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

News Roundup:

  • An Securities and Exchange Commission administrative law judge ruled that the agency can’t apply the FOIA exemption granted to it by the financial regulation law to cases that were open before the law took effect. (CNN/Fortune)
  • OMB Watch provided its take on the SEC’s FOIA exemption. (OMB Watch)
  • The House passed a bill that seeks to improve the transparency and accountability of federal advisory committees. (OMB Watch)
  • Democratic Senators are trying to exempt WikiLeaks and similar websites from a bill that would protect reporters who refuse to disclose their sources. (The New York Times)
  • The New York Times profiled Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), who could soon preside over the high-profile ethics trials of Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA). (The New York Times)
  • The Government Accountability Office used government data in an audit showing that nearly 1,500 federal workers received improper Social Security payments. (The Washington Post) (The Washington Post)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 8/4:

  • None

Relevant bills introduced:

  • A bill to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act with regard to certain exemptions under that Act for direct care workers and to improve the systems for the collection and reporting of data relating to the direct care workforce, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S. 3696

Transparency events scheduled for 8/4:

  • None

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