March 16 is Freedom of Information Day, celebrated during Sunshine Week.  The date was chosen because it is the birth date of James Madison, considered the author of the Constitution who championed open government.

Sunshine Week – Your Right to Know – is organized by the News Leaders Association.  It promotes open government, access to public records, and FOIA legislation – all to strengthen transparency in government operations and improve citizen access.  “Government functions best when it operates in the open.”  The Reporters Committee on Freedom of the Press publishes an Open Government Guide covering all 50 states.  It also sponsors, along with several organizations including the National Security Archive, the FOIA Wiki with information about the federal FOIA.

Find information about FOIA requests at, sponsored by the Department of Justice.