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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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Outbreak of Interesting FOIA Discussions Reported at CDC Atlanta HQ

On Wednesday, March 28, OGIS’s Mediation Team Lead Carrie McGuire facilitated a FOIA forum at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. This special event brought together FOIA processors, FOIA coordinators, appeals staff and others from … Continue reading

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OGIS Fiscal Year 2017 Report Now Available

We realize that it was a very busy Sunshine Week, so we understand if you missed the fact that in addition to testifying on the Hill and hosting and participating in great events, we also released our Fiscal Year (FY) … Continue reading

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Tips for Avoiding FOIA Lawsuits

Last week our mediation team facilitator, Christa Lemelin, gave a five minute lightning talk at the Department of Commerce Sunshine Week celebration about common mistakes agencies make that could increase the likelihood of a FOIA requester filing a lawsuit against … Continue reading

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Sunshine Week 2018 (Early) Recap

There are still a few days left in Sunshine Week 2018, but we wanted to go ahead and share a recap of some exciting events that have already happened! On Monday, we were honored to host the third annual National … Continue reading

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services FOIA Compliance Assessment Report Now Available

Earlier this week we published our FOIA compliance assessment report of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). OGIS has now published assessments of seven (7) component agencies of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – including the three FOIA programs … Continue reading

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[UPDATED] Sunshine Week 2018 at the National Archives

    Sunshine Week 2018 Agenda Monday, March 12, 2018 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm William G. McGowan Theater     Register to attend via EventBrite Watch on YouTube (stream begins at 1:00 pm on March 12) Speaker Biographies 1:00: Welcome … Continue reading

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Updated: Sunshine Week Celebrations across the Federal Government

We are looking forward to announcing details about our March 12th Sunshine Week celebration soon! While we put some finishing touches on our afternoon agenda, we wanted to go ahead and let you know about a couple of other Sunshine … Continue reading

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OGIS Releases FOIA Compliance Self-Assessment Survey Results

We are excited to announce the release of our analysis and observations of FOIA compliance issues based on the responses to FOIA questions included in the 2016 Records Management Self-Assessment (RMSA). The RMSA is a sophisticated agency self-assessment program developed … Continue reading

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