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The Andruss Library Government Documents Unit is sponsoring an essay contest in honor of Sunshine Week. Write 600-700 words on the following:
Before and after the November 2008 election, there were calls for the new president to make Freedom of Information a top priority in the new administration. "Over the past several years, the release and disclosure of government information, whether it be health, safety, environmental, financial, or national security information, has taken a backseat to misguided homeland security policies and efforts to protect special interests,” one critic claims.
Pretend that you are advising the new president. What government information would you make available? How would you balance national security against an open government? Please address both questions in your essay.
First Prize: $250 and your essay published
Deadline: February 9, 2009
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