Sunshine Week: Department of Justice on FOIA

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.

Attorney General Eric Holder

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

About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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