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Contact: Chris Green or Patrice McDermott, (202) 332-6736
info at openthegovernment.org
Join Patrice McDermott, Director of OpenTheGovernment.org and two panels of experts in a national dialogue addressing issues of access to government information, including executive branch power and secrecy, congressional rights and responsibilities, and the role of the public and non-profit sector. The event will begin with a lively discussion of the issues and end with ideas for action and new and exciting ways to find and use government information. Two opportunities for questions and answers will be provided.
This dialogue with government openness experts - followed by local programs at sites across the country - is part of Sunshine Week 2008.
Patrice McDermott (moderator), Director of OpenTheGovernment.org
Ann Beeson, Director of U.S. Programs at the Open Society Institute and previously Associate Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union
Mickey Edwards, Director of the Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership and former Republican member of Congress from Oklahoma for 16 years (1977-92)
John Podesta, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for American Progress, Chief of Staff to President William J. Clinton from October 1998 until January 2001, and formerly in senior staff positions in Congress
Greg Elin (moderator), Sunlight Labs
Bill Allison, Sunlight Foundation
Sheila Krumholz, Center for Responsive Politics/OpenSecrets.org
David Moore, OpenCongress.org
Sean Moulton, FedSpending.org
Daniel X. O'Neil, EveryBlock
WHEN/WHERE: March 19, 2008 1:00pm- 2:30pm EDT, webcast from the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. to sites around the country. Satellite downlink available for a fee.
Visit www.OpenTheGovernment.org for a list of venues, registration information, and more.