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Watch: Freedom of Information Day 2015

On March 13th, presented two panels in partnership with the Newseum Institute, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Sunshine in Government Initiative, and the American Library Association.

The 16th Annual National Freedom of Information Day Conference: March 13, 2015

The conference will begin at 8:15 a.m. and end after a midday program. It will be held at the Knight Studio at the Newseum. Attendees should use the “C Street” (Group) entrance to the Newseum, which will open at 7:45 a.m. for this program only. Admission to the FOI Day program is not paid admission to the Newseum, which opens at 9 a.m.

RSVP: FOI Day March 13, 2015

The 16th annual FOI Day program will feature a discussion of “Open Government: Successes, Challenges, Prospects,” presented by, a discussion of the first ten years of the “Sunshine Week” national open records initiative, presented by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the American Society of News Editors, and much more. Learn about the complete program here.

Join on March 14 to Celebrate Sunshine Week at the Newseum

In conjunction with our friends at the Newseum Institute, we are pleased to invite you to help us kick-off Sunshine Week 2014 at the National Freedom of Information Day Celebration on Friday, March 14. You can join live at the Newseum --reserve your seat now by registering online -- or via webcast

Save the Date for Coalition Partner Sunshine Week Events!

Friday, March 14:
National Freedom of Information Day Event, 8:30am-afternoon
Location: Newseum
Sponsors:, the Newseum Institute, American Association of Law Libraries, Association of Research Libraries, Center for Effective Government, Project On Government Oversight, Special Libraries Association, Sunlight Foundation, Sunshine in Government Initiative

January Town Hall Planned for Early Sunshine Week Talks

In mid-January will be hosting a community "town hall" to help groups share their early plans for Sunshine Week 2014 (March 16 - 22). As you likely know, Sunshine Week, which is centered around James Madison's birthday, is a national initiative to promote public understanding of open government issues.’s Sunshine Week Event on March 15

Sunshine Week 2013 will take place March 10th to 16th, throughout Washington, DC, and across the United States. On Friday, March 15th, and the First Amendment Center will host a Sunshine Week celebration of National Freedom of Information Day at the Newseum in Washington, DC. Download the agenda HERE.

Partners and Friends Celebrating Sunshine

We’re happy to join with 11 of our partners as co-sponsors of a March 15th Sunshine Week event. An agenda and registration information are available here. But Sunshine Week is a nationwide celebration.

Sunshine Week in the Government

The sun will shine a little brighter in the halls of two branches of government this Sunshine Week. Below are events the government has scheduled thus far. Be on the lookout for notices of hearings from other committees and agencies, including the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform, and visit for a full line-up of events.

Sunshine Week 2012 Discussion - Secrecy, Disclosure and the Risks for Security and Accountability

All too often government openness and national security are thought of as opposing national interests and values. In reality, though, openness and security are not always in contention. On Friday, March 16 we hosted two panels of experts to dicuss the practice and policy keeping and telling secrets in America. 

The Classified Section

Check out our new blog, The Classified Section, for analysis of national security secrecy.

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