Reserve a Seat for the Upcoming Dispute Resolution Skills Training Session

Calling all FOIA professionals! Registration is now open for the November 2nd session of our popular training, “Dispute Resolution Skills for FOIA Professionals,” which will be held at the OGIS offices in downtown Washington, DC. This free, daylong training session helps FOIA professionals develop valuable communication skills for preventing and resolving FOIA disputes. Attendees also … Continue reading Reserve a Seat for the Upcoming Dispute Resolution Skills Training Session

Wrap Up of October CFO Council Meeting

The Chief FOIA Officers (CFO) Council met on October 4th to discuss the Final Report and Recommendations issued by the 2016-2018 term of the FOIA Advisory Committee and related guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Information Policy (OIP).  What follows are a few highlights from the presentation: Archivist of the United … Continue reading Wrap Up of October CFO Council Meeting

Happy Dispute Resolution Month from OGIS!

Did you know that October is Conflict Resolution Month? While we at OGIS believe that Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is important every month, we are also happy to have an excuse to highlight our ADR activities. OGIS’s Mediation Program We offer dispute resolution services, including mediation and other informal processes such as facilitation or conciliation, … Continue reading Happy Dispute Resolution Month from OGIS!

Focus on Immigration Records

No other category of records is requested more frequently through through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) than immigration-related records. But figuring out which of numerous Federal agencies have which records can be daunting. OGIS, along with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, hosted a special forum on immigration records on August 30, 2018, at the … Continue reading Focus on Immigration Records

Register to Attend the October 4 Chief FOIA Officers Council Meeting

The Chief FOIA Officers Council will meet on October 4, 2018, at 10 a.m. in the William G. McGowan Theater, and this meeting is open to the public. If you want to attend in person, please register using Eventbrite. If you cannot attend in person, feel free to join us via livestream. The Chief FOIA … Continue reading Register to Attend the October 4 Chief FOIA Officers Council Meeting

FOIA Advisory Committee Sets Its 2018-2020 Agenda

The third term of the FOIA Advisory Committee met for the first time on September 6, 2018, at the National Archives in Washington, DC. Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero and FOIA Advisory Committee Chairperson Alina M. Semo welcomed the Committee members, who introduced themselves and shared why they joined the Committee. The … Continue reading FOIA Advisory Committee Sets Its 2018-2020 Agenda

Join Us Online for the Inaugural Meeting of the 2018-2020 FOIA Advisory Committee

If you did not get a chance to register to attend the first meeting of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee’s 2018-2020 term, don’t despair! You can still join us on September 6, 2018 in the William G. McGowan Theater at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. via our livestream. This will be … Continue reading Join Us Online for the Inaugural Meeting of the 2018-2020 FOIA Advisory Committee

Upcoming Forum on Accessing Immigration Records

Don't miss out on the opportunity to register for the upcoming Multi-Agency Forum on Using FOIA to Access Immigration Records. OGIS—along with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)—will co-host a special forum on immigration records on August 30, 2018. This event will bring together representatives of a number of agencies, including: USCIS U.S. Department of State … Continue reading Upcoming Forum on Accessing Immigration Records

OGIS Releases Compliance Assessment of U.S. Postal Service FOIA Program

We are happy to announce the publication of our compliance assessment report of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). USPS invited us to conduct this assessment as part of their ongoing efforts to strengthen their FOIA program. OGIS’s agency assessments are based on direct observation and review of USPS’s FOIA case files, analysis of applicable data … Continue reading OGIS Releases Compliance Assessment of U.S. Postal Service FOIA Program

Registration is Open for the Inaugural Meeting of the 2018-2020 FOIA Advisory Committee

Join us in the William G. McGowan Theater at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. on September 6, 2018 for the first meeting of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee’s 2018-2020 term. At this meeting, the Committee will kick off its work and will happily receive your thoughts on the greatest challenges to … Continue reading Registration is Open for the Inaugural Meeting of the 2018-2020 FOIA Advisory Committee