WASHINGTON, March 6, 2017 — District of Columbia Councilmember David Grosso will discuss transparency-related legislation at an upcoming Sunshine Week community summit March 14, organized by the D.C. Open Government Coalition (DCOGC).
The program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the National Press Club will begin with a conversation with Councilmember Grosso about the “Strengthening Transparency and Open Access to Government Amendments Act,” which he plans to introduce that day. The program will also feature an update on access to body-worn camera footage, access to government officials' text messages and how the District's open data is being used. The event is open and free to all, but space is limited and pre-registration is requested. A reception will follow the program.
The D.C. Open Government Coalition works to enhance the public’s access to government information and ensure the transparency in the D.C. government. Co-sponsors of the Sunshine Week program include the American University School of Communication, the D.C. Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Press Club Freedom of the Press Committee.
Sunshine Week is a national initiative coordinated by the American Society of News Editors and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press to promote a dialogue on the importance of open government and freedom of information. This nonpartisan, nonprofit initiative is celebrated in mid-March each year to coincide with James Madison’s birthday March 16. To learn more, visit www.sunshineweek.org.