National Security Archive Visitors at the Teamsters Labor History Research Center

Submitted by LHRC on Mon, 09/10/2012 - 14:13

On Friday, September 7, 2012, Tom Blanton, director of the National Security Archive (NSA) which is housed in Gelman Library, met a group of 25 government information officers from 25 developing and/or post-communist countries in the Teamsters Labor History Research Center.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the work of the NSA in the context of U.S. government accountability.  The group of foreign information officers was part of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, a 21-day program designed to enhance participants’ understanding of ethical standards and good governance practices in the American public sector.  Blanton discussed with the group the U.S. Freedom of Information Act and how the NSA files requests for declassified government documents and the problems and pitfalls that attend the filings (agency denials, slow or no response, etc.)  Several participants shared their own experiences with freedom of government information issues in their home countries.  Countries represented were Angola, Argentina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, El Salvador, Ghana, India, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Montenegro, Namibia, Nigeria, Peru, the Philippines, Rwanda and Tanzania.  There were also representatives from Hong Kong and the Palestinian Territories.  The NSA is the Center’s next door neighbor on the seventh floor of Gelman Library.