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

News Roundup:

  • Some House members are pushing back on the Office of Congressional Ethics, but it is currently unknown whether an attempt to weaken the office will go anywhere. (Roll Call)($) (Politico)
  • Later this month, lobbyists will be able to pay $250 to $2,000 to attend a National Republican Senatorial Committee fundraiser featuring two dozen Republican Senate chiefs of staff. (Roll Call)($)
  • The Federal Election Commission granted the group Citizens United an exemption from filing donor disclosure reports. (Roll Call)($)
  • Lobbying from the National Rifle Association and other advocacy groups is helping to derail the DISCLOSE Act. (Roll Call)($)
  • The General Services Administration has created a online innovation challenge platform to encourage federal agencies to embrace the concept of open government. (Federal News Radio)
  • A web technology analyst for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission has created a toolkit to help state and local governments navigate the world of social networking. (Government Technology)
  • The Washington Post rounds up government websites providing data and information about the Gulf oil spill. (The Washington Post)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 6/10:

  • None

Relevant bills introduced 6/9:Senate:

  • None

House:

  • A bill to require each authorized public chartering agency to publish on the Internet the financial expenditures of each charter school that is authorized or approved by such agency and receives Department of Education funding; to the Committee on Education and Labor. H.R. 5488

Transparency events scheduled for 6/10:

  • None

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