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.
- Democrat Senators want to limit the scope of President Obama’s earmark ban to allow excepts such as appropriating money in the event of a national disaster while Republican Senators are advocating for a broad interpretation of the ban. (The Hill)
- Seaport officials across the nation are lobbying Congress to maintain funding for projects which have typically been funded through earmarks. (Roll Call $)
- The Continuing Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2011 contains a provision that would allow competitive sourcing – a practice used during the Bush administration but eliminated while Democrats were in control of Congress. (Federal Computer Week)
- The amount of contractor work waiting to be audited by the Defense Contract Audit Agency has almost quadrupled from 2006 to 2010 while agency staff has only grown by 20 percent during the same time period. (Federal Times)
- The Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS) has contractors worried about how the newly public information will be used and if their proprietary data will be protected. (Washington Post)
- In an interview with Federal News Radio, innovation expert Michael Lennon explains how federal managers can cut spending through transparency and collaboration using an open gov mindset. (Federal News Radio)
- The Interior Department is being hailed as a model for other agencies as it has significantly consolidated IT management, decreasing the number of Chief Information Officers from 37 to one. (Federal Times)
- Sen. Lieberman (I-CT) has reintroduced his cybersecurity bill, this time without what critics deemed an Internet “kill switch” last year. (Federal Computer Week)
- The new Federal Cloud Computing Strategy estimates that the government could save $20 out of the $80 billion currently being spent on information technology by switching to cloud computing. (Federal News Radio)
- Nevadans question the accuracy of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s newly released National Broadband Map. (Government Technology)
- NASA has transitioned to a cloud platform called Nebula to store large amounts of data and allow it to be accessed form any computer, cutting costs and increasing storage capacities. (Federal News Radio)
- Washington lobbyists are advocating for Sen. Ensign to drop out of the reelection race. (Roll Call $)
- The Whistleblower Community submitted an open letter to Attorney General Eric Holder advocating for the removal of Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Glenn Leon, from his position as prosecuting attorney in the Department of Justice’s case against Scott J. Bloch. (Whistleblower Lawyer)
Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 2/22-2/25:
Relevant bills introduced:
- H.R. 808. A bill to establish a Department of Peace; to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committees on Foreign Affairs, the Judiciary, and Education and the Workforce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
- H.R. 819. A bill to prohibit Members of Congress and the President from receiving pay during Government shutdowns; to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on House Administration, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Transparency events scheduled for 2/22-2/25:
- Building an Outline for Your Agency’s Cloud Transformation. Microsoft. Wed. 2/23. 2:00pm. Webinar.
- FSOC and Systemically Important Designation. U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Fri. 2/25. 9:00-11:00am. Herman Lay Room. 1615 H Street, NW. Washington, DC. 20062.