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FOIA News: DOJ OIP announces Sunshine Week event and awards

FOIA News (2017)Kevin SchmidtComment


Department of Justice, Office of Information Policy, The FOIA Post, Jan. 17, 2017

Monday, March 13th is the first day of Sunshine Week 2017 and the Department of Justice invites agency personnel and members of the public to join us as we kickoff this important week with our annual Sunshine Week FOIA awards presentation and a special meeting of the FOIA IT Working Group.

At the kickoff event, the Department of Justice will once again recognize the contributions of FOIA professionals from around the government with the presentation of our Sunshine Week FOIA Awards. As the Supreme Court declared, “[t]he basic purpose of [the] FOIA is to ensure an informed citizenry, vital to the functioning of a democratic society . . . .” Agency FOIA professionals are themselves vital to ensuring that the important purpose of this law is fulfilled and we are pleased and honored to celebrate the work of these individuals from around the government. For this year’s event, OIP is seeking nominations for three categories of awards:

  • Exceptional Service by a FOIA Professional or Team of FOIA Professionals,
  • Outstanding Contributions by a New Employee, and
  • Lifetime Service Award.

Details on how to submit your nominations are listed below. Nominations can be submitted by agencies or by a member of the public. All nominations are due to OIP by Friday, February 17th. Awardees will be recognized during the Department’s 2017 kickoff event on Monday, March 13th. This event will also feature a keynote presentation from the Department of Justice.

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