Government Information

No-fee public access to government information is the foundation of an informed citizenry. Libraries have demonstrated their effectiveness in delivering government information of all types to the public. From the Federal Depository Library Program to a variety of e-government services, including emergency response/recovery services provided during natural disasters like Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, libraries have continued to play to role of advocate for the public.

2017 Government Information / Open Access Fact Sheet

ALA Key Communications

  • Letter to Senate re: Endorsement of the Private Prisons Information Act of 2017 (August 3, 2017)
  • Letter to Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies and the House Appropriations Committee regarding the preservation of the U.S. Geological Survey Library and access to its resources (July 10, 2017)
  • Letter to Senate Committee on Armed Services regarding the FOIA in the NDAA budget (June 26, 2017)
  • Coalition Letter to Director of OMB Opposed to Weakening FOIA and Privacy Act through Rulemaking/Other Processes (December 7, 2016)
  • Coalition Letter to House Speaker Ryan and Minority Leader Pelosi on Reforming House Rules Regarding Oversight of the Intelligence Community (Sept. 13, 2016)
  • Coalition Letter to Senate Urging the Passage of the Leahy-Grassley Amendments that would Strike Three Exemptions to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) from the Senate National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2017 (S.2943) (June 8, 2016) 
  • Coalition Letters to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Expressing Support for the Bipartisan Open, Permanent, Electronic, and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act (H.R. 5051; S.2852) (May 6, 2016) 
  • Letter to House Appropriations Committee Requesting Removal of “Library of Congress Classification” Language from Legislative Branch Appropriations Legislation (April 28, 2016)
  • Coalition Letter to the Director of National Intelligence Expressing Appreciation for the Upcoming Fundamental Classification Guidance Review (FCGR) (April 25, 2016)
  • Coalition Letters to the House Committee on House Administration and the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration Urging a Markup of the Equal Access to Congressional Research Service Reports Act of 2016 During the April Work Period (H.R. 4702; S. 2639) (April 6, 2016)
  • Coalition Letter to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) Requesting Change to 32 CFR Part 1704 Allowing ODNI to Charge Requesters as High as $72 per Hour for Mandatory Declassification Review Requests (March 25, 2016)
  • Coalition Letter to President Obama Urging Endorsement of the Bipartisan FOIA Improvement Act (March 16, 2016)
  • Coalition Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Endorsing Immediate Passage of the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 (S.337) (March 14, 2016)
  • Coalition Letters to Sen. Leahy, Sen. McCain, Rep. Lance, & Rep. Quigley Expressing Appreciation Upon the Introduction of the Equal Access to Congressional Research Service Reports Act of 2016 (S.2639; H.R.4702) (March 8, 2016)
  • Coalition Statement on Introduction of the Equal Access to Congressional Research Service Reports Act of 2016 (S.2639; H.R.4702) (March 3, 2016) 
  • ALA endorses the Brussels Declaration on Trade and the Internet, which calls for greater transparency in trade agreement negotiation (February 22, 2016)
  • Coalition Letter to House Leadership regarding the FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act (H.R.653) (January 15, 2016)
  • Coalition Letter to President Obama expressing concern over the failure of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to comply fully with a presidential memorandum on transparency and open government (December 21, 2015)
  • Comments endorsed by ALA on the 2015 Proposed Revision of Circular No. A-130, Managing Information as a Strategic Resource (November 25, 2015)
  • Coalition Letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requesting an extension of the public comment period regarding the proposed revision of the Circular No. A-130, Managing Information as a Strategic Resource (November 12, 2015)
  • Comments on the Proposal to Amend the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Regulations under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (September 28, 2015)
  • Letter to OMB Director Shaun Donovan Regarding Plan for Ongoing Access to Electronic Information During a Government Shutdown (September 22, 2015)
  • Coalition Letter to House and Senate Rules and Administration Committees in Support of Expanded Public Access to CRS Reports (August 24, 2015)
  • Press Release: Libraries cheer passage of strong open access legislation in U.S. Senate (July 29,2015)
  • Coalition Letter to Rep. Chaffetz in Support of Current FOIA Legislation (June 12, 2015)
  • Communications and Correspondence Archive


Staff Contact Information

Gavin Baker
Assistant Director, Office of Government Relations
ALA Washington Office
  

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