Feb 25, 2016
WASHINGTON — The 18th annual National Freedom of Information (FOI) Day conference will be held Friday, March 11, in the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Hosted by the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center with OpenTheGovernment.org, the American Society of News Editors, Sunshine Week and the American Library Association, the conference will gather individuals from all areas relating to freedom of information and open records to address transparency in government and freedom of information laws and practices.
The National FOI Day conference will feature video remarks from Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and an address by James Holzer, director of the Office of Government Information Services. Additionally, the day will include a report by the American Society of News Editors on Sunshine Week 2016, in cooperation with the Associated Press, and the presentation of the James Madison Award by the American Library Association.
Every five years, the National Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Hall of Fame inducts new members, and the next induction will take place at the 2016 FOI conference. The event also will include a celebration of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the signing of the FOIA, which took place on July 4, 1966.
“Each year, National FOI Day brings together government employees who work closely with records and information legislation and advocates for transparency or changes to laws to learn from each other and propose common solutions,” said Gene Policinski, chief operating officer of the Newseum Institute.
The 2016 conference will begin at 8:00 a.m., and programming is scheduled through 3:30 p.m. Attendees should use the Sixth Street entrance to the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum. There is no charge to attend, but participants are encouraged to register. The program will also be live-streamed at newseum.org/live.
Conference attendees may purchase a buffet lunch for $20, underwritten by the Newseum Institute and OpenTheGovernment.org. Reservation for lunch should be indicated when registering to attend the program.
The Freedom Forum Institute is the education and outreach partner of the Freedom Forum and the Newseum. The Institute includes the First Amendment Center, the Religious Freedom Center, the Newseum’s education department and diversity and inclusion programs. The Freedom Forum Institute’s affiliate organizations include the Al Neuharth Media Center at the University of South Dakota; the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at the University of Mississippi; and the John Seigenthaler Center at Vanderbilt University. The Freedom Forum Institute is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations, including its principal funder, the Freedom Forum.