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

News Roundup:

  • OMB Watch has more on Rep. Mike Quigley's (D-IL) new contract transparency bill. (OMB Watch)
  • The Government Accountability Office wants Recovery Act reports to be more easily understood. (OMB Watch)
  • A new Department of Defense interim rule requires more transparency for some defense contracts. (Federal News Radio)
  • The Gulf oil spill is prompting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to define how it manages its data. (Federal Computer Week)
  • K Street executive John Castellani will replace former Rep. Billy Tauzin as the next president of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. (Roll Call)($)
  • Politico looked at Google's efforts to gain influence in Washington. (Politico)
Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 7/16:
  • None
Relevant bills introduced 7/15:
  • A bill to amend the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 to require registrants to pay an annual fee of $50, to impose a penalty of $500 for failure to file timely reports required by that Act, to provide for the use of the funds from such fees and penalties for reviewing and auditing filings by registrants, and for other purposes; to the Committee on the Judiciary. H.R. 5751
  • A bill to make the Federal budget process more transparent and to make future budgets more sustainable; to the Committee on the Budget, and in addition to the Committees on Rules, and Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned. H.R. 5752
Transparency events scheduled for 7/16:
  • None