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

News Roundup:

  • The House Republican transition team will begin to review rule and reform proposals submitted by members, in the hopes of producing a rules package by mid- to late December. (Roll Call)($)
  • Speaker-elect John Boehner and Minority Leader-elect Eric Cantor have joined Visible Vote, an application designed to promote transparency and instant communication with elected representatives. (PR Newswire)(National Journal)($)
  • Earmark supporters worry that, under a congressional ban, basic and urgent infrastructure needs will not be met. (New York Times)
  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has come out in support of an earmark ban, has been credited with revitalizing the city of Louisville with his prior earmark requests. (Washington Post)
  • Republican leadership is warning incoming freshman to carefully study House ethics rules. (The Hill)
  • Might Republicans still keep the Office of Congressional Ethics in the next Congress? (The Hill)
  • Representative Charlie Rangel pleads to his colleagues for compassion when the House returns to vote on his censure. (Roll Call)($)
  • The Ethics Committee is entering ‘uncharted territory’ in renewing its investigation of Representative Maxine Waters after already charging her with three counts ofviolatingHouse rules. (Politico)
  • A former aide to Representative Don Young received a sentence for charges stemming from aninvestigation into disgraced ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff. (Roll Call)($)
  • The companies that manufacture full-body scanners for airports are preparing aggressive lobbying strategies to battle any legislative backlash against their devices. (The Hill)(USA Today)
  • In an effort to counter the Republican advantage in third party groups, Democrats arebeginningto create their own PACs. (New York Times)
  • Federalagenciesare looking to improve their IT performance to reduce payment errors. (NextGov)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 11/23:

  • None

Relevant bills introduced:

  • None

Transparency events scheduled for 11/23:

  • 2010 Open Government Conference, Office of the Attorney General, 11/22-11/23, 8:30am 5:00pm, Renaissance Austin Hotel, 9721 Arboretum Boulevard, Austin TX.

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