Mark Your Calendars: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 FOIA Advisory Committee Meeting

An academic snapshot of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) administration will be the focus of the next FOIA Advisory Committee meeting on March 20, 2019, in the William G. McGowan Theater at the National Archives in Washington, DC.

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The meeting, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., is the third of the 2018-2020 term of the FOIA Advisory Committee, which is tasked with studying FOIA across the government, soliciting public comments, and recommending to the Archivist of the United States improvements to FOIA administration.

Professors Khaldoun AbouAssi and Tina Nabatchi, of American University and Syracuse University, respectively, will present findings from their analysis of government-wide FOIA data that reveals trends in how FOIA is administered by Federal government agencies.

Also on the agenda are updates from the Committee’s three subcommittees—Time/Volume, Vision, and Records Management; an overview of OGIS’s work as the FOIA Ombudsman; and 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.

This is the third two-year term of the Committee, established by the National Archives in 2013 under the Open Government National Action Plan 2.0. The Committee’s members, all experts in FOIA who were appointed by the Archivist of the United States, come from both inside and outside the government. OGIS Director Alina M. Semo chairs the Committee and National Archives staff manages its work.

For those outside the DC area, the meeting will be live-streamed on the National Archives YouTube channel.  If you are interested in attending the March 20, 2019 meeting, please register.

We hope to see you there.