An Update – and Request for Input – from the FOIA Advisory Committee

Be sure to record your thoughts on the role of agency FOIA Public Liaisons with the FOIA Advisory Committee. (NARA Identifier 521255)

On January 19, 2016, the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee held its seventh quarterly meeting at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. We heard from the  three subcommittees: Oversight and Accountability, FOIA Fees, and Proactive Disclosure.  If you were not able to join us in person, you can still get in on the action:

The Archivist of United States, David Ferriero, kicked off the meeting by announcing that the National Archives will renew the Committee’s charter for another two years. If you are interested in applying for the Committee’s next term, we encourage you to read the Committee’s bylaws to learn more about its membership criteria and purpose, and to keep an eye on this blog for information on how to submit nominations.

During the meeting, the Committee voted to move forward with its first recommendation to the Archivist, a proposal from the FOIA Fees subcommittee that the Archivist recommend that the Office of Management and Budget update its 1987 guidance to agencies on fees. The Fees subcommittee intends to present the Committee with more specific recommendations for updating the guidance at the next Committee meeting, scheduled for April 19, 2016.

The Oversight and Accountability subcommittee announced that it would like to hear your thoughts on the impact and effectiveness of the FOIA Public Liaison role. If you have observations that you would like to share, please check out the subcommittee’s request and learn how to share your feedback here: