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:

  • Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo introduced legislation on Thursday to create an independent commission to redraw the boundaries for Congressional and state legislative districts, ending the traditional Albany practice of protecting incumbent lawmakers through creatively drawn districts. (New York Times)
  • Senior Democrat on the House Appropriations defense committee, Rep. Norm Dicks, helped create an annual congressional charity tennis tournament that is now sponsored by top defense contractors. (Washington Times)
  • It became clear in a four-hour House Oversight and Government Reform hearing yesterday that both Democrats and Republicans agree about the extent of government waste, but disagree about who is to blame or what would solve the problem. (Government Executive)
  • The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board has modeled its fraud-fighting operation after the intelligence community in an attempt to prevent fraud before it happens through techniques such as predictive modeling. (Federal Times)
  • New York City has started viewing their citizen complaint channel, 311, as an opportunity to increase transparency and build solutions, releasing a map that tracks complaints in real-time. (Government Technology)
  • David Plouffe aggregated preliminary responses to the Advise the Advisor series into a word cloud and identified several general themes of the responses. (WhiteHouse.gov)
  • The FBI is hoping to expand its abilities to intercept online evidence, but some feel that this increased ability would threaten online privacy, security, and innovation. (Huffington Post)
  • The House voted 249-171 to pass an amendment to a government spending bill that would block funding for the Obama administration’s policy czars. (The Hill)(Politico)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 2/18:

  • None.

Relevant bills introduced:

  • S. 410. A bill to provide for media coverage of Federal court proceedings; to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Transparency events scheduled for 2/18:

  • None.

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