Today I attended an event for Sunshine Week, which is a “national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Participants include news media, civic groups, libraries, nonprofits, schools and others interested in the public’s right to know.”
I went to the Department of Justice to hear Attorney General for the U.S. Eric Holder along with four other departments on the state of FOIA.
Holder spoke first. He became the 82nd Attorney General of the U.S. in 2009 by President Obama, who promised to usher in a new level of open government. Holder talked about new measures the DOJ will be implementing: 1) monthly FOIA logs that publicly displays subject matter and disposition of requests 2) a new way to submit requests and track them 3) a search function that allows people to search all federal agencies at once.
A representative from the Social Security Administration, Federal Communications Commission, Nuclear Regulation Commission and Department of Interior also spoke about their department’s progress when it comes to FOI requests.
The talk was short (only 30 minutes) and only served as a way to commemorate the federal government’s attempt to have a more open government.
Tomorrow I will be attending the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.
More information: Washington Post