Monthly Archives: April 2011

Introducing: The FOIA Dispute Resolution Process

On April 26, the OGIS staff (along with our friend Jean Whyte from NARA’s Alternative Dispute Resolution program) presented a daylong training session entitled “Dispute Resolution Skills Training for FOIA Professionals” to representatives from agencies across the Government. As with … Continue reading

Posted in About OGIS, Alternative dispute resolution, Best practices, definitions and concepts, Mediation services, OGIS events, Ombudsman

Open Government: OGIS’s Take

The term “Open Government” is thrown around a lot these days. President Obama made Open Government a keystone of his administration, beginning with the memorandum on Open Government on January 21, 2009. But what does Open Government actually mean? Is … Continue reading

Posted in About OGIS, Best practices, Ombudsman, Open Government

Open Government and Media Experts Make MAGIC

No disappearing documents at this MAGIC show: experts in government access — from journalists to Federal and state government officials to watch-dog groups — gathered Tuesday at the National Archives to discuss making government more transparent. While the topics discussed … Continue reading

Posted in About FOIA, OGIS events, Open Government, Records Management

Announcement: Upcoming Dispute Resolution Skills Training for FOIA Professionals

FOIA professionals – particularly FOIA Public Liaisons – deal frequently with disputes. In fact, the amended Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. § 552) directs FOIA Public Liaisons to help resolve FOIA disputes. In order to equip these key FOIA … Continue reading

Posted in About OGIS, Alternative dispute resolution, OGIS events, Ombudsman, Training