Our friend Carl Malamud is quoted in today’s Washington Post:
Bill Would End FOIA Shield for Smithsonian
Sen. Grassley Says Goal Is Greater Openness
By James V. Grimaldi and Jacqueline Trescott
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, July 19, 2008; C01
A longtime critic of the Smithsonian Institution introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate this week that would wipe out the national museum complex’s exemption from the Freedom of Information Act and the Sunshine Act.
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Carl Malamud, who founded Media.org, which advocates for disclosure of public records, said his experience filing FOIAs concerning the institution shows the policy leaves “too much arbitrary discretion” to Smithsonian administrators. “Grassley’s bill would clarify that the Smithsonian belongs to all of us,” he said, “and is not some private institution which can do as it will.”
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