April Showers Bring May Flowers … and OGIS Events!

Spring is here and several events of interest to the FOIA community are just around the corner. Please mark your calendars for several virtual OGIS-sponsored FOIA events coming up this spring and subscribe to our blog, and follow us on Twitter and Eventbrite to stay tuned to the latest OGIS news!

Chief FOIA Officers Council Meeting
Thursday, April 29, 2021
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (ET)
Registration Link

The Chief FOIA Officers Council (CFO) meets to provide an overview of the Council for new CFOs and updates from OGIS, the Office of Information Policy (OIP), and the CFO Council Committees.

Members of the public are invited to:

  • Watch the livestream on the National Archives’ YouTube Channel.
  • Attend the meeting virtually through Webex. Those attending the meeting via Webex will need to connect to the audio portion of the meeting by telephone. 

To present oral comments during the Public Comments portion of the meeting, you must register to attend via Webex.

If you wish to attend via Webex, you must register by April 27 at 11:59 p.m. (ET). After you register, we will email you information for accessing the meeting.

Finding a Needle in a Haystack: Enterprise-wide FOIA Searches at CDC
Thursday, May 6, 2021 
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (ET)
Registration Link

OGIS will host the FOIA office of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for a deep dive into the search process for agency-wide (enterprise) electronic records. Topics will include:

  • The boundaries of enterprise search
  • Tools to retrieve documents 
  • Real examples and demonstrations of successful searches
  • Tips for scoping requests to ensure better search results

This session will be particularly helpful for those requesters who seek email records and have been informed that the request’s scope is too broad. Other agency FOIA offices that are challenged by enterprise search may also find this discussion helpful. Please join us!

OGIS Annual Open Meeting
Tuesday, May 12, 2021
10 a.m. to Noon (ET)
Registration to attend this virtual meeting is not yet open.

In accordance with the FOIA, OGIS will host its Annual Open Meeting to discuss its activities, reviews and reports. Interested persons may present oral and written statements during the meeting.

FOIA Advisory Committee Meeting
Thursday, June 10, 2021
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (ET)
Registration to attend this virtual meeting is not yet open.

The National Archives and Records Administration’s FOIA Advisory Committee will host a virtual open meeting, the fourth of the 2020-2022 term, to hear updates from the Committee’s Classification, Legislation, Process, and Technology subcommittees.