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 ethics committee confirmed it is reviewing allegations against Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY), Tom Price (R-GA), and John Campbell (R-CA) in regards to their fundraising efforts before the 2009 financial reform vote. (Roll Call $)(Politico)
  • Blake Chisam, the staff director and chief counsel for the House ethics committee, has resigned from his post and could leave as early as this week. (Politico)(The Hill)
  • Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act passed Senate on Friday, but has been possibly derailed by Rep. Hoekstra’s objection that as the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, he had not been properly consulted. (Washington Post)
  • Incoming Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced that he will nominate Dan Strodel as Chief Administrative Officer of the House in January. (Roll Call $)
  • Reps. Cummings and Maloney are still competing for the top Democrat position on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. (Wall Street Journal)
  • A study shows that regulatory enforcement has increased during the Obama administration. (Federal Times)
  • Cybersecurity specialists point to the vulnerabilities agencies face as they shift to cloud computing. (Next Gov)
  • Senate leaders and top appropriators from both parties racked up over $2.2 billion in earmarks in the $1.1 trillion spending bill under consideration during the final days of the 111th Congress. (Politico)(Washington Post)
  • Net Neutrality lobbyists, including Benedictine nuns in Kansas and lobbying giants such as AT&T, step up their FCC lobbying efforts. (Roll Call $)(Wall Street Journal)
  • The FEC decided that cellphone companies business practices do not meet election law guidelines, and the industry would have to make serious changes before attempting to transfer contributions to congressional or presidential campaigns. (Politico)
  • Rep. Rogers is considering whether cutting the extra staff that work in the personal offices of some senior Appropriations members can be assigned work outside the scope of the committee. (Politico)
  • Two alternative structures of human organization – decentralized digital networks and centralized hierarchies – can be both mutually beneficial and destructive. (Tech President)
  • Harvard study argues that 1) groups who track online activism are at risk of overemphasizing its effect andunder appreciatingthe importance and difficulty of real politicalorganizingin certain places and that 2) the internet may be good for developing and encouraging the mob mentality. (Tech President)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 12/16:

  • None.

Relevant bills introduced:

  • None.

Transparency events scheduled for 12/16:

  • None.

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