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FOIA and NARA’s Federal Records Centers

We sometimes hear from FOIA requesters and agency personnel who are confused about why a FOIA request for records at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is not processed by NARA. The answer has to do with whether the … Continue reading

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Highlighting Great Customer Service at USCIS

Each year we include a few case studies in our Annual Report to highlight the way that we can help assist FOIA requesters and agencies in resolving FOIA disputes. Today, we want to share one of the case studies from … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendars

During our Second Annual Open Meeting on May 18, 2018 our Director, Alina Semo, shared a preview of what you can expect from OGIS during the remainder of Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, including event dates, upcoming reports and other exciting … Continue reading

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Final Report and Recommendations of the 2016-2018 FOIA Advisory Committee Released

On April 17, 2018 the 2016-2018 Term of the FOIA Advisory Committee wrapped up its work by approving its Final Report and Recommendations.  The report is the culmination of two years of work by individuals with particular FOIA expertise inside … Continue reading

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Time is Running Out: Register Today for the Second Annual OGIS Open Meeting!

Don’t forget to register to join us for the Second Annual OGIS Open Meeting on Friday, May 18th from 10 a.m. to noon. This is your opportunity to learn more about our activities, hear from members of the FOIA Advisory … Continue reading

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Five Ways Agencies are Improving FOIA Compliance

As we wrote about in our Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Annual Report, our agency compliance assessment process recognizes that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to administering FOIA—each agency’s records are unique and as such, management of the FOIA process differs. … Continue reading

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Volunteer to Improve the Administration of FOIA

Did you hear that we are currently accepting nominations for the 2018-2020 Term of the Federal FOIA Advisory Committee? Who should be nominated? We are looking for agency FOIA professionals and nongovernment members who are interested in working to improve … Continue reading

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Don’t Miss Our Second Annual Open Meeting: May 18, 2018

Registration is now open for our Second Annual Open Meeting on Friday, May 18, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to noon in the William G. McGowan Theater at the National Archives. The purpose of the meeting is to provide the public … Continue reading

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Time to Register for Our May 8th Dispute Resolution Skills Training Session!

Registration is now open for our May 8 Dispute Resolution Skills for FOIA Professionals training session. Space is limited and seats fill up fast, so make sure you act now to reserve your spot for this free training! We ask … Continue reading

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FOIA Advisory Committee Set to Vote on Final Report and Recommendations on April 17th

On Tuesday, April 17th, the FOIA Advisory Committee will wrap up its current two-year term and vote on its Final Report and Recommendations. As regular readers of our blog know, during this term the FOIA Advisory Committee examined specific areas … Continue reading

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