Government Information

No-fee public access to government information is the foundation of an informed citizenry. The American Library Association has long fought to ensure that the public continues to enjoy this access.  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.

2016 Government Information / Open Access Fact Sheet

ALA Key Communications

  • 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)
  • Coalition Letter Requesting White House Actions in Commemoration of Sunshine Week 2015 (March 10 2015)
  • Written Statement before the Subcommittee on Government Operations, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, "Ensuring Government Transparency Through FOIA Reform" (February 27 2015)
  • Coalition Letter to Senators Cornyn and Leahy and Representatives Issa and Cummings in support of FOIA modernization (H.R.653; S.337) (February 5 2015)
  • Communications and Correspondence Archive

About OGR

The American Library Association is the nation’s oldest and, at over 55,000 members, the largest organization of library professionals in the nation. As part of the ALA Washington Office, the Office of Government Relations (OGR) is charged with following and influencing legislation, policy and regulatory issues of importance to the library field and the public. In coordination with its sister office, the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), OGR’s mission is to ensure that libraries are consistently, actively and constructively involved in all relevant federal legislative and policy decision-making processes.

Staff Contact Information

Jessica McGilvray
Deputy Director
Office of Government Relations
American Library Association
Washington Office
1615 New Hampshire Ave NW, 1st Floor
Washington, DC 20009-2520
Phone: 202-628-8410
Fax: 202-628-8419       


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