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

News Roundup:

  • House Republicans and Democrats have announced their respective leadership teams for the 112th Congress. (Politico)
  • John Boehner was unanimously voted Speaker by the Republican caucus. (Politico)
  • Nancy Pelosi won her bid to remain House Minority Leader by a wide margin but with clear evidence of a divided caucus. (The Hill)(Roll Call)($)
  • The House Ethics Committee will meet today to determine the fate of Representative Charlie Rangel. (Washington Post)
  • Citing four decades of service, Rangel asks for mercy in his sentencing. (Politico)
  • Any attempts to weaken the Office of Congressional Ethics by incoming Speaker Boehner can be expected to receive harsh criticism from his home-state Tea Party. (The Hill)
  • In a closed-door meeting yesterday, Senate Democrats debated the merit of an earmark ban. (Politico)
  • The federal government’s improper contractor and entitlement payments rose to $125 billion in fiscal 2010 a $15 billion increase from the previous year. (Washington Post)
  • Democratic Senators push for more transparency in the convoluted negotiations between television stations and distributors. (New York Times)
  • House leaders Boehner and Reid met yesterday to start developing a productive working relationship. (Roll Call)($)
  • Leaked State Department emails indicate that the agency’s Inspector General may lack independence in his role. (Project On Government Oversight)
  • Presumptive Oversight Committee Chairman Issa’s message to federal inspectors-general: You’ll be busy. (Wall Street Journal)($)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 11/18:

  • Dodaro Nomination Hearing, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, 11/18, 2:00pm, 342 Dirksen Senate Building,livestream.
  • Afghanistan Reconstruction Contracts Oversight, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, 11/18, 3:30pm, 342 Dirksen Senate Building,livestream.

Relevant bills introduced:

  • S. 3961, A bill to amend the E-Government Act of 2002 (44 U.S.C. 3501 note) to reform the electronic rulemaking process; to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

Transparency events scheduled for 11/18:

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