Join Us for Our Annual Open Meeting!


Got a question for the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS)? Or do you want to hear more about our work as the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Ombudsman over the past year? If so, please join us for the OGIS annual open meeting on Friday, June 14, 2019, in the William G. McGowan Theater at the National Archives in Washington, DC. The meeting is from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

OGIS Director Alina M. Semo will discuss OGIS’s accomplishments over the last fiscal year (FY), as described in OGIS’s 2019 Report for FY 2018. Specifically, attendees will learn about the five assessments OGIS published in FY 2018 as part of our compliance program, our dispute resolution work, the work of the FOIA Advisory Committee, and OGIS’s other outreach efforts.

The open meeting provides a valuable opportunity for OGIS’s stakeholders to share statements and provide comments to OGIS regarding its work. This year, as OGIS celebrates its 10th anniversary since opening our doors to the public (Fall 2009), we also will field general pre-submitted questions regarding our work, as well as cover some frequently asked questions. Whether you are joining us in person or via our livestream, we ask that you submit questions by email ( no later than June 12th. Please note that questions should be general in nature as they relate to OGIS’s programs and activities; we cannot address concerns about individual FOIA requests or OGIS cases in this forum.

If you are interested in attending the June 14, 2019 open meeting in person, please register online. You will go through security screening when you enter the building. For those outside the DC area, the meeting will be live-streamed on the National Archives YouTube channel. The live stream will include a captioning option, and we will monitor the comments section of the live stream for additional comments and questions.