Join Us for Our Annual Open Meeting!

Got a question for the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS)? Or do you want to hear more about our work as the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Ombudsman over the past year? If so, please join us for the OGIS annual open meeting on Friday, June 14, 2019, in the William G. McGowan Theater … Continue reading Join Us for Our Annual Open Meeting!

Join Us for the Next FOIA Advisory Committee Meeting!

We often think of agency Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests as a tool for journalists and those with commercial interests in government records, but in reality, those seeking records about themselves vastly outnumber commercial requesters at some agencies. The FOIA Advisory Committee will explore the issue of how requests from individuals seeking records about … Continue reading Join Us for the Next FOIA Advisory Committee Meeting!

Happy Public Service Recognition Week!

Since 1985, the first full week of May has been designated as Public Service Recognition Week to honor those who serve our nation as Federal, state, county, and local government employees. Public service careers are not for those who seek glory—in fact, at its best, public service is largely invisible. We appreciate the annual opportunity … Continue reading Happy Public Service Recognition Week!

Getting to Know the FOIA Advisory Committee: Michael Morisy

Today we present an interview with Michael Morisy, founder and chief executive of the non-profit Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) tool and news site MuckRock and a member of the FOIA Advisory Committee. MuckRock has worked with more than 10,000 requesters to file, track and share their Federal FOIA and other public records requests. Over … Continue reading Getting to Know the FOIA Advisory Committee: Michael Morisy

Epidemic of FOIA Excitement at CDC-Atlanta

  OGIS Deputy Director Martha Murphy and Mediation Team Lead Carrie McGuire visited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia this week to participate in the Center’s third annual FOIA training summit. This special event brought together FOIA processors, FOIA coordinators, appeals staff and others to discuss FOIA issues of special … Continue reading Epidemic of FOIA Excitement at CDC-Atlanta

Take a Lunch Break With OGIS

If you didn’t have a chance to attend either of OGIS’s recent live events, good news! Both the most recent meeting of the FOIA Advisory Committee and OGIS’s Sunshine Week event are available online, so you can catch up with OGIS from the comfort of your desk—maybe even while you eat your lunch! Plus, OGIS … Continue reading Take a Lunch Break With OGIS

Getting to Know the FOIA Advisory Committee: Patricia Weth

Today we present an interview with Patricia Weth, Deputy Assistant General Counsel in the FOIA Branch of the National Labor Relations Board and a member of the FOIA Advisory Committee. This is part of a series of posts on the Committee, whose members are FOIA experts from inside and outside of government who are appointed … Continue reading Getting to Know the FOIA Advisory Committee: Patricia Weth

Upcoming FOIA Advisory Committee Meeting–Join Us!

Want to join us in person for the Wednesday March 20, 2019, meeting of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee? Midnight Sunday March 17, 2019—St. Patrick’s Day—is the deadline for registering to attend the meeting, to be held from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT in the William G. McGowan Theater at the … Continue reading Upcoming FOIA Advisory Committee Meeting–Join Us!

OGIS Fiscal Year 2018 Report Now Available

This year—2019—we celebrate 10 years as the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Ombudsman. Anniversaries have a way of sparking reflection on the past, present and future—the theme of our 2019 Report for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. FY 2018 was our busiest yet. Among our activities, we Handled 4,681 requests for assistance—from FOIA requesters and agencies … Continue reading OGIS Fiscal Year 2018 Report Now Available