Check out the FOIA Advisory Committee’s Meetings on YouTube

YouTube and the National Archives Catalog both host their fair share of cute cats. (NARA Identifier 175914)

It turns out that you can find something other than great cat videos on YouTube: videos of all of the past meetings of the FOIA Advisory Committee!

You can find all of the videos, including footage of the latest meeting on October 25, on a playlist on the National Archives’ YouTube account. Check out Part 1 of the meeting to see a presentation from the U.S. Access Board and the General Services Administration about Federal accessibility requirements for all material that is posted on government websites and hear the Committee discuss how these requirements intersect with agency efforts to make available to the public more information released under FOIA. Part 2 of the video includes the Committee’s discussion about the issues its members plan to address during its two-year term. The Committee decided to set up subcommittees to address proactive disclosure and accessibility requirements; search for records; and resources and efficiencies.

Created in May 2014 as part of the second United States Open Government National Action Plan, the FOIA Advisory Committee works to foster dialog between the administration and the requester community, solicit public comments, and develop consensus recommendations for improving FOIA administration and proactive disclosures.

The National Archives also posts videos of many of the events held in the William G. McGowan Theater, including our March 2016 event celebrating open government, Sunshine Week 2016 at the National Archives. We hope that you will take some time to browse the National Archives’ offerings and let us know if you find a new favorite video!