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Tuesday, July 13 • 2:15pm - 3:15pm
J1: The Future of FOIA

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Target Audience: Public services, government documents and administrative librarians who are interested in access to federal documents
Learning Outcomes:
1. Participants will be able to identify the current and potential future changes to the FOIA law in the Obama administration.
2. Participants will gain an understanding of the ways in which FOIA can contribute to their library missions.

The climate for access to government information has changed since the beginning of the Obama Administration. The new president, on his first day in office, famously changed the climate for the FOIA by issuing a statement that agencies should interpret the FOIA be erring on the side of making information available. Speakers from both sides of the table will discuss the implementation of that mandate, and offer practical advice on making FOIA requests. Miriam Nisbet, Director of NARA's Office of Government Information Services, is one of the speakers. The Office of Government Information Services was established by the Open Government Act of 2007, and the office is charged with reviewing FOIA policies and procedures of administrative agencies to make sure they are in compliance with the law. AALL worked for many years to get the Open Government Act developed and passed. The second speaker will be Anne Weismann, Chief Counsel of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW), one of FOIA's most outstanding advocates. CREW has made many memorable FOIA requests, and maintains an archive of the documents it has secured.

Tuesday July 13, 2010 2:15pm - 3:15pm MDT
CCC-Room 102-106

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