Planning a Successful Sunshine Week Event

Next month, AALL and will host our sixth annual national webcast during Sunshine Week. This year’s event, “The Road Forward on Open Government,” will feature two panels that will assess the Administration’s progress on President Obama’s commitment “to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government.”

The first panel will focus on the challenges and opportunities that the Administration’s Open Government Initiative have created at the Federal level. Speakers include:

  • 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 (invited)
  • Gary Bass, Executive Director, OMB Watch (invited)

The second set of panelists will discuss the ways in which technology is being used to increase access to government data and information, and the potential limitations. Speakers include:

  • Todd Park, Chief Technology Officer U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (invited)
  • Jennifer LaFleur, Director of Computer-Assisted Reporting at ProPublica
  • Tom Lee, Director of Sunlight Labs at the Sunlight Foundation
  • Sheila Krumholz, Executive Director of the Center for Responsive Politics

AALL chapters and sites are highly encouraged to show the webcast and host programs on open government in their communities, or become co-sponsors of local events. As always, participants at sites around the country and at the live event in Washington, D.C. will be able to ask the panelists questions during the program. If you cannot show the program live, there will be a recorded version available shortly after the event.

NOCALL’s Michele Finerty, who has coordinated several excellent local Sunshine Week events, has put together a very useful guide for AALL chapters and members on creating interesting and informative programs. The guide includes sources for identifying local panelists and co-sponsors for the event, as well as NOCALL’s program description and registration form for their 2011 event in Sacramento.

If you are interested in hosting or co-sponsoring an event, please email AALL Advocacy Communications Assistant Emily Feldman.

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