Government Information

FOIA reform unanimously passed by Senate faces final hurdle

It’s taken just over a year for the Senate to vote on S. 337, the FOIA Improvement Act, but its unanimous approval yesterday is a wonderful way to celebrate Sunshine Week 2016! ALA and many other advocates’ attention will now be focused on clearing the final hurdles to marking FOIA’s 50th anniversary (fittingly on July 4th) with a White House ... Read More »

What does it mean to #ConnectALL?

Last Wednesday, the White House announced the #ConnectALL initiative and a goal to connect 20 million more people to broadband by 2020. That’s right — 20 million! According to the Pew Research Center, only about 67 percent of Americans have home broadband access, or roughly 80 percent when factoring in access via smartphones. Cost is the major reason most people ... Read More »

OpenGov Foundation’s Seamus Kraft recipient of 2016 James Madison Award

James Madison Award logo

(ALA) President Sari Feldman presented OpenGov Foundation Executive Director and Co-founder Seamus Kraft with the 2016 James Madison Award today during the 18th annual Freedom of Information Day hosted by the Freedom Forum’s First Amendment Center at the Newseum. “Seamus Kraft is an individual who has and continues to fight hard to protect and promote the public’s right to know, ... Read More »

ALA-backed bill to make CRS reports publicly available introduced

Today, after months of behind-the-scenes stage-setting, the bipartisan “Equal Access to Congressional Research Service Reports Act of 2016” was introduced in the House and Senate. The two identical bills (numbers pending) direct the US Government Publishing Office to release CRS reports online, allowing the public virtually the same free access to these high-quality reports on an enormous range of subjects that Members ... Read More »

ALA joins NFCC to serve military and their families through libraries

A military family.

ALA has joined forces with the National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®) and local libraries to deliver financial education and resources to members of the military and their families across the country. Members of the U.S. armed forces, Coast Guard, veterans, and their families face financial challenges often not adequately addressed by resources designed for the general public. ALA and ... Read More »