Press Release
March 5, 2013

National Archives Celebrates "Sunshine Week" with Special Programs on March 11

Original FOIA Law on Display March 8-17

Washington, DC…The National Archives and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Ombudsman celebrate Sunshine Week on Monday, March 11, with two back-to-back programs at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC:

  • 1 PM – View the original FOIA Law in the East Rotunda Gallery and hear remarks by Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero and Office of Information Services (OGIS) Director Miriam Nisbet; and
  • 1:45 PM – Watch a demonstration of FOIAonline in the Washington Conference Room. FOIAonline is the multi-agency FOIA portal launched last fall to streamline the FOIA process for both agencies and requesters.

Note: Please RSVP to for the March 11 programs.

The original Freedom of Information Act, Public Law 89-487, will be on public display from Friday, March 8, through Sunday, March 17. The display will be in the East Rotunda Gallery of the National Archives Building which is located on Constitution Avenue at 9th Street, NW. The museum is open from 10 AM to 5:30 PM through March 14, and 10 AM to 7 PM March 15 through Labor Day, daily. Admission is free.

One of the first countries to open access to government records, the United States passed the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) on July 4, 1966. This law began a process to make government increasingly transparent. Today the public’s “right to know” is considered one of the fundamental rights of a democratic government.

OGIS, referred to as the FOIA ombudsman, was created within the National Archives when the OPEN Government Act of 2007 amended the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. § 552) (FOIA). OGIS began operations in September, 2009, and is charged with providing services to mediate disputes between FOIA requesters and Federal agencies; reviewing policies and procedures of administrative agencies under FOIA; reviewing agency compliance with FOIA; and recommending policy changes to the Congress and President to improve the administration of FOIA.

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