Government Information

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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 and recovery services provided during natural disasters, libraries have continued to play to role of advocate for the public.

Key Communications

  • Coalition letter to the House and Senate Armed Services Committees regarding a proposed Freedom of Information Act exemption (May 7, 2018)
  • Coalition letter to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in support of the FDLP Modernization Act of 2018, H.R. 5305 (May 4, 2018)
  • Coalition letter to the House and Senate Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee regarding FY 19 funding for the Census Bureau (May 1, 2018)
  • Coalition letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regarding public access to its complaint database (May 1, 2018)
  • Letter from library organizations to House leadership in support of the FDLP Modernization Act, H.R. 5305 (April 18, 2018)
  • Coalition letter to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform regarding a citizenship question on the 2020 decennial Census (April 12, 2018)
  • Coalition letter to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs regarding a citizenship question on the 2020 decennial Census (April 12, 2018)
  • Testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittees on the Legislative Branch regarding funding for the Library of Congress and Government Publishing Office (April 17, 2018)
  • Testimony before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on the Legislative Branch regarding funding for the Library of Congress and Government Publishing Office (April 16, 2018)
  • Coalition letter to Sen. Orrin Hatch regarding provisions of the Geospatial Data Act S.1253 (April 13, 2018)
  • Letter from four library organizations to the House and Senate Subcommittees on Legislative Branch Appropriations regarding a study of grantmaking to Federal Depository Libraries (April 6, 2018)
  • Coalition letter to the Committee on House Administration in support of the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act (April 4, 2018)
  • Letter from ALA, ARL, and AALL in support of the FDLP Modernization Act of 2018 (H.R. 5305)
  • Coalition Letter regarding transparency-related provisions of H.R. 2579, the Secure and Succeed Act of 2018 (February 14, 2018)
  • Coalition Letter to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform regarding a nonproprietary identification code for recipients of federal grants (February 5, 2018)
  • Coalition Letter to the Commerce Department opposing the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census (January 10, 2018)
  • Coalition Letter opposing secrecy provisions of the SECURE Act of 2017, S.2192 (December 15, 2017)
  • Coalition Letter to Congress endorsing the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act (December 11, 2017)
  • Coalition Letter to the Office of Management and Budget regarding removal of online government information (February 13, 2017)
  • Coalition Letter to National Archives and Records Administration re: Improving Management of Federal Web Records (November 14, 2017)
  • Written Testimony of ALA, SLA, and COSLA re: Transforming the GPO (September 26, 2017)
  • Letter to House in support of support of H.R. 3427, the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act
  • Letter to Senate in support of support of S. 1701, the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act
  • Letter and attachment to Committee on House Administration re: Modernizing Title 44 to Ensure Public Access to Government Information
  • Letter to U.S. Justice Department Re: request for data associated with Inauguration Day protests (August 24, 2017)
  • Letter to Karen Russ, Chair of the Depository Library Council, Re: Recommendations for Changes to Title 44 of the U.S. Code. (August 23, 2017)
  • 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 the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs supporting (OPEN) Government Data Act (April 5, 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 supporting the 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 markup of the Equal Access to Congressional Research Service Reports Act of 2016 (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)

Communications and Correspondence Archive


Staff Contact Information

Gavin Baker, Assistant Director
gbaker@alawash.org
 

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