ARCHIVED: Letter Transmitting the "Federal Information Access Act of 1998" and IAWG Issue Briefs

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American Association of Law Libraries - American Library Association
Association of Research Libraries - Chief Officers of State Library Agencies
Medical Library Association - Special Libraries Association
Urban Libraries Council


March 9, 1998

The Honorable John W. Warner
Committee on Rules and Administration
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Warner:

On behalf of the seven member organizations of the Inter- Association Work Group on Government Information Policy (IAWG), we are pleased to transmit to you the library community's latest revised legislative proposal to amend Chapter 19 of Title 44 of the U.S. Code.

This draft bill is a revision of earlier versions sent to you in June and December 1997, and represents the consensus of the library community on needed reforms to Chapter 19. The bill reflects the key priorities of the library community in revising the law:

  • GOAL 1: The law must broaden, strengthen, and enhance public access to all forms of government information.
  • GOAL 2: The law must strengthen the role of the Superintendent of Documents and the Federal Depository Library Program in providing public access to government information.
  • GOAL 3: The law must establish the affirmative responsibility of the federal government to preserve and provide permanent public access to its information, and to ensure the authenticity of government information.

The IAWG has been meeting with congressional staff, other government representatives, members of public interest communities, and other interested parties since February 1997, working to find common ground and to assist in the effort to improve public access to government information. We sincerely appreciate your stalwart commitment to this issue, and we strongly support and share your resolve to introduce and pass legislation in the 105th Congress to address the deficiencies in the current law and to enhance public access to federal government information.

We look forward to your comments and to our continued collaboration and dialog on this important matter. Thank you very much.


Daniel P. O'Mahony, Chair
Inter-Association Working Group on Government Information Policy


(1) "Federal Information Access Act of 1998," March 3, 1998

(2) IAWG issue briefs, March 1998

Also sent to:

The Honorable Wendell H. Ford
Ranking Minority Member
Committee on Rules and Administration
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

The Honorable William M.Thomas
Committee on House Oversight
United States House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

The Honorable Sam Gejdenson
Ranking Member
Committee on House Oversight
United States House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Other Members of Joint Committee on Printing

Government Printing Office:
Michael DiMario, Public Printer
Bob Mansker, Deputy Public Printer
Andrew Sherman, Director, Legislative and Public Affairs
Francis Buckley, Superintendent of Documents
J.D. Young, Director, Library Program Services
Library of Congress:
Geraldine Otremba, Director, Legislative and Congressional Relations
Winston Tabb, Associate Librarian for Library Services
Administrative Office of the Courts:
Judge Royce Lamberth

Presidents of each library association