Meeting Announcement
MA 2002-12

2002 FLICC Forum on Federal Information Policies
Tuesday, March 19, 2002 • The Library of Congress

Homeland Security:
Impact of Policy Changes on Government Information Access

See a draft of the agenda below.

Join information professionals, government officials, industry leaders, and others at the Library of Congress for the 19th Annual FLICC Forum on Federal Information Policies.

Forum Call

In the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, many government agencies have changed Web sites, FOIA practices, physical premises access, and perhaps even their publishing practices, to improve information security. To bolster these efforts, U.S. government leaders have supported greater scrutiny in releasing government information to the public (e.g., the attorney general’s October 12, 2001 policy statement on fulfilling FOIA requests) while acknowledging that information sharing WITHIN the government, among the various agencies, is of vital importance to the national security. At the same time, Congress passed the U.S. Patriots Act which may, in the interest of national security, modify some of the privacy protections that have limited use of personal information collected by the government.

How have actions since September 11, 2001 affected the government’s information policies? Are agencies still responding to most FOIA requests in the same manner as before the terrorist attacks, or are they less likely to meet requestor demands? Is important information once available to the public, either on-site at the agency or via the Internet, no longer accessible? Has Web information removed from public Web sites been lost to internal government researchers as well? Or has the criticality of sharing government intelligence across agencies finally opened up opportunities to develop interagency systems to make this sharing practicable? How will this sharing affect the privacy rights of U.S. citizens? How should federal libraries and information centers respond to these changes? Finally, how will government mail security initiatives affect the quality of federal library collections?

The 2002 FLICC Forum on Information Policies will focus on the impact of the changes resulting from enhanced “Homeland Security” on access to federal information by those both inside and outside the government. The forum’s congressional keynote speaker will focus on legislative interests in interagency sharing of information, as well as concerns about privacy and civil liberties that could be a secondary outcome of broadening information transfer among government agencies. Following the keynote will be an administration policy update from the Department of Justice. Morning panelists will review changes in agency policies and practices—such as FOIA, mail handling, privacy, public Web site management and agency physical access—that have modified the public’s ability to retrieve federal information.

The afternoon panel will further explore accomplishments in and future prospects for interagency information sharing, including what systems and standards are needed to improve security while aiding information flow among government units. They will also discuss techniques agencies use to back up and secure sensitive information to ensure its integrity and persistence. The closing speaker, Visiting Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School Peter Swire, will provide his perspective on changes in privacy policy and practices since September 11, 2001.

Date Tuesday, March 19, 2002
Time 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.)
Place Mumford Room
6th Floor, Madison Building
Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C.
(There is no entrance to the
Library of Congress prior to 8:30 a.m.)
MetroCapitol South (Orange and Blue lines)
SponsorFEDLINK Network Operations
Registration $150—FEDLINK Members
$165—Federal Registrants (not FEDLINK Members)
$180—Non-Federal Registrants
Fees include refreshments and resource packet. Visit the FLICC Educational Programs Web site at http://www.loc.gov/flicc/mmeduc.html to register online. FEDLINK cannot accept mailed forms at this time.
Webcast Opportunity FLICC is exploring interest in a cybercast of the event for agencies outside the Washington Metropolitan area. If you would be interested in participating, please email your name and contact information to [email protected].
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Draft Agenda
9:00 - 9:30 Welcome and Awards Ceremony
   • Donald L. Scott, Deputy Librarian of Congress
   • Susan M. Tarr, Executive Director, FLICC, Library of Congress
      —Federal Librarian of the Year
      —Federal Library Technician of the Year
      —Federal Library/Information Center of the Year
9:30 - 9:45 Introductory Remarks
   • Winston Tabb, Associate Librarian for Library Services
9:45 - 10:15 Congressional Keynote
   • Congressman Tom Davis (R-Virginia)
10:15 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 11:00 Justice Department Policies in Support of Information Security
   • Viet Dinh—Assistant Attorney General for Policy Development
11:00 - 12:00 Panel on Agency Initiatives
   • Patrice McDermott—Assistant Director, Office of Government Relations, American Library Association
   • Nancy Blair—Chief Librarian, U.S. Geological Survey Library and U.S. Geological Survey Security Task Force
   • W. Russell Newman, Policy Analyst, Technology Division, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President (invited)
12:00 - 12:15

Questions and Answers

12:15 - 1:45


1:45 - 2:45

Panel on Interagency Initiatives
   • June Daniels—Senior Systems Analyst, Foreign Affairs Systems Integration Program, Department of State
   • Kurt Molholm—Administrator, Defense Technical Information Center
   • Francis Buckley—Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office

2:45 - 3:00 Questions and Answers
3:00 - 3:15


3:15 - 3:45

Changes in Privacy Policies in the Interest of National Security
   • Peter Swire—Visiting Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School

3:45 - 3:55

Questions and Answers

3:55 - 4:00

Wrap Up
   • Susan M. Tarr

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