Here is Fridays 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:

  • In an editorial, University of Colorado professor Daniel Baker argues that much like Global Positioning System data, the military should release Nuclear Detonation Detection System environmental data to the public. (The New York Times)
  • The Government Accountability Office wants to create a centralized database for government contracts. (Federal News Radio)
  • The Office of Management and Budget is revising a policy that prohibits the use of cookies on federal websites. (Nextgov)
  • The Democratic National Committee wants to use the GOP’s crowdsourcing website YouCutto eliminate the other GOP crowdsourcing website America Speaking Out. (The Hill)
  • DISCLOSE Act news:
    • House Democrats say the DISCLOSE Act will not be voted on until after the Memorial Day recess. (Roll Call)($)
    • Republicans who once argued that disclosure was the best way to deal with the influence of money in politics are now opposing the DISCLOSE Act. (Politico)
    • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business lobbying organizations are banding together to oppose the DISCLOSE Act. (National Journal)($)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 5/28:

  • None

Relevant bills introduced 5/27:


  • A bill to require publicly traded coal companies to include certain safety records in their reports to the Commission, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S. 3450


  • None

Transparency events scheduled for 5/28:

  • None

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