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

News Roundup:

  • Majority Leader Reid announced a new 2011 schedule that includes a longer January break. (Roll Call $)
  • After closing a number of high-profile investigations of members of Congress, the Justice Department has drawn criticism regarding its ability to fight corruption. (New York Times)
  • F.E.C. staff lawyers submitted a confidential report in March stating that Mr. Ensigns parents and his campaign treasurer appeared to have violated campaign finance law when the parents made the payment to the family of his mistress, Cynthia Hampton, who worked for his campaign. The commission rejected this suggestion to pursue a full investigation 5-0. (New York Times)
  • The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will pass Internet line regulations for the first time ever today. (The Hill)(Washington Times)
  • Social Media is making it more difficult for federal agencies to maintain accurate records as the agencies try to gather data from numerous different electronic sources. (Next Gov)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 12/21:

  • None.

Relevant bills introduced:

  • None.

Transparency events scheduled for 12/21:

  • None.

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