Here is Friday’s look at transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.
- After an intense lobbying campaign, Boeing defeated European Aeronautic Defence and Space to win a $35 billion contract to build aerial tankers for the Air Force. The HillPolitico
- According to Gen. David Petraeus, the Pentagon is preparing to investigate allegations that a top U.S. commander in Afghanistan ordered a “psychological operations” team in Afghanistan to manipulate visiting members of Congress into working to increase troops and funding for the war there. Politico
- Mayors across the country are hoping that newly elected Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel will lobby President Obama on behalf of local communities. The Hill
- Top Democrat on the Ethics Committee, Rep. Linda Sanchez (CA), neglected to report mortgage details and a home-equity line on her congressionally required financial disclosure forms. Politico
- After a prank phone call from a Buffalo Beast reporter pretending to be wealthy funder David Koch, many are concerned Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is guilty of breaking Wisconsin’s strict ethics rules. PR Watch
- Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) , subpoenaed two Department of Homeland Security officials who are responsible for its Freedom of Information Act requests. The HillPolitico
- Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has established a new legal defense fund to help him fight his Texas money laundering conviction. Politico
- The Wisconsin State Assembly passed Gov. Scott Walker’s budget bill in a 51-17 vote. Wall Street Journal
- A new report by the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan shows that federal contract waste, fraud, and abuse can” run into the tens of billions” for contingency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Project on Government Oversight
- A Freedom of Information Act request submitted by the New York Post shows that the Securities and Exchange Commission has received 168 tips since the start of it’s new whistleblower bounty program last July. Main Justice
- As legislators pursue budget cuts, they are realizing that many federal programs fall into a gray zone, somewhere between “worthy and wasteful.” Washington Post
- AmericaSpeaks founder and president, Carolyn Lukensmeyer, suggests ways to take the best in-person communications strategies and apply them to the web to increase public engagement. Federal News Radio
- With the increase in data being collected through streaming, government officials will need to redesign their data management strategies. Federal Computer Week
- Rick Wiley has been hired as the Republican National Committee’s new political director. Roll Call $
Relevant bills introduced:
Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 2/25:
Transparency events scheduled for 2/25:
- FSOC and Systemically Important Designation. U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 9:00-11:00am. Herman Lay Room. 1615 H Street, NW. Washington, DC. 20062.
- Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy Roundtable. The Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. 9:00am-12:00pm. Live Webcast.