Call for Nominations: Vacant Government Seat on FOIA Advisory Committee

Space exploration by @usnationalarchives. The 2020-2022 term of the FOIA Advisory Committee, launched in 2020, has space for a government FOIA expert. Apply now! A resignation from the FOIA Advisory Committee has created a vacancy for which we seek nominations. We are looking for a government FOIA expert from either a Cabinet-level department or a … Continue reading Call for Nominations: Vacant Government Seat on FOIA Advisory Committee

Chief FOIA Officers Council meets November 17

Washington Heritage Trail - Eastern Panhandle Orchards (National Archives ID: 7722747) Please mark your calendars for the next meeting of the Chief Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officers Council, which will be held virtually on Wednesday November 17, 2021, starting at 10:00 am EST. The meeting is open to Chief FOIA Officers, FOIA professionals and … Continue reading Chief FOIA Officers Council meets November 17

Technology Committee Publishes Paper on FOIA Searches

Aerial Search for Icebergs (National Archives ID: 205581609) There is a wide gap in public understanding of agencies’ abilities to search their electronic archives and databases for records responsive to FOIA requests and the reality of agencies’ capabilities, according to a new paper, “FOIA Searches: Key Challenges and Findings,” published by a working group of … Continue reading Technology Committee Publishes Paper on FOIA Searches

OGIS Publishes Results of FOIA Compliance Self-Assessment Survey

When Agency Records Officers and Chief FOIA Officers work in harmony, FOIA works better. National Archives ID: 535858 The COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on FOIA processing and the use of e-discovery are among the topics in our latest report, Assessing Freedom of Information Act Compliance through the 2020 National Archives and Records Administration’s Records Management Self-Assessment. … Continue reading OGIS Publishes Results of FOIA Compliance Self-Assessment Survey

Got an Idea? Here’s How You Can Share It!

"Do You Have Any Bright Ideas" (National Archives ID: 514120) Interested in sharing with OGIS your thoughts about and experiences with FOIA? There are a number of ways to do that, and we’re happy to help you figure out where to best share your ideas.  The best venue to share your FOIA experiences and suggestions … Continue reading Got an Idea? Here’s How You Can Share It!

OGIS Publishes Issue Assessment on First-party Requests

Each day, people seeking records about themselves use the FOIA process to obtain their records as they navigate health care, employment, immigration, law enforcement or other issues that intersect in some way with the federal government. A government-wide look at what are known as “first-party requests” shows that the records requesters seek about themselves fall … Continue reading OGIS Publishes Issue Assessment on First-party Requests

FOIA Advisory Committee Meets on September 9

The next meeting of the 2020-2022 term of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee is on Thursday, September 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET. This virtual meeting is open to the public and registration is required for those wishing to make oral public comments. Please register here by 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, September … Continue reading FOIA Advisory Committee Meets on September 9

2022-2026 Draft NARA Strategic Plan

Meeting of Chicago Blackhills Highway Association, ca. 1923 - ca. 1955. National Archives Identifier: 12466011 The National Archives has posted its 2022-2026 draft Strategic Plan and is inviting public feedback during a virtual town hall at 1 p.m. ET Tuesday, August 17, 2021. A question-and-answer period will follow presentations by senior leadership. In addition to … Continue reading 2022-2026 Draft NARA Strategic Plan

New Paper Outlines Best Practices for Processing Video Records

If the government produces a record, requesters will want it. That is according to a new paper published by the Video Redaction Working Group of the Chief FOIA Officers Council's Technology Committee, which describes ways that agencies can meet this challenge when processing requests for video records such as law enforcement body camera footage, security … Continue reading New Paper Outlines Best Practices for Processing Video Records

OGIS: Spanning the Globe

Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) Director Alina M. Semo joined 63 information commissioners and ombudsmen overseeing access to public information from around the world in the first ever virtual convening of the International Conference of Information Commissioners (ICIC) closed meeting on June 23-24, 2021. During the two-day session, Director Semo updated participants on the … Continue reading OGIS: Spanning the Globe