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

News Roundup:

  • Despite saying that he would not lobby after leaving office, former Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT) now says that he wouldn’t rule out the possibility of lobbying for the Motion Picture Association of America, of which he is now the head, in the future. The Hill
  • Appropriator Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) told C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” program that appropriators’ relationships with agencies are going to be important for getting projects funded post-earmark ban. The Hill
  • The Office of Management and Budget has declined to testify at Oversight and Government Reform hearings regarding redundant programs and Postal Service reform. Federal News Radio
  • The National Archives and Records Administration’s mandatory self-assessment survey found that numerous agencies are struggling with data management and record keeping. Federal Computer Week
  • While Medicare has developed a recovery audit program to analyze paid claims, identify overpayments, and tighten provider enrollment, it has not yet developed a process for taking corrective action once vulnerabilities are identified. Center for Public Integrity
  • Republican legislation introduced yesterday would strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. The Hill
  • Lobby Comply takes a look at some of the mashups enabled by data.gov. Lobby Comply Blog

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 3/4:

  • None.

Relevant bills introduced:

  • S. 474. A bill to reform the regulatory process to ensure that small businesses are free to compete and to create jobs, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
  • S. 475. A bill to enact President Obama’s recommendations for program terminations; to the Committee on Appropriations.
  • S. 482. A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from promulgating any regulation concerning, taking action relating to, or taking into consideration the emission of a greenhouse gas to address climate change, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.
  • H.R. 910. A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from promulgating any regulation concerning, taking action relating to, or taking into consideration the emission of a greenhouse gas to address climate change, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.
  • H.J. Res. 46. A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to allow the several States to nullify a law or regulation of the United States; to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Transparency events scheduled for 3/4:

  • None.

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