2016 Press Releases

National Archives’ OGIS Celebrates “Sunshine Week” On March 14th
Media Alert · Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Washington, DC

Media Alert
February 16, 2016

Special program to celebrate Open Government and FOIA

Join the Sunshine Week conversation using #SunshineWeek

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WHAT:

Washington, DC…Experts in Open Government, technology and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) will join the National Archives’ Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) to celebrate the Freedom of Information Act’s 50th anniversary and Sunshine Week with an afternoon program. Theevent is free and open to the public but advance registration is recommended. Full schedule and registration information is online

The press is invited to cover the program.

Speakers include experts from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, National Archives, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, American University, MuckRock, GovTrack, Demand Progress, 18F, and the New America Foundation.

Highlights include:

  • Panel discussions on “Using Technology to Open Government from the Outside” and “Technology and Innovation from Inside Government”
  • 15 minute in-depth talks from thought leaders on “The Future of Technology and Open Government.”

WHO:

Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero
OGIS Director James Holzer
First OGIS Director Miriam Nisbet

WHEN:

Monday, March 14, 2016, 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

WHERE:

William G. McGowan Theater, National Archives Museum
Please use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th St., NW.

This program will be live streamed on the US National Archives’ YouTube channel. The webcast will include a captioning option. To request additional accommodations (e.g., a transcript), email amy.bennett@nara.gov or call 202-741-5782.

The Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) is a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) resource for the public and the government. Referred to as the FOIA Ombudsman, OGIS was created within the National Archives when the OPEN Government Act of 2007 amended the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. § 552). OGIS began operations in September 2009, and is charged with providing services to mediate disputes between FOIA requesters and Federal agencies; reviewing policies and procedures of administrative agencies under FOIA; reviewing agency compliance with FOIA; and recommending policy changes to the Congress and President to improve the administration of FOIA. More information online.

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For press information contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at 202-357-5300.

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