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Help Us Keep Improving Our Website!

We hope you like the new look and feel of our updated website (do not worry if you do not see the updated version yet, it might take some time for the changes to roll out)! Over the past few … Continue reading

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Keep It Simple and Specific

Because we help resolve disputes between agencies and FOIA requesters, we see a broad sample of the kinds of requests that members of the public file with agencies. Seeing this range of requests also gives us a pretty good idea … Continue reading

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Finding Content on Our Updated Website: A Guide

As we let you know last week, we will soon be rolling out an update to the OGIS website. We are very excited about the fresh look and feel of the site and are back today to tell you a … Continue reading

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Update Your Address Book: OGIS is Moving!

Within the next few weeks, OGIS will have a new physical and virtual home. Contacting our New Office Beginning on May 5th, our offices will be located within the Government Publishing Office at 732 North Capitol St. NW, Washington, DC … Continue reading

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OGIS is Still Interested in Still Interested Letters

Almost a year ago we published our report on recommendations to improve the transparency of the use of “still interested” letters to administratively close FOIA requests and reduce requester frustration with the practice. Our recommendations were based on findings of … Continue reading

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Don’t Miss Our First Annual Open Meeting on April 20th

We hope you are planning to join us for our first annual Open Meeting on Thursday, April 20th in the William G. McGowan Theater! If you cannot attend in person, you can still watch all of the action via the … Continue reading

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New OGIS Handout Available

It will come as no surprise to our regular readers when we say that the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 has resulted in substantial changes to OGIS’s operations. As we have talked about in a few blog posts, OGIS now … Continue reading

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OGIS Public Meeting and FOIA Advisory Committee Session: April 20th

Mark your calendars to join us in the William G. McGowan Theater in the National Archives’ downtown DC location on Thursday, April 20th for two events! The day will kick off with OGIS’s first public meeting beginning at 9 am.  … Continue reading

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Register Now for Dispute Resolution Training for FOIA Professionals on April 18th

Did you know that dispute resolution skills can help you improve communication with not just FOIA requesters, but also with your agency colleagues, and even your friends and family? Register today for our April 18th Dispute Resolution Skills for FOIA … Continue reading

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United States Secret Service Reports Steps to Strengthen FOIA Program

In late February, the United States Secret Service (USSS) FOIA sent us a letter responding to the 12 recommendations we made in our compliance assessment report of their FOIA program. In the letter, USSS reports that they concur with each … Continue reading

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