Issue Background

Government Information

Our Goal:

Pass the bipartisan FOIA Improvement Act of 2015, S. 337, and statutorily ensure public access to unique collections held by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS). ALA is strongly committed to modernization of the Freedom of Information Act to assure maximum public access to information, and government transparency and accountability. It is imperative that a single repository for the unique scientific and technical collections now held by the NTIS be funded so that this information can continue to be preserved and made available to the public. ALA is strongly committed to no-fee access to all government-funded information and to robust support for all federal libraries and archives.

No-fee public access to government information is the foundation of an informed citizenry. The American Library Association has long fought to ensure that the public continues to enjoy this access.  Libraries have demonstrated their effectiveness in delivering government information of all types to the public. From the Federal Depository Library Program to a variety of e-government services, including emergency response/recovery services provided during natural disasters like Hurricanes Katrina and Rita; libraries have continued to play to role of advocate for the public.

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