The intersection of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and records management will be the focus of the next FOIA Advisory Committee meeting on November 29, 2018, in the William G. McGowan Theater at the National Archives in Washington, DC.
The meeting, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., is the second of the 2018-2020 term of the FOIA Advisory Committee, whose members are appointed by the Archivist of the United States and are tasked with studying FOIA across the government, soliciting public comments, and recommending improvements to the Archivist. This is the third two-year term of the Committee, established by the National Archives and Records Administration in 2013 under the Open Government National Action Plan 2.0. The Committee’s members, all experts in FOIA, come from both inside and outside the government. OGIS’s Director chairs the Committee and NARA staff administratively support its work.
At their inaugural meeting in September, Committee members established subcommittees around three broad topics to explore over the next two years. The subcommittees are Records Management, Time/Volume, and Vision.
At the November 29th meeting, the Committee will hear from representatives of several Offices of Inspectors General that have conducted audits or investigations into FOIA and/or records management. Next, Laurence Brewer, Chief Records Officer for the U.S. Government will update the Committee on records management issues. Finally, the Committee will hear updates from each subcommittee. OGIS will also provide an update on the status of past recommendations from the two previous terms of the FOIA Advisory Committee. The meeting will conclude with a public comment period.
If you are interested in attending the November 29th meeting, please register online. We hope to see you there.