If you’re in the DC area, we hope you can join us for the next meeting of the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee, taking place on Tuesday, October 20th from 10 am to 1 pm. The meeting will be held at the National Archives and Records Administration, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW in the Archivist’s Reception Room (Room 105). To attend you must RSVP.
Similar to past meetings of the FOIA Advisory Committee, the purpose of this meeting is to hear updates from the subcommittees and gather public feedback. Our regular readers know that the Committee is focusing its work on three issues: FOIA fees, oversight and accountability, and proactive disclosure. The Committee is expected to present recommendations to improve the FOIA process to the Archivist of the United States.
Over the past year, Committee members have been hard at work studying these issues and gathering information in order to inform its recommendations. Before the meeting, we hope you will take a few minutes to look through the collection of resources put together by members of the Oversight and Accountability Subcommittee and the results of the Subcommittee’s survey of FOIA Public Liaisons. You can also review the results of a survey created by the Fees Subcommittee on the use of FOIA fees by agencies.