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Heads up:  Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) and the congressional lame duck session....

We have heard that it is more than likely that Senator Leahy will bring up ECPA during the Congressional lame duck session in mid-November.  We are waiting to see just what provisions are being changed.  Will keep you all up-to-date as we hear more, although likely we won't hear much until after the November elections. 

More information on ECPA in THOMAS.GOV is at:

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Discussion FDsys has reached one billion retrievals!

by Jessica McGilvray (staff) on Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 10:31 am

Good morning,

In case you didn't see this today, I wanted to share it with you. As the press release states, "Retrievals are measured by the number of times content is viewed or downloaded from FDsys. The one billionth document retrieved on FDsys was a Federal Register notice from the Securities and Exchange Commission."

Jessica

Discussion Update from Washington...

by Jessica McGilvray (staff) on Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 01:57 pm

Happy Tuesday!

I hope that everyone is enjoying the spring weather (it's finally warming up here!).  I wanted to let you know that we have begun a new monthly blog post. I will be compiling the letters that we participate in during the month and will do one post that includes them all.  We hope that this will help to keep you better informed on the goings on in DC. 

Jessica

Discussion COL Program at Annual 2014 - network neutrality & surveillance

by Lynne Bradley-DC (staff) on Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 02:10 pm

Vivian and Maureen were able to get a program slot for Annual 2014 on Monday morning from 8:30 to 10 a.m.  We will have to adapt to the conflict with the Legislation Assembly meeting at the same time.

The intention is to get one or two speakers who will speak to the surveillance issues and network neutrality.  Your comments and ideas welcomed.  Stand by for further information as these plans evolve.

Lynne B.

Discussion Madison and Cooke Awards

by Jessica McGilvray (staff) on Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 08:20 am

On Friday, March 14th the ALA awarded President Barack Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies the 2014 James Madison Award during the 16th Annual Freedom of Information Day in Washington, D.C. The Presidential Review Group received the award for calling for dozens of urgent and practical reforms to the National Security Agency’s unlawful surveillance programs.

The ALA also presented the Open Government Project of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey the Eileen Cooke Award for improving citizen access to public records and meeting files. This award is named for Eileen Cooke, former director of the ALA’s Washington Office, honors an extraordinary leader who has built local grassroots awareness of the importance of access to information. 

For more information on this event, please see this District Dispatch article and/ or the press release.

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Discussion GPO's Webinar: “U.S. Courts Opinions: An FDsys Collection,”

by Jessica McGilvray (staff) on Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 04:41 pm

 

Webinar: U.S. Courts Opinions: An FDsys Collection

 

A live training webinar, “U.S. Courts Opinions: An FDsys Collection,” will be offered on Thursday, April 17, 2014.

 

Webinar: U.S. Courts Opinions: An FDsys Collection

 

A live training webinar, “U.S. Courts Opinions: An FDsys Collection,” will be offered on Thursday, April 17, 2014.

Register today for “U.S. Courts Opinions: An FDsys Collection.”

  • Date: April 17, 2014
  • Start Time: 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Summary: At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to:
    • Identify the courts of the opinions collection on GPO’s Federal Digital System;
    • Navigate the collection; and
    • Find opinions from multiple access points.

The webinar is free, but registration is required. Space is limited on a first-come, first-served basis. Upon registering, you will receive an e-mail confirmation that includes instructions for joining the webinar.

Registration confirmations for the webinar will be sent from sqldba @icohere.com. To ensure delivery of registration confirmations, registrants should configure junk mail or spam filter(s) to permit messages from that email address.

 

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Discussion GPO Approps hearing

by Jessica McGilvray (staff) on Wed, Mar 5, 2014 at 09:47 am

I recently updated the webpage to make note of the below hearing that took place yesterday.

I recently updated the webpage to make note of the below hearing that took place yesterday.

On March 4th the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Appropriations’ Subcommittee on Legislative Branch Appropriations held a budget hearing on the Government Printing Office.  Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks’ spoke and provided her official testimony to the Committee.  

“We are requesting a total of $128,919,000 for FY 2015, an increase of $9,619,000 or 8.1% over the level of funding provided for FY 2014 in P.L. 113-76. The increase is primarily attributable to the Congressional Printing and Binding account due to the currently projected reduction in the availability of unexpended prior year funds to offset new funding requirements. The other significant component of our increased request is for support of GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) and our Composition System Replacement project as well as necessary facilities maintenance and repairs.”

As we move forward with our appropriations asks this year, we will as always, be including GPO.

Please be on the look out for that alert!

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Discussion FOIA bill passed the House!

by Jessica McGilvray (staff) on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 10:21 am

Yesterday the House voted on and passed H.R. 1211, the FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act of 2014.

To get more information on this bill and to view the letter that ALA participated in that was sent to members of the House of Representatives, please visit our webpage.  We will keep you informed as this bill moves to the Senate.

Below is information on an article that I thought might be of interest.

Yesterday the House voted on and passed H.R. 1211, the FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act of 2014.

To get more information on this bill and to view the letter that ALA participated in that was sent to members of the House of Representatives, please visit our webpage.  We will keep you informed as this bill moves to the Senate.

Below is information on an article that I thought might be of interest.

Kasperowicz , P. (2014, February 25). House votes unanimously to fix foia process. The Hill. Retrieved from http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/votes/199254-house-votes-to-fix-foia-process

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File COL-Notes-Feb-12-2014

by Sarah McHone-Chase on Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 03:33 pm

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Discussion Letter to Director of OSTP

by Jessica McGilvray (staff) on Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 10:39 am

On February 10th the ALA joined with a number of organizations in a letter (pdf) to Director John. P. Holdren, Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Executive Office of the President in response to the White House’s plan to perform a comprehensive review of Big Data and The Future of Privacy,  the letter requests that the OSTP solicit public comments so as to encourage meaningful public participation in the development of this policy.

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The Committee on Legislation's charge is to have full responsibility for the Association's total legislative program on all levels – federal, state, and local. To recommend legislative policy and programs for Council approval and to take the necessary steps for implementation. To protest any legislation of executive policy adversely affecting libraries. To seek rulings and interpretations of laws and regulations affecting the welfare and development of libraries.

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