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

News Roundup:

  • Senator Daniel Inouye, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the panel would not allow earmarks to be included in this years appropriations bills. (New York Times)(Washington Post)
  • Chairman Issa is refining his request for information regarding agency FOIA request document, additionally asking for copies of emails between key White House officials and interviews with staff at the Department of Homeland Security. (The Hill)
  • Two lobbying firms, the Podesta Group and the Livingston group, made over $400,000 lobbying on behalf of Egypt during the last six months of 2010. (Politico)
  • Transparency goals might suffer if House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and ranking member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) can’t figure out how to cooperate. (Politico)
  • The New Hampshire state legislature has started releasing data on legislation and legislators in a way that allows outside web developers and researchers to easily process and explore. (Tech President)
  • FedEx and UPS spent millions battling in the 111th Congress over a labor provision in the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill. The new version of the bill being considered today by the 112th Congress does not contain the clause that would have put FedEx under the same labor laws as UPS. (The Hill)
  • Former Kennedy aide Ngozi Pole was convicted on five counts of wire fraud and one count of theft of government property. (New York Times)
  • D.C. ethics rules only require lawmakers to declare their outside income sources if an employer or client did business with the city government or stood to gain from pending legislation during the last calendar year. (Washington Times)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 2/2:

  • None.
  • Judiciary. Hearings to examine the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Wed. 2/2. 10:00am. Senate Dirksen Building 226.

Relevant bills introduced:

  • None.

Transparency events scheduled for 2/2:

  • None.

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