Here is Tuesday’s look at the week’s transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.
- While budget and appropriations issues have ranked as the number one lobbying issue for over a decade, the lobbying pressure is expected to intensify in the face of the White House’s goals to reduce the deficit by $1.1 trillion over the next decade as well as in response to Republican calls for severe spending cuts. (Roll Call $)
- Of the roughly 100 lawmakers who lost their reelection or retired last year, 36 or more are continuing their policy work on K St. All but one have decided not to register as lobbyists, preferring to serve as Policy Advisors while others do the lobbying legwork. (The Hill)
- Federal Judge Rosemary Collyer rejected a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, ruling that the Justice Department was not required to release additional details of a report connected to President George W. Bush’s interrogation programs. (Politico)
- The Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) is investigating Rep. Jean Schmidt’s (R-OH) receipt of legal assistance from a Turkish-American interest group that has represented her a number of times. Her twice-opponent, Democrat David Krikorian, has filed complaints with the OCE alleging that she received free services in violation of House rules. (Roll Call $)
- CAP Senior Fellow Scott Lilly finds that Boehner and House Republicans appear to have included an earmark-by-another-name for the Speaker’s district in the new House Appropriations Continuing Resolution. Funds are being directed to General Electric and Rolls Royce Group plants in both Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio. (Think Progress)
- Neil Barofsky, appointed in 2008 by President Bush to the position of inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), announced that he will be leaving his position at the end of March. (Washington Times)(Politico)
- Agencies are transitioning from just having a presence on certain online platform to strategically developing ways to further utilize these communications outlets. (Federal Computer Week)
- The Congressional Research Service presented a skeptical view of the Obama administration’s Open Government Initiative in a new report that questioned not only the implementation of transparency policy, but also the underlying rationale for released data. (Secrecy News)
- A number of politicos in California have created a nonprofit, The Third Lantern, aimed at investigating Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa. (Politico)
Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 2/15:
- Oversight and Government Reform: Technology Subcommittee. On unfunded mandates and regulatory overreach. 9:30am. 2203 Rayburn House Office Building
Relevant bills introduced:
Transparency events scheduled for 2/15:
- Is Dodd-Frank Constitutional? CATO Institute. 12:00pm. 1000 Massachusetts Avenue, NW. Washington, DC 20001.