ALA Governmental Information Subcommittee Committee
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.
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.”
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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!
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
As we discussed at Midwinter, the World News Connection letter went out prior to the conference on January 22.
The letter can be found here (http://www.ala.org/advocacy/govinfo/opengov) under Access to Government Information. If you prefer a direct link to the letter -- here you go. :) http://www.ala.org/advocacy/sites/ala.org.advocacy/files/content/govinfo...
I hope that everyone is having a wonderful week thus far!