On his first full day in office, President Obama issued a memorandum on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that directed agencies to adopt a presumption in favor of disclosure. In March 2009, AALL applauded Attorney General Eric Holder when he issued new guidelines to executive branch departments and agencies on the implementation of FOIA that supported the President’s commitment to openness.
To assess the effect these new policies have had on the release of government information and offer practical advice on making FOIA requests, AALL Government Relations Committee member Susan Nevelow Mart will moderate a panel discussion on Tuesday, July 13 from 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. featuring two distinguished speakers:
- Miriam Nisbet, Director of the new Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), will provide an update on the progress her office has made in educating agency staff about new FOIA requirements and in mediating FOIA disputes. AALL was an active participant in the discussions that led to the enactment of the OPEN Government Act of 2007 (P.L. 110-175) and we were very pleased when the new law created the OGIS at NARA.
- Anne Weismann, Chief Counsel for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) will offer her perspective on recent changes to FOIA and discuss how effectively agencies are meeting the new mandates. CREW is responsible for creating GovernmentDocs.org, an online repository that gives the public an unprecedented level of access to government documents by allowing users to browse, search, and review hundreds of thousands of pages acquired through the FOIA and other public disclosure laws.
With such expert speakers, this timely program promises to be a productive and engaging session. We look forward to seeing you there!
Please join us for the The Future of FOIA on Tuesday, July 13 from 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. in CCC-Room 102-106.
[Posted by Emily Feldman]