Here is Fridays look at transparency-related news items, today’s congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.

News Roundup:

  • Here is more coverage of the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct’s ethics investigation of Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY). (The Washington Post) (The New York Times) (The Wall Street Journal) (Roll Call)($) (National Journal)($)
  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) filed cloture on the Senate version of the DISCLOSE Act, with a vote possible as early as next Tuesday. (Roll Call)($) (The Hill)($)
  • To attract the votes of moderate Republicans and to appease businesses and unions, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has created more exemptions in the Senate DISCLOSE Act. (The Hill) (Politico)
  • Interior Secretary Ken Salazar promised to use his regulatory authority to stop the revolving door problems at his department. (The Washington Post)
  • Federal News Radio talked to Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chief Information Officer Darren Ash about the agency’s transparency efforts. (Federal News Radio)
  • Government Accountability Office warns of the potential conflicts between Web 2.0 technology and government privacy regulations. (Information Week)
  • The Project On Government Oversight highlighted an amusing but thorough overview of the federal FOIA process. (The Project On Government Oversight)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 7/23:

  • None

Relevant bills introduced:

  • None

Transparency events scheduled for 7/23:

  • None

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