Mark Your Calendar For Sunshine Week 2023

Make plans to join us as we kick off Sunshine Week, an annual nationwide celebration of access to public information, with a panel discussion on “Making Access Happen: FOIA at the National Archives” on Monday, March 13, at 1 p.m. ET.  The event will be live-streamed on the National Archives YouTube Channel.   

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) experts will discuss how the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) makes access happen throughout the National Archives. General Counsel Gary M. Stern, who serves as the agency’s Chief FOIA Officer, will moderate the program. The expert panel includes Rebecca Calcagno, Special Access and FOIA; Stephannie Oriabure, Presidential Materials Division; Don McIlwain, National Declassification Center; and Joe Scanlon, Office of General Counsel. The panel will discuss how FOIA governs access to records accessioned to the National Archives as well as Presidential and classified records, and those created by NARA and its employees in the process of carrying out its mission and responsibilities. Questions may be submitted ahead of the program by emailing Please submit questions by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, 2023.

Sunshine Week, March 12-18, 2023, is a national annual  initiative led by the News Leaders Association to educate the public about the importance of open government and unnecessary secrecy.