introduced 5/25:


  • None


  • A bill to require motor vehicle safety standards relating to vehicle electronics and to reauthorize and provide greater transparency, accountability, and safety authority to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce. H.R. 5381

Transparency events scheduled for 5/26:

  • None

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