GRC Open Government Subcommittee Update

Hello advocates, a few updates for you. Happy spring!


DOJ Office of Legal Counsel

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairmen Jason Chaffetz and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings sent a letter to the DOJ seeking documentation to better understand the Office ofLegal Consel’s opinion-making process. The letter can be found here.


FOIA Improvement Act of 2016

The FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 (S. 337) passed the Senate on Tuesday, March 15. A letter signed by AALL and other organizations in support of the bill can be found here.
–submitted by Wendy Lamar, wdlamar @


James Madison Award

On March 11, 2016, the American Library Association awarded Seamus Kraft, the co-founder and executive director of the OpenGov Foundation, the James Madison Award for his work advancing the public’s access to government.
The OpenGov Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting citizen participation in the legislative process through free open-source software. Their projects include the Madison Project (, a platform enabling collaboration between lawmakers and citizens on pending legislation; and the America Decoded ( and State Decoded ( platforms for free access to state statutes and ordinances.

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