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OTG Testifies on FOIA Reform Priorities

OTG’s Assistant Director Amy Bennett testified the open government community’s priorities for FOIA reform and modernization last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee. In her oral testimony, Bennett recommended that Congress put tighter boundaries on the use of exemption 5 of the FOIA through a public balancing test and time limit on the application of the exemption.

Testimony: Reinvigorating the FOIA for the Digital Age

Full text is below. Watch the testimony here. Amy Bennett's full written testimony is available here

OpenTheGovernment.org Testimony on "Stakeholders' Views on the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

OpenTheGovernment.org Director Patrice McDermott submitted testimony at a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census and National Archives on qualifications for the next Head Archivist of the United States and NARA's obligation to manage electronic records.

OpenTheGovernment.org Written Testimony on "Restoring the Rule of Law"

OpenTheGovernment.org Director Patrice McDermott submitted testimony at a hearing of the Constitution Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee on "Restoring the Rule of Law" held on September 16th, 2008. Several coalition members also submitted testimony.

OpenTheGovernment.org Testimony on the Improving Public Access to Documents Act of 2008

OpenTheGovernment.org Director Patrice McDermott presented testimony at a hearing of the House Committee on Homeland Security's Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk Assessment, along with Meredith Fuchs of the National Security Archive and Caroline Fredrickson of the ACLU, on "controlled unclassified information" (CUI), and H.R.

OpenTheGovernment.org Testimony at NARA Oversight Hearing

Patrice McDermott, Director of OpenTheGovernment.org, testified on May 14, 2008, before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security, at a hearing titled National Archives Oversight: Protecting Our Nation's History for Future Generations.

OpenTheGovernment.org Testimony on the Electronic Communications Preservation Act

Patrice McDermott, Director of OpenTheGovernment.org, testified on April 23, 2008, before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives on the Electronic Communications Preservation Act.

OpenTheGovernment.org Testimony on the Implementation of Executive Order 13392

Patrice McDermott, Director of OpenTheGovernment.org, testified on implementation of Executive Order 13392, President George W. Bush's directive on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) on July 26, 2006, before the House Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Management, Finance, and Accountability.

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