Here is Wednesdays look at transparency-related news items, todays congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills moving through Congress, and transparency-related events being held today.

News Roundup:

  • Retiring Rep. John Tanner (D-TN) is holding a fundraiser for his leadership PAC to reportedly further his expected K Street career once he leaves Capitol Hill in January. (Roll Call)($)
  • The Supreme Court has blocked the state of Arizona from giving matching funds to publicly funded candidates facing wealthy opponents. (The Washington Post) (The New York Times)
  • The New Yorker profiles Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks. (The New Yorker)
  • Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) wants House Democrats to require transcripts for upcoming briefings from the EPA, BP, and other oil companies. (The Hill)
  • The EPA has disclosed the chemical ingredients in the dispersants being used on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (OMB Watch)
  • OMB Director Peter Orszag wants the government to keep pace with the private sector when it comes to the use of information technology. (The Washington Post) (InformationWeek)
  • The Department of Transportation has partnered with Cornell University to crowdsource ideas about rulemaking and promote open government. (Federal News Radio)
  • Transparency advocates want the government to post transcripts or recordings of agency meetings online. (Nextgov)
  • Twitter wants to hire a Washington liaison to help the government and politicians better use their service. (InformationWeek)
  • Roll Call editorializes against the use of secret holds in the Senate. (Roll Call)($)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 6/9:


  • None


  • Strengthening the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives, Wednesday, June 9, 2 p.m., Rayburn-2154

Relevant bills introduced 6/8:

  • None

Transparency events scheduled for 6/9:

  • None

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