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Keeping public information public: Records scheduling, retention and destruction

This is the third post in a three-part series on how federal records laws ensure government information is appropriately managed, preserved and made available to the public.(see also part one and part two). Earlier posts in this series discussed the need for the federal government to have a system for…

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ALA invites nominations for 2018 Eileen Cooke State & Local Madison Award

The American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office invites nominations for its Eileen Cooke State & Local Madison Award. The award recognizes an individual or group who has championed, protected, or promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know at the state or local level. The award…

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Keeping public information public: records laws and federal websites

This is the second post in a three-part series (read part one here). In recent years, the internet has become a leading medium for publishing and accessing information, including the huge volume and diversity of information produced by the federal government. While online publishing has created unprecedented opportunities for public…

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ALA invites nominations for 2018 James Madison Award

The American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office invites nominations for its James Madison Award. The award recognizes an individual or group who has championed, protected, or promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know at the national level.  The award is named in honor of President…

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Keeping public information public: an introduction to federal records laws

This is the first post in a three-part series. Part two describes how federal records laws apply to information on government websites.  The federal government generates an almost unimaginable quantity of information, such as medical research, veterans’ service records, regulations and policy documents, and safety inspection records, to name just…

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