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.

The annual FOI Day Conference is hosted by the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center in cooperation with and the American Library Association. It brings together access advocates, government officials, judges, lawyers, librarians, journalists, educators and others to discuss timely issues related to transparency in government and freedom of information laws and practices.

The program is open to the public, but seating is limited. To reserve a seat, please contact Ashlie Hampton, at 202-292-6288, or

The American Library Association will announce this year’s recipient of the James Madison Award, presented annually by the ALA to individuals or groups that have championed, protected and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know.

This year’s program will feature a discussion of “Open Government: Successes, Challenges, Prospects,” presented by This discussion will include two panels. The first will include:

  • Sean Moulton, Center for Effective Government (Moderator)
  • Sean Vitka, Sunlight Foundation
  • Shanna Devine, Government Accountability Project
  • Miriam Nisbet, formerly of OGIS
  • Tom Blanton, National Security Archive
  • Eric Mill, 18F

The second panel will respond to the ideas presented in the first, and will feature:

  • Joe Goldman, Democracy Fund (Moderator)
  • Professor Bruce Cain, Stanford University (via Skype)
  • Charles S. Clark, GovExec 

The event will also include 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, including a preview of a major reporting package from The Associated Press, McClatchy and Gannett/USA Today on a decade of open government activity. Also featured will be remarks by Miriam Nisbet, former director of Office of Government Information Services, National Archives. 

The program will be streamed "live" at

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