It is a fundamental tenet of democracy that government must be open and accessible to its citizens. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a federal law that establishes the public’s right to obtain information from federal government agencies. Established in 1966, the law is still going strong, 45 years later. In fact, there is a renewed emphasis on FOIA with President Obama’s Open Government Directive and strong focus on three guiding principles: transparency; participation; collaboration.
But how do federal agencies focus on the Open Government Directive and FOIA when budgets are shrinking? It is not easy! But a well organized Records and Information Management Program is step 1 on the journey.
Please join Iron Mountain and Adelaide O’Brien from IDC Government Insights at ARMA International’s 56th Conference & Expo, October 17-19, at the National Gaylord Hotel in Washington, DC and participate in the Open Government Forum and Luncheon. Adelaide will share findings from a recent focus group with seven federal government agencies to determine current Open Government and FOIA challenges. She will also recommend solutions and share best-in-class examples to proactive information sharing with the public.