Sunshine Week Events

ASAP Members and Colleagues:

We bring you some new information and reminders about the upcoming Sunshine Week events that are free of charge.

NEW! March 9 - 18

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), is acknowledging Sunshine Week by showcasing the original Freedom of Information Act, Public Law 89-487. The original historic document will be available for viewing from Friday, March 9, to Sunday, March 18, in the East Rotunda Gallery of the National Archives (Constitution Avenue at 9th Street, NW, in Washington, D.C.). Admission is free.

March 12
Department of Justice Holding Sunshine Week Celebration Featuring
Attorney General Eric Holder

This event is open to both agency personnel and members of the public. Registration is required to attend this event. If you are interested in attending, please e-mail your name and phone number to OIP's Training Officer, Bertina Adams Cleveland, at Please note that you must present picture identification to enter the building. If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Ms. Adams at (202) 514-1010.

Monday, March 12, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Department of Justice Great Hall
10th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC

NEW! March 13
D.C. Open Government Coalition

The D.C. Open Government Coalition is joining the celebration this year with its first Sunshine Week event. Join us for the D.C. Open Government Summit to discuss the state of government transparency in the District on Tuesday, March 13. We will hear remarks from a representative of Mayor Gray's administration and the D.C. Council as well as members of the news media who use open government laws in their work. Bring your thoughts on how openness can be improved in D.C. and share them at the reception to follow.

Sunshine Week is a national initiative that promotes open government and freedom of information. The event is co-sponsored by the National Press Club.

Tuesday, March 13, 6:30 - 8:30 pm (reception follows)
National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW 13th Floor
Washington, D.C.

March 16
5th Annual Freedom of Information Day Celebration
Presented by WCL's Collaboration on Government Secrecy

This program is the fifth annual celebration of Freedom of Information Day held by the Washington College of Law's Collaboration on Government Secrecy (CGS). For details and an updated program, please click here. Please also note that the luncheon address, "FOIA over the Decades from Ford to Obama" will be delivered Dick Huff.

Friday, March 16, 8:45 am - 5:00 pm
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Room 603, Washington, D.C.

March 16
Conference: National Freedom of Information Day

The 14th annual National Freedom of Information Day Conference brings together groups concerned with freedom of information and open records, including government officials, judges, lawyers, librarians, journalists and educators. Hosted each year by the First Amendment Center, the conference is conducted in partnership with the American Library Association, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, OMB Watch,, and the National Security Archive at George Washington University. The event also is part of the annual "Sunshine Week" initiative sponsored by the American Society of News Editors.

There is no charge to attend, but attendees are encouraged to guarantee seating in advance. To register for the 2012 conference, please contact Ashlie Hampton at, or 202-292-6288. When registering, please provide your name, title, affiliation and contact information for agenda updates and other news.'s Seventh Annual Sunshine Week National Webcast will be broadcast on Friday, March 16, from 1 - 3 pm. This year's webcast will be a part of the Freedom Forum's 14th annual National Freedom of Information Day Conference at the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum.

Friday, March 16, 2012 at 8:30 AM
Knight Conference Center
555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC