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

News Roundup:

  • The Office of Congressional Ethics defended itself from accusations that it is too aggressive in investigating lawmakers. (National Journal)($)
  • Roll Call looked at the earnings of the top 25 lobbying firms in the first half of 2010. (Roll Call)($)
  • The promise of anonymity has earned a political fundraising group tied to Karl Rove and former RNC head Ed Gillespie millions. (Politico)
  • A government audit has found that an Obama administration IT dashboard inaccurate or outdated data. (nextgov)(InformationWeek)
  • The Department of Health and Human Services is working with the health care community to create a catalogue of studies comparing the outcomes of medical treatments. (nextgov)
  • The General Services Administration wants federal contactors to voluntarily report their greenhouse gas emmissions. (nextgov)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 7/21:

  • None

Relevant bills introduced:

  • A bill to require the establishment of a commission on earmark reform, to consolidate and streamline the grants management structure of the Federal Government, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committees on the Budget, and Rules, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned. H.R. 5775
  • A bill to foster transparency about the commercial use of personal information, provide consumers with meaningful choice about the collection, use, and disclosure of such information, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce. H.R. 5777
  • A resolution amending the Rules of the House of Representatives to require that Members’ official websites include congressional earmark requests and video presentations for requests submitted to committees; to the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct. H. Res. 1542

Transparency events scheduled for 7/21:

  • 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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