Here is Thursdays look at transparency-related news items, todays congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.

  • DISCLOSE Act News:
    • House Democrats have scheduled a vote on the DISCLOSE Act for Friday. (The Hill) (Politico)
    • House Democrats have further lowered the threshold exempting some groups from the disclosure requirements in the DISCLOSE Act. (The Hotline)($) (Roll Call)($)
    • House Democrats are trying to deal with angry liberals and watchdog groups as they prepare for a vote on the DISCLOSE Act, as well as other interest groups seeking an exemption. (Roll Call)($) (National Journal)($)
    • Suzy Khimm looked at efforts by labor unions to get their own carve outs in the DISCLOSE Act. (Mother Jones)
    • The Huffington Post looked at groups who still support the DISCLOSE Act but oppose the National Rifle Association exemption and are working to get it removed from the bill. (The Huffington Post)
    • National Journal asked a panel whether the NRA exemption from the bill is workable. (National Journal)($)
    • The Hill asked a panel, which included Craig Newmark, whether Congress will pass the DISCLOSE Act. (The Hill)
    • Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Mike Castle (R-DE) editorialized in favor of the DISCLOSE Act. (The Washington Post)
    • A member of the NRA’s board of Directors editorialized against the DISCLOSE Act. (The Washington Post)
    • Both the Washington Post and the New York Times editorialized against the NRA exemption but in favor of the DISCLOSE Act in general. (The Washington Post) (The New York Times)
  • Seventeen senators and 85 House members sought deadline extensions for their annual financial disclosure reports. (Roll Call)($)
  • The Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House have issued revised guidelines for the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995. (OMB Watch)
  • Five House members have signed onto the MiCongress channel available through Comcast’s OnDemand service providing videos from lawmakers. (Roll Call)($)
  • An analysis of public disclosure filings founds that lawmakers on key committees bought and sold shares of companies they helped oversee. (The Wall Street Journal)($)
  • The Office of Management and Budget is preparing a new public dashboard measuring the agency’s performance. (Federal News Radio)
  • The Department of Housing and Urban Development is embracing Web 2.0 tech such as social networking, wikis, and RSS. (Federal News Radio)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 6/17:Senate:

  • None


  • Federal Electronic Records Management: A Status Report, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives, Thursday, June 17, 2 p.m., 2154-Rayburn

Relevant bills introduced on 6/16:Senate:

  • None


  • A bill to apply the Freedom of Information Act to the Federal National Mortgage Association and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation during any period that such entities are in conservatorship or receivership; to the Committee on Financial Services. H.R. 5539

Transparency events scheduled for 6/17:

  • None

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