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Happy birthday, GPO Access Act: 25 years of online government info

June 8, 2018, is a significant anniversary for public access to government information: it’s 25 years since the enactment of the Government Printing Office (GPO) Electronic Information Access Enhancement Act of 1993, or the GPO Access Act for short. While it’s not a household name, it was a foundational law…

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House committee approves FDLP Modernization Act

The Committee on House Administration approved the bipartisan Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) Modernization Act of 2018 (H.R. 5305). The bill would modernize the FDLP and related programs that provide public access to government information. In a statement commenting on the committee’s action, ALA President Jim Neal said: “Through their…

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We did it! CRS reports will be public

After 20 years of advocacy by ALA, the public will soon have access to reports by the Congressional Research Service (CRS). A provision requiring public access to CRS reports was included in the omnibus appropriations law signed by the President on March 23. Library supporters can celebrate this long-sought victory.…


Long-awaited FDLP Modernization Act would strengthen public access to government information

The bipartisan FDLP Modernization Act of 2018 (H.R. 5305) was introduced on March 15 following months of effort by the Committee on House Administration. The bill would modernize the Federal Depository Library Program and related programs that provide public access to government information. The bill is sponsored by Committee Chairman…

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Five women who stood up for the public’s right to know.

Sunshine Week—a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information—is on the horizon. Held on March 11 through March 17 this year, Sunshine Week occurs annually, coinciding with James Madison’s birthday and National Freedom of Information Day on March 16. During Sunshine…

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