Sunshine Week 2011 Event & Webcast – The Road Forward on Open Government

An archived version of the webcast is available here
at the Center for American Progress. You can also watch clips of each of the panelists, and the Q&A here for Panel 1 and here for Panel 2, or the CSPAN broadcast here.


Friday, March 18, 2011, 12:00 – 1:30 (EDT)


Two years ago President Obama committed his Administration "to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government." Toward this end, the Administration has issued policy changes: a new Memorandum on Freedom of Information Act and Attorney General Guidelines, a new Executive Order (EO) on Classified National Security Information, and a new EO on Controlled Unclassified Information. To help meet the goal of embedding openness in the government, the Administration also has taken steps to make information more available and usable by the public, including setting up and requiring agencies to draw up plans to hard-wire openness into the way the government operates. Agencies have taken up the challenge, but more needs to be done.

During this event transparency experts from inside and outside government discussed how these initiatives are being put into practice — from both a policy and a technical standpoint — and what more we can and should expect the Administration to do to meet its goal. Panelists took questions from the live and viewing audience.

The first panel covered the policy aspects of the Administration’s Open Government Initiative. The panelists are David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, Steven P. Croley, Special Assistant to the President for Justice and Regulatory Policy, White House Domestic Policy Council, and Gary Bass, Executive Director, OMB Watch.

During the second panel, our panelists discussed the effect technology has on the way people get and use information, how the government is trying to fill that need, and the strengths and limitations of the Administration’s approach. The panelists are: Jennifer LaFleur, Director of Computer-Assisted Reporting at ProPublica ; Tom Lee, Director of Sunlight Labs at the Sunlight Foundation; and Sheila Krumholz, Executive Director of the Center for Responsive Politics, and Todd Park, Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The event was live webcast from the Center for American Progress.

The panel discussion will be shown at locally hosted discussions in communities across the country. Please email Amy Bennett or call us at 202-332-6736 for information on how to host your own event.


The event was held at the Center for American Progress (1333 H Street, NW) and webcast to sites around the country.

Please email

Amy Bennett

or call us at 202-332-6736 for information on how to host your own event.


The event will be held on Friday, March 18, 2018 12:00- 1:30pm (EDT).


The first national "Sunshine Week: Your Right to Know" was launched in March 2005 and was celebrated in 2011 from March 13-19. Sunshine Week’s intent is to raise awareness of the importance of open government to everyone in the community, not just journalists.


Sunshine Week 2011 National Dialogue is brought to you in celebration of Sunshine Week by the American Association of Law Libraries, American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, Center for American Progress, League of Women Voters, National Freedom of Information Coalition, OMB Watch,, Project On Government Oversight, Sunshine Week, Special Libraries Association, and the Sunlight Foundation.