WASHINGTON — Five people whose work has furthered the cause of freedom of information and open government have been added to the ranks of the National Freedom of Information Act Hall of Fame.
The new inductees:
- Jennifer LaFleur, director, computer-assisted reporting, ProPublica
- Sean Moulton, director, federal information policy, OMB Watch
- Tony Mauro, Supreme Court reporter, The National Law Journal
- David C. Vladeck, director, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission
- Anne Weismann, chief counsel, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
The inductions were announced during the National Freedom of Information Day event March 16.
"The right to know what our government is doing is an important part of America’s democratic and First Amendment heritage,” said Gene Policinski, senior vice president and executive director of the First Amendment Center, which administers the hall of fame. The hall is "a salute to those who have pursued the people’s right to know."
New members of the FOIA Hall of Fame are selected by a committee of open-government advocates every five years. Committee members are Paul McMasters, former First Amendment Center ombudsman; Gary Bass, OMB Watch; Patrice McDermott, openthegovernment.org; Lucy Dalglish, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press; and Policinski.
The five 2011 ...