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:

  • DISCLOSE Act news:
    • Senate Democrats are pinning their hopes for passing the DISCLOSE Act on moderate Republicans such as Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME), but they are proving to be less receptive to passing the bill before the upcoming recess. (The Hill) (Politico)
    • Democrats, however, still appear determined to bring the bill up for a vote in the Senate soon. (National Journal)($) (Hotline)($)
  • Here is the first part of the Washington Post’s big story on the government’s post-9/11 security infrastructure. (The Washington Post)
  • Fox News looked at what new technology and the Internet mean for government transparency. (Fox News)
  • The Federal Times looked at the surprising amount of government openness required by the stimulus. (The Federal Times)
  • The Environmental Protection Agency blogged about government tools you can use to track oil spill data online. (Greenversations)
  • A redesigned Thrift Savings Plan website is attracting new visitors but is also being criticized for glitches. (nextgov)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for the week of 7/19-7/23:

  • Creating Greater Accounting Transparency for Pensioners, House Committee on Education and Labor Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, Tuesday July 20, 10:00 am, 2175 Rayburn, livestream
  • The Role Of The Interior Department In The Deepwater Horizon Disaster, House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, Tuesday, July 20, 10am, 2123 Rayburn, livestream

Relevant bills introduced:

  • None

Transparency events scheduled for the week of 7/19-7/23:

  • Expecting to Change the World: Millennials and Faithful Social Engagement, American Enterprise Institute, Monday, July 19, 6pm 8 pm, Wohlstetter Conference Center, Twelfth Floor, AEI 1150 Seventeenth Street, N.W., Washington, DC, 20036, contact: eric.teetsel@aei.org
  • Leveraging Climate Data and Services to Manage Climate Change, Center for strategic & International Studies, Wednesday, July 21, 2:30 pm 4:30 pm, B1 Conference Center, 1800 K Street, NW Washington DC, 20006, contact: techpolicy@csis.org

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