One of the most common questions that we receive about OGIS’s work is: “What kinds of FOIA disputes do you see?” If you are interested in learning more about our cases, check out the case closure letters posted on our website. We first announced that we would post our case closure letters during Sunshine Week 2014. Since our announcement, we have posted more than 150 letters.
Why are these letters important? When OGIS completes work on a request for mediation services, we generally summarize the case and its outcome in a letter that is sent to both the requester and the agency. Each letter provides an important snapshot of the facts of the case and our work.
We add new letters to our online repository each week; this index shows the date each letter was uploaded and offers a brief description of the case. We have created separate, sortable databases by fiscal year; you can sort the databases by a variety of characteristics. You can also download our posted letters as a CSV file from FY 2013 and FY 2014.
We hope that you will take a look at our growing collection of letters from FY 2015. If you have any suggestions on ways to make these final letters more accessible, please let us know in the comments!