WITHOUT FOIA we’re in the dark

Did you know a government analysis didn’t find parmesan cheese in a product sold as parmesan cheese? FOIA uncovered that. And luckily, the reporters mentioned FOIA in the story, or we’d never know FOIA did that. Ahead of Sunshine Week we’re launching WITHOUT FOIA — an effort to showcase some of the more important stories that have relied on FOIA and to encourage journalists and others everywhere that whenever FOIA helps reveal part of the story, mention FOIA in the story. If you’re looking for more examples, check out our FOIA Files, our searchable, sortable collection of 700+ stories over the last decade that [More]

PRESS RELEASE: Media coalition asks every Senator to support FOIA reform ahead of 2016 Sunshine Week

A coalition of media groups today urged every U.S. Senator to support legislation that establishes a presumption of openness in law, encourages agencies to use public-friendly technology, and makes other changes to the way agencies respond to requests for information from the public. The Sunshine in Government Initiative (SGI) sent a letter to every senator encouraging support for legislation that would improve the way federal agencies respond to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. “These changes would help ensure the government discloses information the way Congress intended a half century ago when Congress enacted the original Freedom of Information Act,” [More]

Release: SGI applauds House FOIA vote

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA COALITION APPLAUDS HOUSE VOTE ON FOIA REFORMS The Sunshine in Government Initiative, a media coalition which has worked to increase government transparency for over ten years, applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for approving the “FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act of 2015” (H.R. 653) that improves the Freedom of Information Act. “Today’s vote to strengthen disclosure under FOIA shows that Congress can find common ground to make government more transparent and accountable,” said Rick Blum, director of the Sunshine in Government Initiative (SGI).