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Good Day for Open Government

Openness in government has long been a key issue for libraries, and today saw two important victories in that arena. First, the U.S. Army has decided to reopen the Reimer Digital Library to the public, after having made it password-protected. Second, the U.S. Department of Commerce has decided not to take down its economic indicator website.

Reimer Digital Library

On February 6, the U.S. Army closed off public access to the Reimer Digital Library, which, according to the Washington Post, was the “largest online collection of [the Army’s] doctrinal publications.” Today, though, the Army announced that the the library will soon be available to the public again, after having received a Freedom of Information Act request from the Federation of American Scientists.

Economic Indicator Website

Taken from

“The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) has decided to continue the website. Featuring the economic releases from ESA’s Census Bureau and Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), the site was started by this Administration in 2002 to give greater awareness to these economic statistics. ESA initially planned to discontinue the service due to cost concerns but, given the feedback ESA received, the decision has been made to continue the site and improve its functionality.”

The entire statement can be located at

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Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

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