Open Government

The Washington Office actively engages in promoting the public's right-to-know information created and collected by or for the federal government. The public's right to information has come under steady pressure and challenge since September 11, on the ostensible grounds of "national security" and "sensitive homeland security." Recently, information is being withdrawn, restricted and changed on what seems best characterized as ideological bases.

The challenges to right-to-know impact public access to records of the federal government through statutory restrictions, administrative actions, and Executive Orders. The ability to obtain access over time to government information that is born digital is another problem.

ALA Council Resolutions

Open Government and the Obama Administration

Less Access to Less Information

From 1981 until 1998, the Washington Office published Less Access to Less Information by and about the U.S. Government, a selective chronology of efforts to restrict and privatize government information.