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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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OGIS Releases its Fiscal Year 2016 Report

In his welcoming remarks at Monday’s  Sunshine Week celebration at the National Archives (video), the Archivist of the United States noted the substantial effort our agency has put towards improving open government over the last few years, and noted that … Continue reading

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[UPDATED] Sunshine Week 2017 at the National Archives!

Watch video of the event via YouTube! Updated Final Agenda 1:00: Welcome by the Archivist of the United States 1:10: A Dialogue about Access to the Nation’s Treasures David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress … Continue reading

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Checking in on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau FOIA Process

Have you made a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)? Our Compliance Team wants to hear about your experience. Our compliance review process includes several methods to better understand how an agency FOIA program … Continue reading

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Join Federal Agencies in Celebrating Sunshine Week 2017

While our neighbors up north have been busy digging out from recent snowfalls, we have been busy thinking about the sunshine! Specifically, we have been putting together some exciting plans for Sunshine Week 2017. As we have announced previously, we … Continue reading

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DHS FOIA Policy Office Concurs with OGIS Recommendation

Last week we received a response from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Privacy Office to our December 2016 FOIA compliance assessment. The DHS Privacy Office is led by the agency’s Chief FOIA Officer, who has specific responsibilities agency-wide for … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk about Fees…

Sometimes even highly-experienced FOIA requesters approach us with questions about FOIA’s admittedly complicated fee structure. We thought it might be useful to break down the current fee structure a little and provide an update on fee provisions included in the … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendar for Our Upcoming Events!

As you all begin to fill out your new 2017 calendars, we want to take a few moments to make sure you know about some special events we have planned in the coming months. Please take a moment to write … Continue reading

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FOIA Advisory Committee to Meet on January 26th

Mark your calendar and RSVP to join us for the next session of the FOIA Advisory Committee on January 26, 2017. The meeting is scheduled to run from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in the National Archives’ William G. McGowan … Continue reading

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Q&A with OGIS’s New Director, Alina M. Semo

1)     Please tell us a little about yourself. I am the product of parents who emigrated to the United States to avoid continued religious, artistic and professional persecution at the hands of the Communist Romanian regime.  In direct and indirect … Continue reading

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