Here is Friday’s look at transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.
- The new government strategy from the Executive Office of the President to prevent leaks was leaked to the press. (Tech Dirt)
- Two Republicans, incumbent Pete Sessions of Texas and freshman Mike Fitzpatrick, missed Wednesday’s swearing ceremony because they were at a fundraiserin the Capitol Visitors Center. (Huffington Post) Fitzpatrick claimed it was not a fundraiser. (Roll Call $)
- Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and 28 other House Republicans introduced legislation to do away with the informal, paid advisers President Obama has employed over the past two years. (The Hill)
- A group of junior Democratic senators are pushing for committee chairmen to stand for election at the beginning of each Congress, a requirement that has not been in effect for years. (The Hill)
- President Obama has chosen William Daley to be his new chief of staff, elevating interim chief Pete Rouse to the role of councilor to the president. (The Hill) Gene Sperling will serve as director of the national economic council. (The Hill)
- Rep. Gabrielle Giffords introduced a measure that would stop members of Congress from receiving an automatic pay raise in 2012. It would also reduce the salaries of lawmakers by 5 percent in the 113th Congress the next time a pay reduction would be possible. (The Hill)
- Minority Whip Steny Hoyer introduced a resolution Thursday that would restore the Delegates and Resident Commissioners right to vote in the House Committee of the Whole. (Roll Call $)
- In his scramble Thursday to address votes taken by Reps. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) and Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) before they were sworn in to the 112th Congress, Rules Chairman David Dreier proposed nullifying the votes. (Roll Call $)
- The House agreed Thursday to a resolution that cuts all committee, leadership and Member office budgets by 5 percent and slices 9 percent off the Appropriations Committee budget. (Roll Call $)
- Filibuster reform and the elimination of secret holds are possibilities under consideration in the new Congress. (Politico)
- Tax reform made its way up the list of Senate priorities on Thursday, with both Senate leaders on board with examining the code. (Politico)
- Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday rolled out a series of cuts and efficiencies he hopes will preempt more aggressive cost-cutting from Congress, making the case that he should control how the Pentagon slims down and reshapes itself in the dawning era of slimmer budgets. (Politico)(Federal Times)
- A former CIA operations officer was arrested in St. Louis today on a 10-count indictment for allegedly disclosing national defense information. (Politico)
- The House Republican Conference gives members strict communication and messaging instructions for the first week of the 112th. (Next Gov)
Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 1/7:
Relevant bills introduced:
- H.R. 60. A bill to repeal the expansion of information reporting requirements for payments of $600 or more to corporations, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Ways and Means.
- H.R. 61. A bill to amend title 5, United States Code, to require Federal employees to use coach-class air travel in the United States except in limited circumstances, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
- H.R. 59. A bill to define advisors often characterized as Czars and to provide that appropriated funds may not be used to pay for any salaries and expenses associated with such advisors; to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
- H.R. 87. A bill to repeal the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act; to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committees on Agriculture, Energy and Commerce, the Judiciary, the Budget, Oversight and Government Reform, Ways and Means, and Small Business, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
- H.R. 122. A bill to amend title 5, United States Code, to limit the circumstances in which official time may be used by a Federal employee; to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
- H.R. 124. A bill to provide that rates of pay for Members of Congress shall not be adjusted under section 601(a)(2) of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 in the year following any fiscal year in which outlays of the United States exceed receipts of the United States; to the Committee on House Administration, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Transparency events scheduled for 1/7: