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New name, new focus for SGI

The Sunshine in Government Initiative, a coalition of media groups promoting open government, early in 2017 re-launched as News Media for Open Government. The coalition will focus on promoting open government as as well as policies and practices that directly affect newsgathering. Read…

FOIA@50: Hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee (July 12, 2016)

SGI Director Rick Blum testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on July 12, 2016

SGI Director Rick Blum testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on July 12, 2016

A panel of witnesses told the Senate Judiciary Committee that technology and better records management were keys to improving the Freedom of Information Act. SGI Director Rick Blum pointed to several stories relying in part on FOIA that helped change government action or otherwise make an impact in communities. The hearing was a chance to celebrate enactment of the Freedom of Information Act Improvement, signed into law on June 30, 2016. Also testifying from the media perspective was Professor Dave Cullier on behalf of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Blum told the Committee that the government should better manage its records.

Amazon does not store goods piled in boxes in its warehouses. It catalogs the row and shelf location for each item so retrieval is efficient enough to have a box on my doorstep in two days. Digital storage and retrieval should speed government responses, not complicate and slow it down.

Read the rest of SGI’s testimony here.