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:

  • Republicans say there are no plans to significantly weaken or eliminate the Office of Congressional Ethics. (Washington Post)
  • Rep. Maxine Waters calls on the House to create a bipartisan task force to investigate the Ethics Committee’s suspension of two lawyers. (Roll Call$)(Politico)
  • Study shows that Members of Congress requested almost 40,000 earmarks exceeding $100 billion for the current fiscal year. (Politico)
  • Some financial experts worry that the push for transparency within the Federal Reserve could ultimately undermine its effectiveness. (The Hill)
  • Rep. Rangel says he will not resign over being censured by the House for 11 ethics violations. (The Hill)
  • Republicans eliminate the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, established by then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi in 2007. (New York Times)
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders wrote a letter to the Federal Reserve requesting more information about the information released last week about the bank’s actions during the economic downturn. (Wall Street Journal)
  • Rep. Kingston, a contender for Chairman of the Appropriations committee, has ideas to cut government spending, including possibly cutting Capitol Police security details, Capitol Visitor Center tour guides, and the Government Printing Office. (Roll Call$)
  • Opinion: Appropriations Committee needs more oversight to reign in government spending. (Politico)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 12/7:


  • Committee on Education and Labor, Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, hearing on a Review of the Independent Audit of the Labor Department’s FY 2010 Consolidated Financial Statements, 2 p.m., 2175 Rayburn House Office Building.

Relevant bills introduced:

  • None

Transparency events scheduled for 12/7

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