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

News Roundup:

  • Lobbying news:
    • Roll Call looked at lobbying from oil companies and other groups at the Minerals Management Service. (Roll Call)($)
    • Companies responsible for the Gulf oil spill are hiring lobbyists and consultants in preparation for pending congressional action. (The Washington Post)
    • Banking lobbyists are targeting the Volcker Rule in the financial regulation bill. (The New York Times)
    • President Obama has issued a memo preventing registered lobbyists from serving on federal advisory committees, boards, and commissions. (The Hill) (OMB Watch)
  • Mitt Romney used rules governing PAC money to contribute $42,000 to Nikki Haley’s gubernatorial campaign in South Carolina. (Politico)
  • A USA Today review shows that nonprofit and other interest groups spent 73 percent more during the first three months of this year on trips for members of Congress than during a comparable time last year. (USA Today)
  • The New York Times editorialized against fundraising by members of Congress working on the financial regulation bill. (The New York Times)
  • Agency practices, including printing out electronic documents to archive, make it more likely for government data to be destroyed. (Nextgov)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for the week of 6/21-6/25:


  • Examining the Filibuster, Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, Wednesday, June 23, 10 a.m., 305-Russell, Live Stream


  • Government 2.0: How Federal Agencies Use Social Media and Other Web 2.0 Technologies, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives, Thursday, June 24, 2 p.m., 2154 Rayburn, Live Stream

Relevant bills introduced last Friday:

  • None

Transparency events scheduled for the week of 6/21-6/25:

  • Transparency Made Easy: How to Make the Government More Open and Accountable, Tuesday, June 22, 2 p.m.-3:15 p.m., 2203-Rayburn.

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