Sunshine Week: A Reminder

Just a reminder: the glorious celebration of government openness and transparency that is Sunshine Week happens this year from March 15th to March 21st. Typically, people are encouraged to make use of open-government, freedom-of-information, or “sunshine” laws during Sunshine Week, which is all fine and dandy, but I have a different idea.

Why not beat the rush, and make your requests for records now? Depending on who you make the request(s) to, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll have something to show for your efforts by mid-March, and can then join in the fun by publishing, and publicizing, your experience.

At the Federal end of things, when all else fails, you can always ask for the FOIA logs for last year from your favorite agency or department. If you’d like to keep things local, and see how open-records laws work where you live, you can always fall back on that old standby of asking for emails; limit yourself to a reasonable timespan – a week or two, say – and be sure to ask for both emails received and sent. I mean, hey, wouldn’t you love to see ex-Governor Blagojevich’s emails from his last week in office?

Get with the request-making people; there’s no time like the present!

Published in: General | on February 2nd, 2009| Comments Off on Sunshine Week: A Reminder

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