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OIP Director Testifies in Sunshine Week Hearing
March 13th, 2013 Posted by

Director Pustay before the Senate Judiciary Committee

This morning Office of Information Policy Director Melanie Ann Pustay appeared before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary in a hearing entitled “We the People: Fulfilling the Promise of Open Government Five Years After the OPEN Government Act.”  Signed into law on December 31, 2007, the Openness Promotes Effectiveness in our National (OPEN) Government Act of 2007 represented the first time in over a decade that Congress had enacted amendments to the FOIA. 

Testifying during this Sunshine Week hearing, Director Pustay reported to the Committee that “agencies have continued to take concrete steps to improve their FOIA administration.”  The information presented to the assembled Committee members included:

Director Pustay also detailed efforts undertaken by the Department and OIP to “inform and educate agency personnel on the legal requirements of the FOIA, including the provisions of the OPEN Government Act.”  In addition to incorporating discussions of the OPEN Government Act changes into the 2009 edition of the U.S. Department of Justice Guide to the Freedom of Information Act, OIP also held three government-wide conferences to directly address the various aspects of the amendments, and issued a series of guidance articles in 2008 to address the changes in detail.  These articles, available on our website, are: 

In ending her remarks before the Committee, Director Pustay noted that the Department of Justice, and OIP:

“[Are] fully committed to achieving the new era of open government that the President envisions.  We have accomplished a great deal these past four years, but OIP will continue to work diligently to help achieve even greater transparency in the years ahead.”  

Be sure to continue reading FOIA Post for more information on OIP’s activities during Sunshine Week 2013, and the Department’s continued efforts in to improve both transparency and understanding of the FOIA.

You can read the full text of Director Pustay’s testimony here.

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