In the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, many government agencies have changed Web sites, FOIA practices, physical premises access, and perhaps even their publishing practices, to improve information security. To bolster these efforts, U.S. government leaders have supported greater scrutiny in releasing government information to the public (e.g., the attorney general’s October 12, 2001 policy statement on fulfilling FOIA requests) while acknowledging that information sharing WITHIN the government, among the various agencies, is of vital importance to the national security. At the same time, Congress passed the U.S. Patriots Act which may, in the interest of national security, modify some of the privacy protections that have limited use of personal information collected by the government.
How have actions since September 11, 2001 affected the government’s information policies? Are agencies still responding to most FOIA requests in the same manner as before the terrorist attacks, or are they less likely to meet requestor demands? Is important information once available to the public, either on-site at the agency or via the Internet, no longer accessible? Has Web information removed from public Web sites been lost to internal government researchers as well? Or has the criticality of sharing government intelligence across agencies finally opened up opportunities to develop interagency systems to make this sharing practicable? How will this sharing affect the privacy rights of U.S. citizens? How should federal libraries and information centers respond to these changes? Finally, how will government mail security initiatives affect the quality of federal library collections?
The 2002 FLICC Forum on Information Policies will focus on the impact of the changes resulting from enhanced “Homeland Security” on access to federal information by those both inside and outside the government. The forum’s congressional keynote speaker will focus on legislative interests in interagency sharing of information, as well as concerns about privacy and civil liberties that could be a secondary outcome of broadening information transfer among government agencies. Following the keynote will be an administration policy update from the Department of Justice. Morning panelists will review changes in agency policies and practices—such as FOIA, mail handling, privacy, public Web site management and agency physical access—that have modified the public’s ability to retrieve federal information.
Tuesday, March 19, 2002
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Onsite Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.)
Mumford Room, Sixth Floor, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 1st and Independence Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C. (There is no entrance to the Library of Congress prior to 8:30 a.m.)
Capitol South Station (Blue and Orange Lines)
Registration Fees- To Attend the Event Onsite:
$165--Federal Registrants (not FEDLINK Members)
Fees include refreshments and resource
packet. Visit the FLICC
Educational Programs Web site at http://www.loc.gov/flicc/mmeduc.html to register online to attend the event onsite.)