2019 Sunshine in Government Award Given to House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings for His Leadership in Strengthening FOIA and Open Government
As our nation celebrates Sunshine Week, News Media for Open Government is pleased to honor House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) as the 2019 recipient of the Sunshine in Government Award for his leadership and commitment in fostering openness in government that better serves our nation’s citizens. The award was announced on March 8th at the Newseum Institute’s Freedom of Information Day Conference in Washington, D.C.
The Sunshine in Government Award was created to honor individuals who have made a significant contribution over time to open government at the federal level. “Throughout his career, Chairman Cummings has worked on a bipartisan and bicameral basis to write a clear presumption of openness into the law,” said Coalition Director Melissa Wasser. “He has also spent countless hours pushing back on overbroad and unnecessary proposals to create new FOIA exemptions. Chairman Cummings continuously demonstrates a strong commitment to transparency, even on the most difficult of topics.”