Updated: Sunshine Week Celebrations across the Federal Government

SunshineWeek2018FinalWe are looking forward to announcing details about our March 12th Sunshine Week celebration soon! While we put some finishing touches on our afternoon agenda, we wanted to go ahead and let you know about a couple of other Sunshine Week events hosted by our federal colleagues.

The Department of Commerce asked us to share the news about two events they are holding to mark the occasion. The title for Commerce’s event this year is “As a Matter of Open Government.” The kickoff event will be held at the Department of Commerce Research Library, 1401 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20230, on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon. In Suitland, Maryland the Census Bureau will host Speaker Sessions on March 13th and 14th aimed at showing how the Census Bureau meets the principles (transparency, participation, collaboration, and accountability) of Open Government. The events are open to federal employees, contractors, and the public. Registration (via EventBrite) is required

Our colleagues at the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Information Policy (OIP) are hosting their annual Sunshine Week Kick Off Celebration during the morning on March 12 (our event will be held later in the afternoon). During the event, DOJ will honor FOIA professionals from across the government who have made extraordinary contributions to the field. Nominations must be emailed to DOJ.OIP.FOIA@usdoj.gov with the subject line “2018 Sunshine Week FOIA Award Nomination” by February 15, 2018. Learn more about the award categories and how to submit a nomination by reading OIP’s blog post. Registration (via EventBrite) is required.

During Sunshine Week the National Archives will also be running a transcription challenge using the Citizen Archivist Dashboard! Using the Citizen Archivist Dashboard is fun, and it allows users to make historical documents in the National Archives Catalog more searchable and accessible. This year’s Sunshine Week challenge will focus on transcription of the Pentagon Papers. [Update] The National Archives will also be hosting an event on Wednesday, March 14 to teach users how we can help you request and access the restricted and non-restricted Federal records held at the National Archives—often without a FOIA request. A panel of staff experts will discuss and answer questions about their work in making records available from our executive, legislative, and Presidential holdings. You can join the event live in the William G. McGowan Theater or catch it on YouTube.

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