Category: Sunshine Week

SGI STATEMENT: Senate approves FOIA reform (S. 337)

Media coalition applauds Senate approval of FOIA reforms, calls on House and Senate to work out differences  [PDF version] The media coalition The Sunshine in Government Initiative (SGI) today applauds the approval by unanimous consent of the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016.

Senate FOIA hearing leads off snowy Sunshine Week

Sunshine Week started with lots of snow here in the nation’s capital. With a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee and FOI Day conference at the Newseum already behind us, there’s already been plenty of sunshine to this annual celebration…

Focus on FOIA on the Hill

“On February 25, the U.S. House unanimously passed FOIA reform legislation. The Senate Judiciary Committee will take up FOIA reform ideas in a March 11 hearing scheduled ahead of Sunshine Week (March 16-22).”

#FOIAsurvey update re: FOIAonline

Our efforts to survey federal agencies (@sgichris, #FOIAsurvey) about FOIAonline are starting to bear fruit. We have put out feelers to most of the forty agencies and departments responsible for over 99% of FOIA requests each year, and we can…

Spring cleaning for b(3) provisions

Spring is a time of growth, change, and ritual; for the openness community, that means Sunshine Week, the release of agency annual FOIA reports, and fresh hope that this year will bring more transparency from the federal government. Specifically, this…