Category Archives: About OGIS

OGIS Acting Director Testifies before Senate Judiciary Committee

OGIS’s Acting Director, Nikki Gramian, took a turn in the big chair before the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 6 to update the panel on OGIS’s activities over the last year.  The hearing also included testimony from Director of the … Continue reading

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Thinking globally

Thirty-three information commissioners—a.k.a freedom of information ombudsmen—from 25 countries gathered April 21-23 for the 9th International Conference of Information Commissioners to discuss transparency issues and share successes and challenges. It was a great honor to represent OGIS at the conference, … Continue reading

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OGIS Releases Second Agency Assessment

We’re pleased to release our second assessment of an agency FOIA program:  the National Archives and Records Administration’s (NARA) Special Access and FOIA unit. Regular readers will recall that we launched our agency assessment program last year to help us … Continue reading

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Announcing OGIS’s FY 2014 Report!

Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 is shaping up to be a busy one for OGIS, just as FY 2014 was. Want to learn more about OGIS’s FY 2014? Check out our annual report: Building a Bridge Between FOIA Requesters & Federal … Continue reading

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You Can Help Keep a FOIA Request Out of Court

Since OGIS opened in 2009, we’ve worked to improve the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) process by providing mediation services and training to help agency FOIA professionals develop skills to communicate productively with requesters. We frequently see our efforts paying … Continue reading

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Sunshine Week 2015

With wintry weather events closing federal offices closing practically across the country, it might be easy to miss that Sunshine Week 2015 is almost upon us. We hope you all will join our friends and colleagues inside and outside government … Continue reading

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Matters of Consent

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently made our work a little bit easier in one small way. We no longer have to ask CFPB’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requesters who come to OGIS for assistance to provide consent … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: The Difference between FOIA’s Fee Categories and Fee Waiver

In honor of throwback Thursday, we’re bringing up a topic that we’ve covered previously in this post: the difference between FOIA’s fee categories and fee waivers. This topic is an oldie but a goodie, and confusion about the topic abounds. … Continue reading

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FOIA Advisory Committee to Meet January 27, 2015 – Update

The next meeting of the FOIA Advisory Committee is scheduled for Tuesday, January 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meeting will take place in the Archivist’s Reception Room (Room 105) at the National Archives Building, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, … Continue reading

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Change is in the Air

If you keep an eye on OGIS, you know that we are celebrating some exciting changes and welcoming new staff. Beyond those changes, we are also saying goodbye to Miriam Nisbet, OGIS’s first Director, who retired at the end of … Continue reading

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