Policy Fellow Matt Rumsey wrote this post.
Here is the week’s first look at transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.
- A major donor to the Rick Santorum supporting Red, White, and Blue Fund, Wyoming Millionaire Foster Friess, was at CPAC last week to introduce the former Senator. (National Journal)
- Editorial: The DISCLOSE Act is desperately needed. (New York Times)
- The New Hampshire Legislature passed a law to make open data and open source software included by default in the state’s procurement process. (Tech President)
- A former legislative adviser at the Department of Health and Human Services is joining Group Health Cooperative as its director of federal government relations. In addition to HHS, Madeline Otto has previously worked as a legislative assistant to Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL). (National Journal)
- The Aerospace Industries Association hired their new vice president of acquisition policy from the House Appropriations Committee. William Greenwalt has deep government procurement experience. (Federal Computer Week)
- After a year of high profile anti-corruption protests, a new report shows that state-owned companies have made progress becoming more open. (Transparency International)
- Iran appears to be instituting an internet blackout in advance of protests planned for Tuesday. (Global Voices)
- America Speaks and Global Voices are hosting a webinar to explore how Open Government Partnership countries can more effectively engage with their citizens while developing their OGP Action Plans. (Global Integrity)
Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 2/13-2/17:
- DHS Monitoring of Social Networking and Media. Homeland Security. Thurs. 2/16. 10:00 am. 311 RHOB. Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence.
Relevant bills introduced:
Transparency events scheduled for 2/13-2/17:
- Mobile Technology’s Impact on Political Campaigns in the U.S. and Around the World. Brookings. Tues. 2/14. 2:00-3:30 pm. Falk Auditorium, the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW Washington, DC.
- The End of K Street Deals?: Is Netizen Direct Lobbying the New Norm? GW CSPRI. Wed. 2/15. 12:00-2:00pm. GW, Marvin Center Room 302, 800 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20052.
- DC Social Media Week: Who was Really Behind the Internet Blackout Day? A SOPA & PIPA Case Study. Public Knowledge. Thurs. 2/16 5:30-8:00pm. Buffalo Billiards- Adirondack Room, 330 19th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036.
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