Happy March everyone! Here is Tuesday’s look at transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.

News Roundup:

  • In the first six weeks of the 112th Congress, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, has held numerous hearings and engaged in broad oversight. Politico
  • Rep. Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has staffed his team with people who have close ties to industries that could potentially benefit from his investigations. Center for Public Integrity
  • Two years after its launch, Recovery.gov has failed to deliver on Obama’s promise of using the website to create a million citizen inspector generals and let the public be the eyes and ears of stimulus oversight. Tech President
  • GAO finds billions in government waste due to duplicated efforts by government agencies. Center for Public Integrity
  • 38 groups have signed a letter sent to James Billington, Librarian of Congress, urging him to appoint a Congressional Research Service (CRS) director who will work with Congress to allow free, online public access to CRS reports. Project on Government Oversight
  • CEO of Koch Industries, Charles Koch, says his activism is aimed at helping federal, state, and local governments avoid drowning in their increasing debt. He says that his family and his company are “determined to keep contributing and standing up for those politicians, like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who are taking these challenges seriously.” Politico
  • New York City opened its new centralized IT data center yesterday. The center will save the city $100 million by housing the infrastructure for 19 government agencies over the next year and that of over 40 agencies over the next five years. Government Technology
  • New White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has adopted his predecessor’s Twitter handle, @PressSec. It remains to be seen whether he will use the account to collect questions and answer them via video the way Gibbs did. Tech President
  • Rep. Bobby Rush has been named in almost two dozen lawsuits since the 1980s, mainly for being sued over contract disputes and unpaid bills. Due to the specificities of Congressional reporting requirements, Rep. Rush does not need to disclose these controversies in his financial reports. Roll Call $

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 3/1:

  • None.

Relevant bills introduced:

  • None.

Transparency events scheduled for 3/1:

  • None.

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