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

News Roundup:

  • Bruce Reed will become Vice President Joe Biden’s chief of staff. (Politico)(Roll Call $)
  • A new white paper from the Cornell Law School posits that federal agencies are not likely to be successful in establishing effective and transparent online rulemaking programs until they use Web 2.0 technologies such as social media. (Federal Computer Week)
  • The Pentagon deleted its social media office, claiming that it is better to have all press staff familiar with how to use outlets such as Twitter and Facebook rather than just have one office solely dedicated to using the outlets. (Wired)
  • A new study from the Wesleyan Media Project found that while outside groups spent slightly more on advertisements in House and Senate races in the 2010 cycle relative to the total amount invested in the campaign, their contributions were only a small increase from 2000. (Politico)
  • The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether banks and private-equity firms violated bribery laws in their dealings with sovereign-wealth funds. (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Former Hill staffer Ngozi Pole’s criminal trial regarding allegations that heof stole tens of thousands of dollars in the form of unauthorized pay increases from the office of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) began yesterday. (Roll Call $)
  • Aaron Brauer-Rieke, a fellow at the Center for Democracy and Technology, discusses the concerns and hopes raised by the Obama Administration’s proposed online identity plan. (Tech President)
  • Next Gov evaluates the Obama Administration’s efforts to increase transparency, examining why the public’s trust in government does not seem to be increasing. (Next Gov)
  • Treasury secretary Timothy Geithnerdiscusses tax reform with corporate chief financial officers (The Hill) as the House prepares to address tax reform, with hearings in the Ways and Means committee scheduled for next week. (Politico)
  • Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) will not seek re-election in 2012. (Washington Times)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 1/14:

  • None.

Relevant bills introduced:

  • H.R. 4. 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. 268. A bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to reduce the limit on the amount of certain contributions which may be made to a candidate with respect to an election for Federal office; to the Committee on House Administration.
  • H.R. 269. A bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit the conversion of leadership PAC funds to personal use; to the Committee on House Administration.

Transparency events scheduled for 1/14:

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