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:

  • Infighting on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee could affect the committee’s oversight duties. (The Huffington Post) (The Washington Post)
  • Ryan Grim looked at the role money played in yesterday’s primary elections in Colorado. (The Huffington Post)
  • Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) pledged to implement a zero-tolerance ethics policy if the republicans gain control of the House, though details were not provided. (The Hill)
  • House members are pushing a corporate records transparency measure that was taken out of the financial regulation law. (nextgov)
  • Here’s more on Rep. Charlie Rangel’s (D-NY) impassioned speech defending himself against corruption charges on the House floor yesterday. (The Washington Post) (Roll Call)($) (National Journal)($)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 8/11:

  • None

Relevant bills introduced:

  • A bill to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Investment Company Act of 1940, and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 to provide for certain disclosures under section 552 of title 5, United States Code, (commonly referred to as the Freedom of Information Act), and for other purposes; to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, 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. 6086
  • A bill to amend title 31, United States Code, to ensure that persons who form corporations in the United States disclose the beneficial owners of those corporations, in order to prevent wrongdoers from exploiting United States corporations for criminal gain, to assist law enforcement in detecting, preventing, and punishing terrorism, money laundering, and other misconduct involving United States corporations, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Financial Services. H.R. 6098
  • A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Labor to publish on an Internet website certain information about the number of veterans who are employed by Federal contractors; to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. H.R. 6103
  • A bill to direct the Secretary of Education to establish a clearinghouse of information on best practices for ocean lifeguard training programs; to the Committee on Education and Labor. H.R. 6106

Transparency events scheduled for 8/11:

  • None

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