Here is Monday’s look at the week’s transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.
- The American Medical Association is having their annual National Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC next week to discuss their legislative agenda, including capping medical malpractice awards and keeping the health care reform bill largely intact. (Roll Call $)
- On behalf of the Mubarak administration, a team of lobbyists are reminding Congress that Egypt is an important ally whom the United States cannot abandon. (Politico)
- Public safety organizations are pushing Congress to allocate a broadband spectrum to local authorities. Verizon and AT&T, the two companies who already have access to this spectrum, have sided with these organizations. T-Mobile and Sprint, who do not have access, support a plan favored by the FCC to auction of the spectrum and use the proceeds to build communications infrastructure. (Roll Call $)
- Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration bill to increase the number of national airspace system testing sites from four to 10. Watchdogs claim his amendment is an earmark by another name. (Politico)
- Members could benefit from clear guidance regarding per diem allowances while traveling overseas. The State Department standards state that they only have to return unused per diem allowances when they are receiving an enhanced rate. The OCE found that Members are required to return unused allowances even when solely receiving the regular rate. The House Ethics Committee issued an unclear report on the issue. (Roll Call $)
- Just like former Speakers Pelosi and Gingrich, Speaker Boehner refused C-SPAN’s request to install robotic videocameras in the House chamber. (Tech President)
- Ryan Thompson, chief of staff to Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), is leaving Capitol Hill to take a job at Ogilvy Government Relations on K St. (The Hill)
- Blind former New York Gov. David Paterson (D) has signed on as a paid, part-time consultant with the National Federation of the Blind. (Roll Call $)
- Federal agencies are increasingly reliant on contractors but many struggle to manage them due to management weaknesses and internal control deficiencies, thereby exposingbillions in taxpayer dollars to fraud, waste and mismanagement. (The Center for Public Integrity)
Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 2/7-2/11:
Relevant bills introduced:
Transparency events scheduled for 2/7-2/11:
- The Role of Social Media and Online Journalism in the Middle East and North Africa. The National Democratic Institute. Mon. 2/7. 12:00-2:00pm. 2030 M St., NW, 5th Floor.Washington, D.C.
- A Preview of the 112th Congress: Issues and Conflicts. Washington College of Law. Tues. 2/8. 9:00am-4:00pm. 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Washington, DC 20016.Room 603.
- A First Look at the 2010 Decisions of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Washington College of Law. Thurs. 2/10. 5:30-8:30pm. 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Washington, DC 20016.Room 603.
- Tech@State. Office of eDiplomacy, U.S. State Department. Fri. 2/11. 8:00am.320 21st St., NW, Virginia Avenue and 21st St., NW entrance.