It’s Not Too Late to Register: Sunshine Week 2019!

Sunshine Logo 2019

If you would like to attend OGIS’s Sunshine Week event in person, there is still time to register!

OGIS will celebrate Sunshine Week 2019 on Monday, March 11 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the National Archives’ William G. McGowan Theater. We have planned an exciting program that will include a conversation between David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, and Beryl A. Howell, Chief Judge of the US District Court for the District of Columbia. This Sunshine Week is particularly special since OGIS is also celebrating our 10th anniversary as the FOIA Ombudsman.

The free event will be open to the public. If you would like to join us in person, please register by midnight Wednesday, March 6. We will also livestream the event—please don’t register if you plan to join us online. For those who miss out, we also post video after the event (you can find video of our 2018 event here).

Our colleagues at the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Information Policy (OIP) are hosting their annual Sunshine Week Kick-off Celebration the morning of March 11. At this event, DOJ will honor FOIA professionals from across the government who have made extraordinary contributions to the field. Registration is required.

Speaking of your Sunshine Week calendar, the US Census Bureau will host a Sunshine Week event on Wednesday, March 13 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The title of this year’s program is “Taking Stock: Access to Information and Open Government Data.” Advanced registration for this event—which will take place in Suitland, Maryland—is required by Thursday March 7.

Sunshine Week is an annual nationwide celebration to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and access to information—values that are central to the mission of the National Archives. Launched by the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) as a national initiative in 2005, Sunshine Week has been embraced by journalists, librarians, concerned citizens, civil society organizations, elected officials, and government employees as an opportunity to discuss the importance of open government and celebrate access, promote transparency collaboration and participation.

We look forward to seeing you at a Sunshine Week event!