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Review Finds Government Clamping Down on Information

Anonymous Patron writes "Here's an ARMA Policy Brief That Says An Associated Press review of 130 annual Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) reports submitted to the Department of Justice from 15 executive branch agencies between 1998 and 2004 indicates that the federal government has clamped down on information in the last few years. The study suggests the government began the crackdown even before the September 11 terrorist attacks. The AP review also shows that the Bush administration is increasing the classification of documents and has removed many documents from government Web sites."

Bush defends [his] need for records privacy

Anonymous Patron writes "Bush defends [his] need for records privacy, from MSNBC: President Bush said Thursday that the public should know as much as possible about government decision-making, but national security and personal privacy — including his — need to be protected."

Govdocs librarians are standing by

Daniel writes "If you have a question involving federal government information, try taking it to the specialists in government information at, a group of 30 Federal Depository Libraries providing chat reference (U.S. Central Standard Time): Monday through Thursday, 8am to 8pm, Friday 8am to 5pm. Or send them your e-mailed question 24/7.Chat can be done anonymously and e-mailed questions do not need names, just an e-mail address.Questions about this project should be directed to John Shuler, University of Illinois at Chicago [email protected] to these docs librarians trying to help us unravel gov't information!"

Emancipation Proclamation to be displayed at Clinton Library

The Reader's Shop writes "Plans were announced on Saturday to display the Emancipation Proclamation for 4 days in Sept. of 2007. The exhibit is planned as part of the 50th anniversay of the Central High School desegregation crisis. The Emancipation Proclamation is currently housed at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and is not diplayed regularly.The document will be part of the "African-American Experience in Arkansas" exhibit."

GPO Seeks Public-Private Partnership to Revamp Sales

The following e-mail was sent out to the FDLP-L mailing list with a request to share with interested parties:

Subject: GPO Seeks Public-Private Partnership Opportunity in Publishing Services

Although this does not directly affect the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), I thought you would like know about the Request for Information (RFI) that GPO issued today. GPO is seeking to establish a public-private partnership to transform the GPO sales program.

Please feel free to share this information with others who might find it of interest and let me know if you have any questions.

Judy Russell

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Public-Private Partnership Opportunity in Publishing Services

Vendors are sought to provide innovative ideas regarding some or all of the services involved in the transformation of the current sales and distribution operations the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO).

The goal is to propose, design, and execute a new model for a publications sales and distribution operation on a revenue sharing basis. A successful model will:

Dole Institute visitors given a peek at archives

Anonymous Patron writes " Reports on Bob Dole. Slowly but surely, Jean Bischoff and her crew of workers and volunteers are making sense of the 4,000 boxes housed in the basement of the Dole Institute of Politics."

Even the Feds need good archives management!

emknecht writes ""Some of President Bush's military records were not released because officials didn't want to search boxes filled with rat excrement."
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Public Records - Part II

Cortez writes "Mean-while out west, the denizens of good - but oh, so very secret - government battle to restrict the public right-to-know anything: 02206225_publicrecords13m.html "The government groups want to solidify their victory in a state Supreme Court ruling last year that lets them keep records secret by invoking "attorney-client privilege," the traditional right of lawyers not to testify about conversations with the people they represent.""

If you don't think access to public records is important....

Cortez writes "As librarians are often-times considered kooks for stressing access, you might want to share: ocalnews/daily/0313pubrecmain.html "the U.S. Army planned to send up to 900,000 gallons of neutralized VX nerve agent to a local company, Perma-Fix Environmental Services Inc., for treatment and disposal into the county sewer system.
The citizens formed Citizens for Responsible Destruction of Chemical Weapons of the Miami Valley and recruited hundreds of members to loudly oppose the plan. But they also used public records to educate residents and build even more opposition.
"There is a platitude that says information is the lifeblood of democracy," said Ellis Jacobs, an attorney for Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, who worked with the group. "There are no truer words than that. Without knowing what's going on, citizens can't hope to influence public policy.""

Bill may keep files secret forever

Anonymous Patron writes "News From New Zealand where Civil Service chiefs will get the power to keep many government files secret forever under a new bill covering Archives New Zealand.

Critics say the bill leaves ample scope for department bosses to bar public access to classes of records and archives they can look at at present.

Former chief archivist Kathryn Patterson says she found heads of departments sought restrictions as the rule, not the exception, in her time and wants the bill tightened."


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