March Edition of the E-Bulletin

The March edition of the Washington E-Bulletin is now available on the AALL Government Relations Office Web site. This month, we summarize the bills we’ve been tracking at the federal level, examine Attorney General Holder’s new memo on the Freedom of Information Act and President Obama memos on Signing Statements and Scientific Integrity, and report on a new warning from the Public Interest Declassification Board to President Obama on fundamental problems with the current declassification system.

In addition, we also include a wrap up of this year’s engaging Sunshine Week national webcast, “Opening Doors: Finding the Keys to Open Government” and summaries of local events held by NOCALL and Cuyahoga County Public Library. Thank you to all of law libraries, chapters, and individuals who took part in the Sunshine Week webcast this year. You helped to make the event a success!

Here is the Table of Contents from the March edition:

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

-AALL Launches New Advocacy Toolkit for Members and Chapters

UPDATES FROM THE HILL AND THE GOVERNMENT RELATIONS OFFICE

-Federal Bill Tracking Guide for March 2009
-AALL Applauds Attorney General Holder’s New Memo on Freedom of Information Act
-President Obama Issues Memos on Signing Statements and Scientific Integrity
-National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy Made Permanent
-Declassification Board Warns White House of Major Risks to Openness

OUTSIDE THE BELTWAY: CHAPTER NEWS

-Sunshine Week Webcast Explores Obama’s Open Government Directive
-NOCALL/SLA Host Successful Sunshine Week Program
-Ohio Library and League of Women Voters Host Lively Sunshine Week Discussion

FREE TIME WELL SPENT: Further Reading for the Information Policy Junkie
-Shining the Light: A Collection of Sunshine Week Reports and Readings

[Posted by Emily Feldman]

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