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

News Roundup:

  • Talking Points Memo has unveiled Shadow Congress, an interactive database of former members of Congress who are currently working as lobbyists across the country. (Talking Points Memo)
  • The White House is working with a software developer to merge maps with data. (Nextgov)
  • Later this month, the Department of Health and Human Services will release updated guidelines for creating a uniform system for releasing electronic medical records online. (Federal News Radio)
  • Only the Environmental Protection Agency seems to have met a May 14 deadline for federal agencies to release data quality plans under the Open Government Directive. (OMB Watch)
  • The Washington Post editorializes against the use of secret holds in the Senate. (The Washington Post)
    • DISCLOSE Act news:
      • In the wake of the Citizens United decision, corporations are wary of overtly being linked to political ads and are turning to the shared megaphone of the the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Karl Rove’s new American Crossroads group. (The Washington Post)
      • Eliza Newlin Carney looks at the opposition to the DISCLOSE Act and the path ahead for the bill in Congress. (National Journal)($)
      • The National Review argues that the DISCLOSE Act is a partisan bill that will restrict free speech rights. (National Review)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for the week so 6/1-6/4:

  • Congress in recess

Relevant bills introduced 5/28:

  • None

Transparency events scheduled for the week of 6/1-6/4:

  • Is Government Broken? Strengthening Democracy through Election and Governance Reforms, Tuesday, June 1, 1 p.m., Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW
  • Social Media, New Technologies and Their Impact on 21st Century Statecraft, Wednesday, June 2, 8 a.m., Ogilvy’s Washington Headquarters, 1111 19th Street, NW, 10th Floor

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