The 113th Congress (2013-2014)

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ACTION ALERTS

Ask Congress to Oppose the Federal Register Register Modernization Act (H.R. 4195)
July 2014

Tell Congress to Support ECPA Reform
June 2014

Urge your Representative to Support the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act (H.R. 1380)
March 2014

Ask Congress to Support FASTR
March 2014

Take Action to Support GPO and Library of Congress Funding
March 2014

Congratulate Rep. Nadler on His Selection as Ranking Democrat on the Courts, Intellectual Property, and Internet Subcommittee
January 2014

Ask your Members of Congress to Co-Sponsor the USA FREEDOM Act
November 2013

Tell Congress How the Shutdown Affected You
October 2013

Thank Your Representative for Supporting the Amash Amendment
August 2013

Take Action to Support H. Res. 110, Congressional Research Service Electronic Accessibility Resolution of 2013
May 2013

LETTERS AND STATEMENTS - FEDERAL POLICY

AALL Comments on ABA Issues Paper on the Future of Legal Services
Comments to ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services
From Holly Riccio, President, American Association of Law Libraries
December 10, 2014

We urge you to support improvements to the landmark right-to-know law, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), that are included in the manager’s amendment of the FOIA Improvement Act of 2014 (S. 2520)
Letter to Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee
November 14, 2014

We request you publish online the rules for the United States Senate Democratic Caucus
Letter to Senate Democratic Caucus Chairman Reid and Vice Chairman Schumer
September 19, 2014

We request you publish online the rules for the United States Senate Republican Conference.
Letter to Senate Republican Conference Chairman Thune and Vice Chair Blunt
September 19, 2014

We request you publish online the rules for the House of Representatives Republican Conference
Letter to House Republican Conference Chairman McMorris Rodgers
September 19, 2014

We request you publish online the rules for the House of Representatives Democratic Caucus
Letter to House Democratic Caucus Chairman Becerra and Vice Chair Crowley
September 19, 2014

To urge you to bring to the floor H.R. 1852, the bipartisan Yoder-Polis bill updating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA)
Letter to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy
September 09, 2014

To urge you to bring to the floor S. 607, the bipartisan Leahy-Lee bill updating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA)
Letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
September 09, 2014

To urge the Senate to quickly pass the USA FREEDOM Act (S. 2685) without adding new data retention requirements, and without further consideration of the gravely concerning Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014 (S. 2588)
Letter to Majority Leader Reid, Minority Leader McConnell, Chairmen Leahy, Feinstein, and Carper, Ranking Members Grassley and Coburn, and Vice Chairman Chambliss
September 5, 2014

AALL response to the Superintendent of Documents Public Policy Statement, “Government Publications Authorized for Discard by Regional Depository Libraries”
August 29, 2014

In support of the USA FREEDOM Act (S. 2685), which Senator Leahy reintroduced on July 29
Letter to Majority Leader Reid, Minority Leader McConnell, Chairmen Leahy and Feinstein,
Ranking Member Grassley, Vice Chairman Chambliss, Speaker Boehner, Minority Leader Pelosi,
Chairmen Goodlatte and Rogers, and Ranking Members Conyers and Ruppersberger
July 30, 2014

In support of the compromise version of the USA FREEDOM Act and to ask that you allow a floor vote on the bill, without changes to the text that would weaken the bill’s transparency requirements
Letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker John Boehner
July 29, 2014

Comments of the American Association of Law Libraries, the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries, the Medical Library Association, and the Special Libraries Association
Before the Federal Communications Commission
In the Matter of Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet
GN Docket No. 14-28
July 8, 2014

To support the FOIA Improvement Act of 2014, a bill to amend the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to promote greater government transparency and accountability
Letter to Chairman Patrick Leahy
June 26, 2014

To plainly express our position that, unless the version of the USA FREEDOM Act that the Senate considers contains substantial improvements over the House-passed version, we will be forced to oppose the bill that so many of us previously worked to advance
Letter to Majority Leader Reid, Republican Leader McConnell, Chairmen Leahy and Feinstein, and Ranking Members Grassley and Chambliss
June 18, 2014

To urge you not to renew the Section 215 Bulk Telephony Metadata Program when the current order expires on June 20, 2014
Letter to President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder
June 17, 2014

To request that the Judiciary and Intelligence Committees engage in the complete and open consideration of HR 3361 needed to adequately examine and understand the full import of the language being voted on and to enable informed public debate
Letter to Senate Majority Leader Reid, Republican Leader McConnell, Chairmen Leahy and Feinstein, and Ranking Members Grassley and Chambliss
June 4, 2014

To express our appreciation for your continued support of the Government Printing Office (GPO) and to thank you for your leadership in reporting the Government Publishing Office Act of 2014 (S. 1947) to the full Senate
Letter to Chairman Schumer and Ranking Member Roberts
Committee on Rules and Administration
May 22, 2014

To thank you for hosting the 2014 Depository Library Council Meeting and Federal Depository Library Conference April 30-May 2, 2014 at the Government Printing Office’s (GPO) headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Letter to Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks
May 21, 2014

Additional Comments Submitted Pursuant to Request for Additional Comments Regarding Orphan Works and Mass Digitization (79 F.R. 7706, Docket No. 2012-12)
Comments to United States Copyright Office
May 21, 2014

To urge the House Rules Committee to make the following clarifications and technical corrections to H.R. 3361, as reported, before the bill goes to the House Floor
Letter to House Leadership
May 14, 2014

To strongly encourage you to restore the original USA FREEDOM Act’s transparency requirements, which were omitted from the manager’s amendment that the full House of Representatives will consider
Letter to Congressional Leadership
May 14, 2014

To urge you to support reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act to guarantee that every American has full constitutional and statutory protections for the emails, photos, text messages, and other documents that they send and share online.
Coalition Letter to President Barack Obama
April 28, 2014

In support of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 funding requests of the Government Printing Office (GPO) and the Library of Congress (LC)
Testimony of Steven P. Anderson, President of the American Association of Law Libraries
On behalf of AALL, Medical Library Association, and Special Libraries Association
Before the Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Legislative Branch
On Funding for the Government Printing Office and Library of Congress
April 29, 2014

To urge the White House to incorporate privacy, transparency, and oversight in its final report on Big Data and the Future of Privacy
Letter to Deputy Nicole Wong, Office of Science and Technology Policy
March 31, 2014

To express support for ending the government’s bulk collection of data about individuals and strongly urge swift markup and passage of the USA FREEDOM Act
Letter to Administration and Congressional Leadership
April 1, 2014

To urge you to restore funding to the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA)
Letter to Chairwoman Shaheen, Ranking Member Hoeven, and members of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee
March 11, 2014

To urge you to restore funding to the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA)
Letter to Chairman Cole, Ranking Member Wasserman Schultz, and members of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee
March 7, 2014

In support of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 funding requests of the Government Printing Office (GPO) and the Library of Congress (LC)
Testimony of Steven P. Anderson, President of the American Association of Law Libraries
On behalf of AALL, Medical Library Association, and Special Libraries Association
Before the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Legislative Branch
On Funding for the Government Printing Office and Library of Congress
March 7, 2014

AALL Recommendations for the Department of Justice’s Third Open Government Plan
Comments to the U.S. Department of Justice
February 28, 2014

To support H.R. 1211, the FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act of 2014, a bill to amend the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to promote greater government transparency and accountability
Letter to Members of the House of Representatives
February 24, 2014

To encourage the House to consider the bipartisan Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act (H.R. 1380) during the week of February 24th, when other measures touching upon executive branch oversight and transparency also will be considered.
Letter to Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Cantor, Democratic Leader Pelosi, and Democratic Whip Hoyer
February 18, 2014

Petition for OSTP to Conduct Public Comment Process on Big Data and the Future of Privacy
Letter to John P. Holdren, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy
February 10, 2014

Re: Comments on NPRM, Incorporation By Reference, Docket Number: OFR-13-0001
Letter to Amy Bunk, Director of Legal Affairs and Policy, Office of the Federal Register
January 31, 2014

To thank you for your extraordinary efforts to preserve the public’s right to know about agricultural and livestock operations, and your continued commitment to protecting the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
Letter to Senator Patrick Leahy
January 30, 2014

To thank you for your efforts to preserve the public’s right to know about agricultural and livestock operations.
Letter to Congressmen Cummings and Waxman
January 30, 2014

In support of the framework H.R. 1233, the Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2013, provides for the assertion of privilege by a former president, and the protections the bill provides for other federal records.
Letter to Chairman Issa and Ranking Member Cummings, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
January 14, 2014 

To ask that you reconsider the decision that the ODNI Open Source Center (OSC) will cease providing information to the World News Connection as of December 31, 2013.
Letter to General James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence
On behalf of the National Coalition for History and the organizations listed below
December 18, 2013

To encourage the FCC to make primary legal materials and publicly available comments hosted exclusively on the FCC's website additionally available through FDSys to facilitate continued public access in the event of a government shutdown.
Letter to Diane Cornell, Special Counsel, and David Bray, Chief Information Officer, at the Federal Communications Commission
December 2, 2013

To urge that intelligence surveillance practices be reformed by limiting the scope of surveillance and by substantially enhancing the privacy protections, oversight, and accountability mechanisms that govern that surveillance.
Letter to Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Boehner, and Chairs and Ranking Members of the Senate and House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees
November 21, 2013

To thank you for your commitment to providing continued public access to official, authentic government information during the recent federal government shutdown.
Letter to Davita Vance-Cooks, Public Printer of the United States
November 7, 2013

To urge you to oppose including provisions in the conferenced version of the Farm Bill that unnecessarily cut off public access to a broad swath of information about agricultural and livestock operations.
Letter to House and Senate Farm Bill Conferees
November 6, 2013

To thank you for your interest in improving oversight of the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs, and to urge you to strengthen H.R. 3103 by making sure the public understands how the government is interpreting the law
Letter to The Honorable Mike Thompson
On behalf of the undersigned organizations committed to openness and accountability
October 10, 2013

To express our support for the passage of the Nondiscrimination Ordinance, which is scheduled for a vote on September 5, 2013.
Letter to City of San Antonio City Council
RE: Ordinance to consolidate City's nondiscrimination policies and expand protected categories, Agenda Item # 4, Council Meeting Date: 9/5/2013, RFCA Tracking No: R-10799
September 4, 2013

To emphasize our organizations’ agreement on some overall concerns and recommendations
regarding the NSA surveillance programs.
Letter to Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee
Signed by Coalition of 60 Organizations Concerned with Privacy, Civil Liberties, and Surveillance
July 30, 2013

In support of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 funding requests for the Government Printing Office (GPO) and the Library of Congress (LC).
Written Testimony of Jean M. Wenger, President of the American Association of Law Libraries
On behalf of AALL, Medical Library Association, and Special Libraries Association
Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Legislative Branch Appropriations
June 7, 2013

Joint Library Statement on Treaty for Print Disabled People
Statement issued to WIPO member states
June 11, 2013

To ask the PCLOB to urge the administration to make public information about the legal authorities for government surveillance of Americans.
Letter to Members of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board
June 19, 2013

In support of President Obama’s nomination of Davita Vance-Cooks for Public Printer of the United States
Letter to Chairman Charles E. Schumer and Ranking Member Pat Roberts, Committee on Rules & Administration
Signed by American Association of Law Libraries, American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, Medical Library Association, and Special Libraries Association
June 11, 2013

To thank you for your letter expressing support for GPO’s role in providing no-fee permanent public access to government information and rejecting a proposal by the National Academy of Public Administration to charge end user fees for FDsys
Letter to Committee on House Administration
Signed by the American Association of Law Libraries, American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, Medical Library Association, and Special Libraries Association
May 30, 2013

Comment on proposed rule making on Inmate Access to Legal Reference Materials
Letter to Brian Callahan, Associate Attorney, New York State Commission of Correction
May 17, 2013

To urge you to promptly establish and provide active White House leadership for a Security Classification Reform Steering Committee to help correct what you have called “the problem of overclassification.”
Letter to President Obama
April 23, 2013

To express our support for Chairman Leahy’s and Sen. Lee’s ECPA Amendments Act, S. 607
Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Leahy and Ranking Member Grassley
April 22, 2013

To express our continued opposition to CISPA following its markup by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI)
Letter to House of Representatives
April 15, 2013

To urge you to open the markup of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), HR 624, scheduled for the week of April 8th
Letter to Members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
April 3, 2013

In support of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 funding requests for the Government Printing Office (GPO) and the Library of Congress (LC)
Testimony of Jean M. Wenger
On Behalf of AALL, Medical Library Association, and Special Libraries Association
House Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Legislative Branch
March 29, 2013

To encourage the White House to renew its promise to veto the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA)
Letter to Michael Daniel, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator
March 19, 2013

In support of the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act
Letter to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and Committee on House Administration
March 12, 2013

To let you know about our grave concerns with HR 624, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA)
Letter to Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
March 11, 2013

In support of motion for issuance of peremptory writ and for preliminary injunction
Declaration of AALL President Jean M. Wenger
March 7, 2013

To express our support for the Congressional Research Service Electronic Accessibility Act
Letter to Representatives Lance and Quigley
March 1, 2013

To thank you for introducing The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act 
(FASTR)
Letter to Senator Wyden
February 25, 2013

To thank you and share our support for your work to hold agencies accountable for implementation of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
Letter to House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Issa and Ranking Member Cummings
February 19, 2013

To ask you to bring renewed attention to issues that continue to plague government-wide implementation, compliance, and enforcement of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
Letter to President Obama
February 19, 2013

To express the appreciation of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) for the leadership of the Government Printing Office in providing no-fee permanent public access to federal information resources in tangible and electronic formats.
Letter to Acting Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks
February 04, 2013

Reply Comments to Notice of Inquiry Concerning Orphan Works and Mass Digitization
Comments to US Copyright Office from American Association of Law Libraries, the Medical Library Association and Special Library Association
February 1, 2013

Public Policy Positions for the 113th Congress
January 22, 2013

LETTERS AND STATEMENTS - STATE ISSUES
 

Atlanta Law Libraries Association and Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries Urge Governor to Restore Online Access to Executive Orders
Letter to Governor Nathan Deal
June 27, 2014

To respectfully ask that you sign SB 1941, the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA)
Letter to the Honorable Patrick J. Quinn on behalf of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) and the Chicago Association of Law Libraries (CALL)
June 16, 2014

To respectfully ask that you sign SB 1941, the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA)
Letter from American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) and the Chicago Association of Law Libraries (CALL) to Illinois Governor Patrick J. Quinn\
June 16, 2014

In support of SB 1941, the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act
Written testimony of Maribel Nash, President of the Chicago Association of Law Libraries, to Illinois House Judiciary Committee
April 28, 2014

In support of HB 46, the Maryland Uniform Electronic Legal Materials Act (UELMA)
Statement of Emily Feltren, Director of Government Relations, American Association of Law Libraries, before the Maryland House Health and Government Operations Committee
January 23, 2014

In support of HB 46, the Maryland Uniform Electronic Legal Materials Act (UELMA)
Statement of Tonya Baroudi, President, Law Library Association of Maryland, before the Maryland House Health and Government Operations Committee
January 23, 2014

Wisconsin Congressional Delegation
Letter from Law Libraries Association of Wisconsin (LLAW) to Wisconsin Congressional Delegation
November 13, 2013

In support of Bill 20-0221, the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act of 2013 (UELMA)
Statement of Emily Feltren, Director of Government Relations, American Association of Law Libraries before the District of Columbia Council Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety
July 1, 2013

In support of Bill 20-0221, the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act of 2013 (UELMA)\
Statement of Melanie Knapp, Member of the Law Librarians Society of D.C., before the District of Columbia Council Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety
July 1, 2013

Comment on proposed rule making on Inmate Access to Legal Reference Materials 
Letter to New York State Commission of Correction Associate Attorney Brian Callahan
May 17, 2013

Brian M. Callahan, Associate Attorney, New York State Commission of Correction
LLAGNY comment in opposition to proposed rule to eliminate the requirement that law libraries be maintained within local correctional facilities
May 3, 2013

In support of SB 1941
Oral testimony from Jean M. Wenger, President, American Association of Law Libraries before the Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee
March 12, 2013

In support of motion for issuance of peremptory writ and for preliminary injunction
Declaration of AALL President Jean M. Wenger
March 7, 2013

To urge the Committee on Judiciary to approve HB 2944
Letter from WestPac to Chair Barker, Vice-Chair Garrett, and Vice-Chair Krieger
March 6, 2013

REPORTS AND ISSUE BRIEFS

One-Pager - Network Neutrality
March 2014

One-Pager - Legal Services Corporation Funding for Fiscal Year 2015
March 2014

One-Pager - Reforms to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act
Updated March 2014

One-Pager - Library of Congress: Funding For Fiscal Year 2015
March 2014

One-Pager - U.S. Government Printing Office: Funding for Fiscal Year 2015
March 2014

One-Pager - The Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations
March 2014

Issue Brief - The Google Books Case
AALL Issue Brief 2010-4
Updated February 2014

One-Pager - USA FREEDOM Act
December 2013
Updated March 2014

One-Pager - Ending Secret Law
July 2013

One-Pager - Managing Government Records
May 2013

One Pager - Legal Services Corporation Funding for Fiscal Year 2014
May 2013

One-Pager - National Archives and Records Administration (NARA): Funding For Fiscal Year 2014
April 2013

One-Pager - Institute of Museum and Library Services: Funding For Fiscal Year 2014
April 2013

One-Pager - The U.S. Government Printing Office’s Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP)
April 2013

One-Pager - Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments of 2013
April 2013

One-Pager - Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act
April 2013
Updated March 2014

One-Pager - U.S. Government Printing Office: Funding for Fiscal Year 2014
April 2013

One-Pager - Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act
Updated April 2013

One-Pager - Access to Congressional Research Service Reports
March 2013

One-Pager - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
March 2013

One-Pager - Library of Congress Funding for Fiscal Year 2014
March 2013

Report - Civil Society Report on Implementation of the First US National Action Plan
March 2013

Report - Highlighted Best Practices for Open and Accountable Government
Prepared by the Project on Government Oversight with contributions by the American Association of Law Libraries, Bauman Foundation, Brennan Center for Justice, Center for Effective Government, Openthegovernment.Org, Sunlight Foundation, and Union of Concerned Scientists
March 2013