The Advisory Committee on Transparency will host a webinar event on Wednesday, March 16th, at 12:00 pm ET via Zoom. The event will bring together lawmakers and congressional experts to examine government transparency during Sunshine Week.
The event will feature opening remarks from Congressman Mike Quigley and Congressman Derek Kilmer*
-Shanna Devine, Director of the House Office of the Whistleblower Ombuds
-Kate Oh, Attorney and Senior Policy Counsel at the ACLU
-Danielle Brian, Executive Director of the Project on Government Oversight
-Nick Hart, President of the Data Foundation
-Additional panelists TBD
-Moderator: Alex Howard, Co-Director of the Advisory Committee on Transparency, Director of the Digital Democracy Project at Demand Progress Education Fund
The webinar event will have panelists discuss:
-The status of current sunshine laws, including FOIA, the DATA Act, and the Evidence Act of 2019
-The impact of the pandemic and the attack on the Capitol on public access to records, data, and information.
-A call to action on proposed legislative reforms to sunshine laws, including stronger whistleblower protections and proactive disclosures for Legislative branch agency materials.
About the Advisory Committee on Transparency: Democracy is dependent upon a transparent, accountable, and effective government. The Advisory Committee on Transparency is a decade-old effort to educate policymakers on transparency-related issues, problems, and solutions and shares ideas with members of the Congressional Transparency Caucus. It hosts events to discuss important and wide-ranging transparency policy issues with experts from a variety of backgrounds and develops educational publications and provides timely information to the public and members of Congress.
More information: Visit the Advisory Committee on Transparency at https://transparencycaucus.info/about.