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National FOI Day conference: Agenda

8 a.m. — Registration on 22nd floor. Continental breakfast in foyer, Rooftop Conference Center.

8:30 a.m. — Welcome, introductions

  • Paul McMasters, The Freedom Forum
  • Ann Symons, American Library Association

    8:35 a.m. — "Myths, Icons, and the ISCAP Scorecard"
    Presenter: Roslyn Mazer, Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel

    9:15 a.m. — "When FOIA Requests Wind Up in Court"

  • Moderator: Jane Kirtley, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
  • Steven Aftergood, Federation of American Scientists
  • Fred Hitz, former CIA Inspector General
  • Jim Lesar, Washington, D.C., attorney
  • Michael Tankersley, Public Citizen Litigation Group

    10:30 a.m. — "Posting Chemical Plant Worst-case Scenarios on the Net"
    Moderator: Nancy Kranich, American Library Association

  • Gary Bass, OMB Watch
  • Ari Schwartz, Center for Democracy and Technology
  • Bill Finan, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Jim Solyst, Chemical Manufacturers Association

    11:45 a.m. — Break; move to Newseum Overlook for lunch

    Noon — Lunch

    12:45 p.m. — Presentation of Madison Awards

  • Ann Symons, American Library Association
  • Daniel O'Mahony, Brown University

    1:15 p.m. — Break; return to Rooftop Conference Center

    1:30 p.m. — Keynote speech
    Introduction: Charles Overby, The Freedom Forum
    Keynote speaker: John Podesta, White House chief of staff

    2 p.m. — "A Success Story: Release of JFK Assassination Records"

  • Moderator: Page Miller, National Coordinating Committee for Promotion of History
  • Scott Armstrong, investigative journalist and FOIA litigant
  • Steven Katz, former U.S. Senate committee counsel
  • Kate Martin, Center for National Security Studies
  • Anna Kasten Nelson, JFK Assassination Records Review Board

    3:15 p.m. — "Agenda for Access: A Right-to-Know Initiative"
    Presenter: Patrice McDermott, OMB Watch

    3:45 p.m. — Roundtable discussion

  • Moderator: Paul McMasters

    4:45 p.m. — Closing reception

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