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:

  • Some republicans consider adding loopholes to earmark ban. (Politico)
  • Sen. Reid calls last votes of the 111th Congress — which are expected to fail — as a demonstration of the power of filibusters to hamstring Senate action. (Washington Post)
  • Rulemaking is becoming even more important after major laws passed this past congress. (The New York Times)
  • Commemorating the one-year anniversary of the Open Government Directive, the Obama administration asked for public input on ExpertNet,” a new federal initiative seeking to connect people inside government with small outside practitioners. (Tech President)
  • Republicans reveal new, streamlined congressional schedule that they say will make Congress more productive. (The Hill)
  • A Public Integrity investigation found that of the 14 likely Republican candidates for major committee chair positions, 8 received the majority of campaign funds since 2007 from special interest PACs; plus revolving door issues. (Public Integrity)
  • Republicans hire former lobbyists as high-level staffers. (Washington Post)
  • New House Appropriations Chairman, Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY), does not plan to create a new oversight subcommittee (Roll Call $)
  • New Appropriations Chairman has requested $175m in earmarks over the last two years. (Politico)
  • H. Approves to keep legislative approps flat, more or less. (Roll Call $)
  • The Library of Congress National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program is digitally archiving websites from the House of Representatives, Senate, and related entities. (Library of Congress)
  • House approves $1.2 trillion 9-month CR, keeping most federal funding at FY 2010 levels, and adding a 2-year pay freeze for many federal employees. (Wall Street Journal)
  • Joint Chief Vice Chairman points to the value of information sharing. (Federal Times)
  • Blue Dog PAC is losing fundraising support after the majority of members voted for bills such as the Wall Street Reform and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. (Public Integrity)
  • Treasury Department launches new website aimed at facilitating communications with the public, with new data visualizations and a blog. (NextGov)
  • The non-profit organization The Constitution Project recommended expanding the definition of data mining programs to expand federal agency reporting. (NextGov)
  • Prominent Albany lobbyist Patricia Lynch agreed to a $500k fine and 5 year lobbying ban after NY AG Cuomos investigation into the states pension fund resulted in allegations of pay to play. (The New York Times)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 12/9:

  • None.

Relevant bills introduced:

  • H.R. 6506. A bill to amend section 798 of title 18, United States Code, to provide penalties for disclosure of classified information related to certain intelligence activities of the United States, and for other purposes; to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Transparency events scheduled for 12/9:

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