RSVP for June 28 Open Government Town Hall – FOIA Beyond 50

July 4th, 2016, marks the 50th anniversary of the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) — a key moment to celebrate the law, which has empowered the public with access to government information and provided a critical tool used to raise public awareness of countless acts of waste, fraud, abuse, and illegal actions. As we approach the 50th anniversary of the FOIA, is planning a Town Hall to discuss the future of FOIA beyond its 50th anniversary. The event will provide an opportunity to build on the stories and ideas and to highlight initiatives to improve the FOIA –including new civil society resources and technology advances — that have been featured during the last month as part of the 50 Days of FOIA campaign (#50DaysofFOIA). We also hope to take the FOIA reform legislation, which now appears likely to become law before the statute turns 50, as a starting point. The plan is to begin developing ideas for next steps, especially on how to assure strong FOIA implementation in the next Administration and Congress.

Please RSVP here or by filling out the form below. SEATING IS LIMITED

When: The Town Hall will take place on June 28, 2016, 12pm – 2pm.

Where: If you are in the DC area, please RSVP to join us in person at POGO’s Conference Room (1100 G St, NW, Suite 500 — entrance on 11th Street across from Metro Center). Not in DC? We want to hear from you too! Call-in options will also be available and notification will be sent to those who have RSVP’d. 

*Pizza will be provided.

Additional Resources

Congress sends FOIA reform bill to the President’s desk (OTG)

50 Days of FOIA: Countdown to the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act (OTG)  

Media Coalition Applauds House Approval of FOIA Reforms (Sunlight in Government Initiative)

How Congress Just Improved Transparency: FOIA Reform (Union of Concerned Scientists)

FOIA Reform Adopted after Years-Long Battle (National Security Archive)

FOIA Commands Headlines as Law Approaches 50th Birthday (National Security Archive)

POGO: Passage of FOIA Reform a Victor for Democracy (Project On Government Oversight)  

FOIA Reform Passes Congress in Time for 50th Anniversary (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Celebrating Freedom of Information Act reform in Congress, and the road ahead (Sunlight Foundation)

Updating agency FOIA regulations – DOJ’s guidance and template mostly ignores civil society model FOIA regulations (OTG)

Open government groups call on the White House to repudiate DOJ stance on presumption of openness (OTG)

Open government groups call on the Senate to pass FOIA reforms during Sunshine Week (OTG)


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