Recap: Recent OGIS/CDC Webinar on Enterprise Searching

https://catalog.archives.gov/id/4492629 While you may not be familiar with the term “enterprise search,” those who have recently submitted a broad FOIA request for email records are likely to be familiar with the challenges agencies face in conducting records searches across vast electronic repositories. On May 6, 2021, OGIS hosted a webinar with Centers for Disease Control … Continue reading Recap: Recent OGIS/CDC Webinar on Enterprise Searching

Getting to Know the FOIA Advisory Committee: Matthew Schwarz

Eighth grade students from St. Bonaventure High School spend recess period picking up trash on the beach near oil wells, 5/1972. Image from the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) DOCUMERIA project. National Archives Identifier 542655. Today we present an interview with Matthew Schwarz, an Attorney-Advisor in the Information Law Practice Group with the Office of General … Continue reading Getting to Know the FOIA Advisory Committee: Matthew Schwarz

FOIA Advisory Committee Meets on June 10

Image from National Archives Giphy channel. The next meeting of the 2020-2022 term of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee is on Thursday, June 10, 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 … Continue reading FOIA Advisory Committee Meets on June 10

OGIS Report on Fiscal Year 2020 Now Available

Over the last year, the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted nearly every aspect of our professional and personal lives. OGIS’s 2021 Report for Fiscal Year 2020 provides a window into the ways that the pandemic has affected the FOIA process across federal agencies, and describes OGIS’s work to assist requesters and agencies with the FOIA process in … Continue reading OGIS Report on Fiscal Year 2020 Now Available

Join us May 12 for our Annual Open Meeting

In accordance with the FOIA statute, OGIS will host an annual public meeting on Wednesday, May 12th at 10 a.m. EDT. Join us virtually to hear about our annual report for fiscal year (FY) 2020 and our recommendations to Congress and the President. Members of the public will also have the opportunity to present oral … Continue reading Join us May 12 for our Annual Open Meeting

Getting to Know the FOIA Advisory Committee: Allan Blutstein

Allan Blutstein, Senior Vice President at America Rising Political Action Committee Today we present an interview with Allan Blutstein, Senior Vice President at America Rising Political Action Committee and a member of the 2020-2022 FOIA Advisory Committee. This is part of a series of posts on the Committee, whose members are FOIA experts from inside and … Continue reading Getting to Know the FOIA Advisory Committee: Allan Blutstein

Getting to Know the FOIA Advisory Committee: Tuan Samahon

Tuan Samahon, Professor of Law at Villanova University Today we present an interview with Tuan Samahon, Professor of Law at Villanova University and a member of the 2020-2022 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 and who are … Continue reading Getting to Know the FOIA Advisory Committee: Tuan Samahon

Join us for the CFO Council Meeting on April 29 – Registration Closes Soon

Date Waiting GIF from How to Succeed with Brunettes (NARA ID: 4523330) There is still time to register for the upcoming Chief FOIA Officers (CFO) Council meeting, which takes place virtually from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (ET) on Thursday, April 29, 2021. The meeting is open to Chief FOIA Officers, FOIA professionals and members … Continue reading Join us for the CFO Council Meeting on April 29 – Registration Closes Soon

April Showers Bring May Flowers … and OGIS Events!

Spring is here and several events of interest to the FOIA community are just around the corner. Please mark your calendars for several virtual OGIS-sponsored FOIA events coming up this spring and subscribe to our blog, and follow us on Twitter and Eventbrite to stay tuned to the latest OGIS news!Chief FOIA Officers Council MeetingThursday, … Continue reading April Showers Bring May Flowers … and OGIS Events!