Monthly Archives: August 2012

Government-wide Records Directive Addresses Electronic Records

By the end of the decade, Federal agencies must digitize management of electronic records—including the millions of emails sent and received each year—according to a new records directive introduced last week. With a focus on a digital transition, the Managing … Continue reading

Posted in About FOIA, Best practices, definitions and concepts, Open Government, Records Management, Team approach

Thinking about process

When OGIS Director Miriam Nisbet opened the office in September 2009, three requests for OGIS assistance awaited her attention, yet she had no process in place for dealing with cases or any staff members to work on them. Since its … Continue reading

Posted in About OGIS, Alternative dispute resolution, definitions and concepts, Mediation services, Ombudsman

More on Immigration Records

An OGIS-sponsored forum on immigration records on May 23 brought together FOIA professionals from five agencies which maintain immigration records with immigration attorneys and others interested in such records. The FOIA Ombudsman is spot-lighting each agency and the types of … Continue reading

Posted in About FOIA, About OGIS, definitions and concepts, Immigration records, Ombudsman

Got Appeals?

The administrative appeal process is an integral part of FOIA. Federal agencies received almost 10,000 FOIA appeals in the year ending September 30, 2010. FOIA sets forth two requirements pertaining to the appeal process: (1) agencies must notify requesters of … Continue reading

Posted in About FOIA, About OGIS, Best practices, definitions and concepts, Ombudsman, Requests and appeals, Team approach

More on Declassification

Documents declassified by the government’s highest classification authority will soon be posted online in a new government declassification portal, a Federal declassification expert said at a July 25, 2012 FOIA Requester Roundtable. William C. Carpenter of the Information Security Oversight … Continue reading

Posted in About FOIA, Declassification, definitions and concepts, OGIS events, Ombudsman, Open Government, Records Management | 2 Comments