The Office of Government Information Services 2023 Report for Fiscal Year 2022 is now available on our website. Highlights include:
- Handling over 4,500 requests for assistance — from both FOIA requesters and agencies.
- Providing a new virtual training program on negotiation for FOIA professionals.
- Leading and collaborating with the Chief FOIA Officers Council Technology Committee and the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Information Policy to showcase FOIA technology for federal agencies from 19 vendors in response to FOIA case processing challenges raised through the Technology Committee’s research.
- Publishing an assessment to fulfill a recommendation made by the 2018-2020 term of the FOIA Advisory Committee on FOIA’s inclusion in Agency Performance Plans.
- Leading and managing the FOIA Advisory Committee and four subcommittees through a fourth Committee term and delivering 20 recommendations for improving FOIA administration governmentwide to the Acting Archivist of the United States.
- Continuing our partnership with the National Archives and Records Administration’s Office of the Chief Records Officer (CRO) for the U.S. Government by asking all federal agencies questions about the COVID-19 pandemic’s continued effect on their FOIA processes, and the collaboration between Chief FOIA Officers and Agency Records Officers.
In addition, on June 13, 2023, OGIS hosted its Open Annual Meeting in accordance with the FOIA statute which requires OGIS to report annually to Congress and the President, and to have an annual meeting on OGIS’s “review and reports.” OGIS Director Alina M. Semo provided an overview of the services offered by the FOIA Ombudsman during Fiscal Year 2022 and welcomed public comment. The Open Annual Meeting is available for viewing on the National Archives YouTube channel.