Category: Congress

SGI letter on cybersecurity disclosure exemption

[Note: PDF version]   December 15, 2015 The media associations in the Sunshine in Government Initiative oppose a reported change to cybersecurity legislation that would effectively prevent access to any analysis or assessments of cybersecurity threats – whether classified or…

Momentum builds for FOIA reform legislation

After FOIA reformers earned unanimous support in both the House and the Senate last winter, this year transparency groups want to do even better, and see the next round of improvements to the Freedom of Information Act become law. Congress…

Let’s fix FOIA by 50!

In one year on the Fourth of July in 2016, the federal FOIA will celebrate its 50th anniversary. We encourage House and Senate leadership to bring FOIA reform for a full vote in the House and Senate. FOIA reform legislation is…

SGI sends letter to Congress supporting FOIA reform

Ahead of this morning’s scheduled vote by the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on FOIA reform, our media coalition sent the following letter to the Committee’s leaders supporting H.R. 653, the FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act of 2015.…

Leahy-Cornyn bill gives FOIA reform a boost

Prospects for a new round of reforms of FOIA just got brighter as Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and John Cornyn (R-Tex.) introduced legislation to strengthen FOIA on June 24. The bill contains important, commonsense changes to strengthen transparency of the…

Getting serious about FOIA reform

Washington is getting serious about FOIA reform. The House primed the pump before Sunshine Week by passing The FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act of 2014 (H.R. 1211), on a recorded vote of 410-0, building on FOIA’s non-partisan history and burgeoning…