Keep Washington Safe

A brand new website for federal public access

In Sunshine Laws on March 15, 2011 at 2:19 am

By Karen Koehler

 

The Washington State Legislature has not (yet) caved to government pressure to roll back the laws on  public disclosure requests.

The government’s responsiveness under the Freedom of Information Act is widely considered a barometer of how transparent it is.  “Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their government is doing,” President Obama said when he took office.”

This week, our nation’s Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli announced the unveiling of a website, foia.gov.  It provides the public with a centralized resource that details how to file requests for government records.

What a novel idea.  Helping citizens understand how to file a FOIA request.  Instead of trying to shut them out.

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