Here is Tuesday’s look at transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.
- Filibuster reform will be addressed later in January, not on Wednesday.(The Hill). Democrats are struggling to unite behind a single filibuster reform plan. (Politico)
- The House Ethics Committee cited insufficient evidence and closed an investigation Friday into whether six lawmakers misused official travel funds. (Roll Call $)
- House Republicans have scheduled the vote for Speaker for early Wednesday afternoon. (Roll Call $)
- Incoming Minority Whip Steny Hoyer has been considering forming an intra-Caucus task force to help Democratic Members improve their floor strategy as they transition back into the minority. (Roll Call $)
- Incoming Speaker Boehner announced that he will promote House Deputy General Counsel Kerry Kircher to the position of House General Counsel. (Roll Call $)
- Chairman Issa also said he would lead six major investigations in the first three months of the year, an ambitious goal by conventional standards. (Washington Post)
- White House press secretary Robert Gibbs hosted a Twitter question and answer session yesterday. (Next Gov)
- Doctors who participate in Health and Human Services Department’s Medicare and Medicaid electronic-health records incentive programs andadopt, implement, upgrade or demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health records will receive certain benefits. (Next Gov)
- Next Gov identifies the best and worst federal IT initiatives of 2010, including the strategy for shifting to cloud computing and the move to open source software as best initiatives while a freeze on contractor work and the suspension of federal contractor GTSI Corp. were among the worst. (Next Gov)
- According to the Defense Department Inspector General, the Navy did not validate invoices worth $329.3 million that Northrop Grumman Corp. submitted for development of a remotely piloted aircraft the service will use to conduct high-altitude ocean reconnaissance. (Next Gov)
- A USPS Inspector General audit found that the Postal Service has frequently failed to justify millions of dollars worth of “workshare discounts” given to certain mailers. (Federal Times)
- A report released by the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general indicates that FEMA has not recovered ~$643 million in federal disaster relief funds improperly distributed to ~160,000 victims of Hurricane Katrina and other disasters. (Washington Post)
Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 1/4:
Relevant bills introduced:
- None. Congress is not is session until the first session of the 112th Congress on Wed. 1/5.
Transparency events scheduled for 1/4:
- The Filibuster: A Unique Parliamentary Tool of the Senate. The Heritage Foundation. 2:00-3:00pm. Lehrman Auditorium, 214 Massachusetts Ave, NE,Washington DC, 20002.