Here is Wednesday’s look at transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events. This will be the last review until the new year. Happy holidays!
- According to a draft of the incoming majority’s rules package, the GOP-led House has included new transparency requirements for committees and legislation, expanded term limits for Committee chairmen and provided for a reading of the Constitution on the House floor on the second day of the 112th Congress. (Roll Call$)(Politico)
- Incoming House Speaker John Boehner will retain the independent Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) when the GOP takes control of Congress, even though he opposed its creation. (The Hill)
- Though top House staffers average salaries adjusted for inflation have not increased for two decades and comparable positions in the private sector pay much more, Member offices report few to no problems with turnover among senior staffers, according to a new study. (Roll Call $)(New York Times)(Politico)
- The House approved a bill Dec. 21 that will force agencies to prioritize programs and report quarterly on progress in reducing redundant programs and increasing efficiency. (Federal Times)
- Ethics watchdogs accuse beer and wine wholesalers of timing their campaign donations to reward legislators sponsoring a bill they care about. (Politico)
- House lawmakers approved a last-minute measure extending current levels of government funding through March 4. (The Hill)(Politico)
- Texas gained four new House seats under the numbers released by the Census Bureau on Tuesday, and Democrats and Republicans alike expect a struggle that will be decided in the courts. (The Hill)
- The census shows a significant shift of seats to the South and West. (Roll Call $)(Politico)
Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 12/22:
Relevant bills introduced:
- S. 4050. A bill to amend the Classified Information Procedures Act to improve the protection of classified information and for other purposes.
Transparency events scheduled for 12/22: