Here is Wednesday's look at transparency-related news items, todays congressional committee hearings, and transparency-related bills introduced in Congress yesterday.

News Roundup:

  • Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) today introduced the Senate version of the Public Online Information Act, which requires the government to put already publicly available information online. (The Billings Gazette)
  • Federal agencies must now contact recipients of stimulus funds about filing mandatory spending reports. (Government Executive Magazine)
  • The Government Printing Office has launched BookTalk, a new blog about the thousands of reports and publications put out by the government every year. (BookTalk) (The Washington Post)
  • About 130 companies and businesses are pressuring House Republicans and Democrats to exclude targeted tariff benefits from the earmark ban adopted this year in the House. (National Journal)($)
  • Oil spill lobbying news:
    • Roll Call takes a look at the lobbying efforts of environmental groups in the wake of the Gulf Coast oil spill. (Roll Call)($)
    • Talking Points Memo looks at lobbyists being deployed by the oil industry. (Talking Points Memo)
Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 5/6:

Senate:

  • Hearings to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2011 for the Department of Justice, Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, Thurs, May 6, 10 a.m., Dirksen-192
House:
  • Hearing on the following bills: H.R. 4700, Transparency in All Health Care Pricing Act of 2010; H.R. 2249, Health Care Price Transparency Promotion Act of 2009; and H.R. 4803, Patients Right to Know Act; Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health, Thurs, May 6, 10 a.m., Rayburn-2123
  • Hearing on H.R. 5175, To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit foreign influence in Federal elections, to prohibit government contractors from making expenditures with respect to such elections, and to establish additional disclosure requirements with respect to spending in such elections, and for other purposes, Committee on House Administration, Thurs, May 6, 11 a.m., Longworth-1310
Relevant bills introduced 5/5:

Senate:

  • None
House:
  • None