U.S. Senate Passes FOIA Reform Bill
UPDATE March 16, 2016 Open Government Groups Call on the White House to Support FOIA Reforms During Sunshine Week (via OpentheGovernment.org)
Note: AALL, ALA, ARL are three of many organizations that have signed the letter sent to President Obama.
From The Hill:
The Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill to expand the public’s access to government records, after a year of delay.
The Senate’s move means both chambers have now passed similar proposals to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Differences will still need to be resolved before the measure makes it to President Obama’s desk — potentially forcing the administration’s hand on a bill it has previously lobbied against.
The House and Senate both passed their respective bills last Congress, but Senate passage came so late that it left no time to merge them. The only solution was to have one chamber pass the other’s exact language. But fighting between the chambers, and outside lobbying pressure, caused reform to die at the end of the session.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.