Hopefully your calendars are marked for Sunshine Week 2016 at the National Archives, which is taking place in NARA’s William G. McGowan Theater from 1 – 4:30 pm on March 14. You can register to attend here.
Sunshine Week is a national initiative launched by the American Society of News Editors to focus attention on the importance of open government. Sunshine Week 2016 is particularly meaningful because this year is the 50th anniversary of the signing of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
Archivist of the United States David Ferriero will kick off the event with his remarks, and we have an impressive list of speakers who will follow. The presentations will focus on recent changes to FOIA and the promise of technology (from both inside and outside of government) to improve transparency. Be sure to check out our updated agenda here: https://ogis.archives.gov/outreach-events/sunshine-week-2016/draft-agenda.htm.
The event is free and open to the public but you must register by March 11. For those of you who are not in the DC area, we will also offer a live webcast of the event.
If you are interested in learning more about other Sunshine Week 2016 events, be sure to visit the Sunshine Week calendar, and join in the conversation about open government on Twitter by using #SunshineWeek.