Here is Thursday’s look at transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.
- White House staffers often schedule meetings with lobbyists in meeting rooms located outside of the White House where there are no visitor logs or records kept. (Politico)
- New redistricting software, Esri Redevelopment, will enable state and local governments, advocacy groups and citizens to create official, regulation-compliant plans and share them directly with specific stakeholders and the public. (Government Technology)
- The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal challenging Washington’s campaign finance disclosure law, letting stand a Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling upholding state disclosure requirements for political committees, independent expenditures and political advertising. (Lobby Comply Blog)
- A group of over one hundred lawyers from across the country has asked Congress to develop an ethical code of conduct for the Supreme Court and indicate when individual justices should recuse themselves. (The Washington Post)
- 82 out of the 87 Senators who stayed in office into the 112th Congress have confirmed that they did not place a secret hold on the Whisteblower Protection Enhancement Act, leaving only five options left: Sens. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), James Risch (R-ID), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), and David Vitter (R-LA). (Government Accountability Project)
- A new study from ForeSee Results found that a quarter of federal websites surveyed rated high in online transparency, which also correlated with high ratings for customer satisfaction and participation. (Federal Computer Week)
- Thee largest Californian municipality without a system for monitoring and disclosing lobbying activity, Orange County, has passed a new law requiring lobbyist registration starting July 1, 2011. (Lobby Comply Blog)
Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 2/24:
Relevant bills introduced:
Transparency events scheduled for 2/24:
- FOIA Toolkit Demonstration Webinar. Texifter. Thurs. 2/24. 11:00am-12:00pm.