Freedom of Information Day annually falls on March 16th which is also James Madison’s birthday. James Madison is known to be the father of the constitution and remains one of the biggest advocates of the public’s right to know. The Freedom of Information Act allows citizens the right to request access to information housed within federal agencies since 1967. The federal agencies must then grant the request as long as it does not fall under one of the nine exemptions such as, law enforcement, personal privacy, or national security. In accordance with FOIA, federal agencies must make online submissions in regards to entities such as Congress and the Supreme Court. The Department of Justice is held accountable for the issuance of government wide policies regarding FOIA.
“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: and a people who mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” -James Madison