Advocacy and Public Policy Correspondence Archive

2019

  • Letter supporting the Notice of Proposed Information Collection Request: Public Libraries Survey FY 2019 - FY 2021 (August 2, 2019)
  • Letter supporting H.R. 292, the Rural Broadband Permitting Efficiency Act (January 11, 2019)

2018

  • Letter urging passage of H.R. 5238, to designate the Major Owens Post Office (December 10, 2018)

2017

  • Coalition Letter to Congress about preserving the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program (November 13, 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 (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)

2016

  • Statement of the Library Copyright Alliance on the Copyright Office's Notice of Inquiry Concerning Section 108 of the Copyright Act (June 16, 2016)
  • Comments of the Library Copyright Alliance on Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (April 1, 2016)
  • Reply Comments of the Library Copyright Alliance on Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (April 1, 2016)
  • Reply Comments of the Owners' Rights Initiative on the Role of Copyright Law with Respect to Software-Enabled Consumer Products (March 18, 2016)
  • Comments of the Library Copyright Alliance on Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (March 10, 2016)
  • ALA joins Statement in Support of Rapid Ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty (February 25, 2016)
  • ALA endorses the Brussels Declaration on Trade and the Internet, which calls for greater transparency in trade agreement negotiation (February 22, 2016)
  • Comments of the Owners' Rights Initiative on the Role of Copyright Law with Respect to Software-Enabled Consumer Products (February 16, 2016)
  • Coalition Statement to House Appropriations Committee re: Funding the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants Program (SSAEG) at $1.65 billion (July 11, 2016)
  • Letter to Senate Legislative Branch Subcommittee on Appropriations Opposing Inclusion of Library of Congress Subject Heading Provision in Legislative Branch Appropriations Legislation or Report (May 18, 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 House and Senate Subcommittees on LHHS Appropriations re: rejecting administration’s FY 2017 proposal to eliminate Impact Aid Federal Properties (April 26, 2016)
  • Testimony before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on LHHS, Education, and Related Agencies (April 15, 2016)
  • Testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on LHHS, Education, and Related Agencies (April 15, 2016)
  • Coalition Letters to House and Senate Appropriations LHHS Subcommittees Requesting Robust Funding for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants (SSAEG), found in Title IV, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) (March 17, 2016)
  • Coalition Letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committees Urging as High a Funding Level as Possible for FY 2017 Labor-HHS 302(b) Allocations (February 22, 2016)
  • Press Release ALA disappointed at White House budget cut to state grants to libraries (February 9, 2016)
  • 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)

2015

  • Letter from ALA and Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) to House and Senate Subcommittees on LHHS Appropriations Urging them to Restore LSTA to Pre-Sequester Levels (November 5, 2015)
  • Press Release: Library Copyright Alliance pleased Librarian of Congress expands film clip exemption (October 27, 2015)
  • Press Release: Libraries laud appeals court affirmation that mass book digitization by Google is 'fair use' (October 16, 2015)
  • Response from the Library Copyright Alliance to the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator's Request for Comments on the Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement (October 15, 2015)
  • Response from the Library Copyright Alliance to the U.S. Copyright Office's Notice of Inquiry on a Mass Digitization Pilot Program (October 9, 2015)
  • Coalition Letter from Re:Create Discussing Modernization of the U.S. Copyright Office (September 29, 2015)
  • Letter to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce and the Senate HELP Committee Regarding Support for School Libraries in the Conference Agreement for ESEA Reauthorization (September 3, 2015)
  • Coalition Letter to Congress from 2,500 Organizations Seeking Sequestration Relief (September 10, 2015)
  • Press Release: Congress Passes Strong Support for U.S. school libraries in Elementary and Secondary Education Act (July 16, 2015)Press Release: ALA advocates for library funding at congressional hearing (April 29, 2015)
  • Testimony submitted by Emily Sheketoff, Executive Director, ALA Washington Office, before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (April 29, 2015)
  • Coalition Letter to House Committee on Appropriations Urging Restoration of FY 2016 302(b) Allocation for Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee (April 20, 2015)
  • Coalition Letter to Senators urging opposition to CISA (S.754) (April 20, 2015)
  • "Dear Appropriator" Letter from Senators to Senate Subcommittee on LHHS Appropriations in support of LSTA (March 27, 2015)
  • "Dear Appropriator" Letter from Senators to Senate Subcommittee on LHHS Appropriations in support of IAL (March 27, 2015)
  • "Dear Appropriator" Letter from Members of Congress to House Subcommittee on LHHS Appropriations in support of LSTA (March 26, 2015)
  • "Dear Appropriator" Letter from Members of Congress to House Subcommittee on LHHS Appropriations in support of IAL (March 26, 2015)
  • Coalition Letter to House Subcommittee on LHHS Appropriations in Support of the Enhancing Education Through Technology Program (March 26, 2015)
  • Coalition Letter to Senate Subcommittee on LHHS Appropriations in Support of the Enhancing Education Through Technology Program (March 26, 2015)
  • Coalition Letter to House and Senate Subcommittees on LHHS Appropriations in Support of Impact Aid (March 23, 2015)
  • Coalition Letter to Sen. Alexander and Sen. Murray Requesting Incorporation of Section 1251 of SKILLS Act (S.312) into ESEA Reauthorization (March 16, 2015)
  • Coalition Letter Requesting White House Actions in Commemoration of Sunshine Week 2015 (March 10, 2015)
  • Coalition Letter to Sen. Murray Requesting Incorporation of Section 1251 of SKILLS Act (S.312) into ESEA Reauthorization (March 6, 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 Representative or Senator urging lawmakers to replace sequestration with a balanced approach to deficit reduction (February 18, 2015)
  • Coalition Letter to President Obama in Support of Marrakesh Treaty (February 12, 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)
  • Coalition Letters to the House and Senate Judiciary Committee leadership to support passage of the Email Privacy Act (H.R.699) and ECPA Amendments Act of 2015 (S.356).
  • Response from the Library Copyright Alliance to the U.S. Copyright Office's Notice of Inquiry on Copyright Protection for Certain Visual Works (July 23, 2015)
  • Response from the Library Copyright Alliance to the Copyright Office's Orphan Works Report (June 15, 2015)
  • Press Release: ALA president calls for digital transformation of Copyright Office (June 12, 2015)
  • Coalition Letter to President Obama in Support of Marrakesh Treaty (February 12, 2015)
  • Press Release: Senate passage of Every Student Succeeds Act Boosts U.S. School Children’s Chances of 21st Century Success (December 9, 2015)
  • Letter to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce and the Senate HELP Committee Leadership in Support of the Every Student Succeeds Act (December 2, 2015)
  • Coalition Letter to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce and the Senate HELP Committee Urging the Retention of the I-TECH Program in ESEA Reauthorization (October 5, 2015)
  • Coalition Letter to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce and the Senate HELP Committee Regarding Support for the 21st Century Community Learning Center in the Conference Agreement for ESEA Reauthorization (September 22, 2015)
  • Letter to Sen. Alexander and Sen. Murray to maintain the Literacy and Arts Education Program in ESEA Reauthorization (October 27, 2015)
  • 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)

2014

  • Letter to the Department of Education urging them to include public libraries as early learning partners in the Proposed Requirements for School Improvement Grants (August 26, 2014)
  • Comments to GPO in response to their recent call for feedback regarding increased flexibility to a regional depository library’s discard policy. (July 23, 2014)
  • Letter to Mike Kruger, Director of Digital Engagement of the Office of Public Affairs at the Department of Commerce expressing interest in the formation of their new Data Advisory Council and the importance of a librarian being included as a member of the Council. (May 22, 2014)
  • Coalition Letter to Chairman Schumer and Ranking Member Roberts of the Senate’s Committee on Rules & Administration, thanking them for their leadership in reporting the Government Publishing Office Act of 2014 (S. 1947) to the full Senate. (May 22, 2014)
  • Letter to the House to express strong support for the bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (May 21, 2014)
  • Coalition Letter thanking the Government Printing Office and Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks for hosting the 2014 Depository Library Council Meeting and Federal Depository Library Conference (May 13, 2014)
  • Coalition Letter to Eric Holder, Attorney General of the United States about open government information. (May 6, 2014)
  • Coalition Letter to the Senate and House’s Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education and Related Agencies urging them to “reject the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal to eliminate funding for Impact Aid Federal Properties”. (April 16, 2014)
  • Coalition Letter to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Armed Services Committee to “express our support for H.R. 4372, the Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act (April 1, 2014)
  • Coalition Letter to express support for markup and passage of the USA FREEDOM Act (H.R.3361) (March 24, 2014)
  • Coalition Letter to Chairman Lamar Smith and Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space and Technology expressing opposition to Section 303 of the FIRST Act. (March 13, 2014)
  • Coalition Letter to Congress asking that $163.6 billion be allocated to the House and Senate Labor, Health, and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittees for FY 2015. (March 12, 2014)
  • Coalition Letter to President Obama, urging him “to expedite the declassification of the report by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) on the interrogation and detention practices of the CIA." (March 10, 2014)
  • Amicus brief filed in David Leon Riley v. State of California and United States v. Brima Wurie, two Supreme Court cases examining the constitutionality of cell phone searches after police arrests. (March 5, 2014)
  • Coalition Letter urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to implement a Connect America Fund mechanism for small, rural, rate-of-return-regulated carriers (February 24, 2014)
  • Coalition Letter to members of the House of Representatives urging them to vote for H.R. 1211, the FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act of 2014. (February 10, 2014)
  • Coalition Letter to the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to petition for OSTP to conduct a public comment process on big data and the future of privacy. (January 22, 2014)
  • Coalition Letter to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to "respectfully requests that you reconsider the decision to discontinue distribution of the Open Source Center’s translations of foreign news media." (January 14, 2014)
  • Coalition Letter to Chairman Issa and Ranking Member Cummings of the House of Representatives' Oversight and Government Reform Committee regarding H.R. 1233.