In the spirit of Sunshine Week, and National Freedom of Information Day, Senators Feinstein, Leahy, Cornyn, and Grassley sent letters to the Trump Administration on March 15, 2017, calling for full compliance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and strong implementation of the 2016 FOIA reforms. The letters request information on the specific steps that are underway to carry out the reforms passed last year, and to improve proactive disclosure of information.
Sunshine Week Program
Sunshine Week 2017 will take place March 12th to 18th, throughout Washington, DC, and across the country. On Wednesday, March 15th, OTG is co-sponsoring an event at the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center, featuring a panel discussion hosted by the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) and the Newseum Institute, Accessing Information in the Trump Administration.
On March 11th, OpenTheGovernment.org joined the Newseum Institute, the American Society of News Editors, Sunshine Week, and the American Library Association in hosting National Freedom of Information Day at the Newseum. Among the day’s full schedule of events, OTG organized a mock caucus allowing attendees to weigh in on which of four issues presented they viewed as the top policy priorities for strengthening accountability and open government in 2017.
Sunshine Week 2016 will take place March 13th to 19th, throughout Washington, DC, and across the country.
On March 13th, OpenTheGovernment.org 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 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.
The 16th annual FOI Day program will feature a discussion of “Open Government: Successes, Challenges, Prospects,” presented by OpenTheGovernment.org, 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.
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.
Friday, March 14:
National Freedom of Information Day Event, 8:30am-afternoon
Sponsors: OpenTheGovernment.org, 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
In mid-January OpenTheGovernment.org 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.