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:

  • While the goals of redistricting reform cross state and party lines, leaving it up to lawmakers means that it is still a very partisan process. (Roll Call $)
  • At least two freshman House legislators have paid fines for failing to file their personal financial disclosure forms on time. (Roll Call $)
  • The Justice Department is advocating for a maximum prison sentence of 57 months for superlobbyist Paul Magliocchetti, accusing him of “devising one of the largest criminal schemes in UShistory to violate federal campaign finance laws.” (Washington Times)
  • The General Services Administration’s First Fridays Product Testing Program dedicates the first Friday of every month to increase transparency through improving the usability of agency websites. Upcoming websites to be improved include USAjobs.gov. (Nextgov)
  • McCain and his GOP colleagues originally lashed out at Obama for making close-door deals but have relaxed their stance now that they are back in power. (Politico)
  • Agency cloud initiatives aim to reduce the cost of maintaining data and are one of five structural changes in the federal IT reform plan that intends to increase industry engagement, streamline governance, and increase accountability. (Federal Times)
  • Opinion: While we generally like to think that the internet is a decentralized, peer-to-peer, distributed global network, the reality is that the internet works top-down and is heavy on gatekeepers and corporate shaping. (TechPresident)
  • Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele plans to run for reelection. (Washington Post)(Politico)
  • Unions evaluate how well they spent their 2010 campaign donations. (Politico)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 12/14:

  • None.

Relevant bills introduced:

  • None.

Transparency events scheduled for 12/14:

  • None.

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