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BREAKING NEWS — ASAP announces upcoming FOIA/Privacy Act Training Workshop
The FOIA/Privacy Act Training has been confirmed for September 7-9, 2016. This ASAP Workshop is a 2.5 day intensive program specifically designed for those who are new to working with government information and records management, or those with limited experience. Attendees will listen to instruction and participate in practical application work sessions. Seasoned access professionals will lead the sessions, inviting participants to ask questions. For details, click here.

BREAKING NEWS — ASAP Announces winner of The Diane Flores Korwin Scholarship
Congratulations to Karen Hopkins for her winning essay on "Why the FOIA, Information Access, or Privacy Matters to Me."! To view her winning essay click here.

BREAKING NEWS — ASAP announces upcoming Food For Thought!
Openness 3.0 — A Discussion on What the Third Open Government National Action Plan Means to YOU!
On October 27, 2015, the Open Government Partnership issued the Third Open Government National Action Plan, which includes more than forty new or expanded initiatives to advance the President's commitment to an open and citizen-centered government. This newly issued plan has initiatives that affect agencies’ websites, FOIA offices, email management, declassification, CUI, Privacy, open data, as well as public participation and transparency for all. The presenters for this discussion include: The presenters for this discussion include: Corinna Zarek, Senior Advisor for Open Government with the Office of Science and Technology Policy and Jesse Franzblau with OpenTheGovernment.org.

DHS Launches has launched a new eFOIA mobile application to further simplify and enhance the process for submitting Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. The Department of Homeland Security is committed to transparency and accountability and the eFOIA app is the latest in a series of efforts that the DHS Privacy Office has taken to help modernize FOIA processes and improve the customer experience. In fact, this is the first FOIA-specific mobile app in the entire Federal Government ... read more

BREAKING NEWS — ASAP Announces The Diane Flores Korwin Scholarship
ASAP President Amy Bennett is pleased to announce that this year ASAP is offering The Diane Flores Korwin Scholarship. We strongly encourage all ASAP members to review the information and support student efforts by sponsoring a student to write a 500 word essay on "Why the FOIA, Information Access, or Privacy Matters to Them." The deadline for essay receipt by ASAP is June 15. ...read more

The ASAP National Training Conference is confirmed for July 27-29 in Arlington, Virginia. The Planning Committee chaired by Scott Hodes is fast at work developing the program. Do you have educational session ideas? Send them to asap@accesspro.org! Watch for logistical details coming next month.

Sarah English Recognized
Congratulations, ASAP Board Director Sarah English! Last week, the Department of Defense held a recognition ceremony for model civil liberties programs and among the agencies honored was the Pentagon Force Protection Agency. DoD's Deputy Chief Management Officer and civil liberties officer, David Tillotson III, presented the awards. PFPA Chief of Staff, Brian McGill, was there with Sarah English, the Agency's Privacy Officer, to accept the award noting that "protecting those who protect our nation necessarily involves safeguarding personally identifiable information (PII) and ensuring the rights and liberties of all of our citizens. Sarah has done a remarkable job to develop and implement a model civil liberties program that ensures we meet our legal and ethical obligations."

ASAP Training and Activity Update for 2015
The ASAP Board of Directors had its first meeting on January 29 and oved forward on a number of programs and training. Now, for a quick recap of the exciting things coming down the pike: ... read more

ASAP Announces 2015 Board of Directors
On behalf of the ASAP Nominating Committee (Chair Anne Weismann, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington; Cindy Allard, Department of Defense; Harry Hammitt, Access Reports, Inc.; Dawn Kral, Office of Special Counsel and Patrice McDermott, Openthegovernment.org), we thank those of you who voted in the Board of Directors elections. We received over a 12% response which is a very good return ... read more

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