Here is Monday’s look at the week’s transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.

News Roundup:

  • Two white papers released by the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy assert that the key factors for developing a more open and transparent democracy include increasing broadband access and ensuring a consistent flow of government data into online communities. Tech President
  • The Commission on Wartime Contracting is pushing Defense Department leaders and Congress to decrease dependence on contractors, improve management of contracted programs, and increase spending oversight. Federal TimesCommission on Wartime Contracting
  • Pro-Israel organization J Street began its annual conference and lobbying effort this week. The Hill
  • Former Republican leader Trent Lott, now a senior adviser at Patton Boggs, is still very influential on the hill. Roll Call $
  • San Francisco’s Chief Information Officer has left to replace Beth Noveck as White House Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Innovation. Tech President
  • According to an analysis of public records conducted by ChicagoTalks, a news website produced by Columbia College Chicago, Mayor Daley’s tax increment financing program gave big tax breaks to major downtown businesses while ignoring other neighborhoods. The New York Times
  • After OMB’s success fixing IT systems using techstats, Federal CIO Vivek Kundra says the White House is planning to use cyberstats as a more intense form of oversight to fix security holes in agency networks. Federal News Radio
  • According to Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra, the White House is advocating for a dramatic, disruptive shift in Information Technology strategy which would move federal strategy away from asset ownership and towards service provisioning. Federal Computer Week

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 2/28-3/4:

  • None.

Relevant bills introduced:

  • None.

Transparency events scheduled for 2/28-3/4:

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