FOIA Advisory Committee Organizes into Four Subcommittees

The following post is from Kimberlee Ried of NARA’s Museum Programs Division who is detailed to OGIS with FOIA Advisory Committee work.  In its first meeting of the 2020-2022 term, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee drew from a presentation by the Chief FOIA Officers Council Technology Committee and ideas from previous Advisory … Continue reading FOIA Advisory Committee Organizes into Four Subcommittees

October Observances

Crisp breezes, colorful leaves, pumpkin spice everything, and...customer service? October brings several recognized days that are central to OGIS’s role as the FOIA Ombudsman.  First, we wish you a very happy Ombuds Day! Tomorrow, October 8, 2020, is officially recognized by the Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association (ABA) as Ombuds Day. This … Continue reading October Observances

Chief FOIA Officers Council: Upcoming Virtual Meeting & a New Officer for DHS

There is still time to register for the upcoming Chief FOIA Officers Council meeting, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on October 14, 2020. Please register using Eventbrite; we will follow up with Webex instructions. We will also live stream the meeting on the National Archives’ YouTube channel for those who wish … Continue reading Chief FOIA Officers Council: Upcoming Virtual Meeting & a New Officer for DHS

OGIS Publishes Issue Assessment on FOIA Performance Measures for Non-FOIA Professionals

 This post was written by Brittany Parris, an Archivist with the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta, who conducted the assessment while on temporary assignment to OGIS as part of the National Archives and Records Administration Cross-training Program. We are happy to share our latest assessment, which examines FOIA performance measures for non-FOIA … Continue reading OGIS Publishes Issue Assessment on FOIA Performance Measures for Non-FOIA Professionals

UNESCO and ICIC Celebrate International Day for Universal Access to Information

In observance of International Day for Universal Access to Information, two international access organizations are co-hosting a webinar from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT on September 29, 2020, to discuss best practices in access to information amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Register for the webinar here. The United National Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) … Continue reading UNESCO and ICIC Celebrate International Day for Universal Access to Information

OGIS Publishes Results of COVID-19 FOIA Website Review

Federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) websites are more likely than not to be silent on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting agency FOIA processing. A majority of federal FOIA websites – 62.6 percent – reviewed by the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) in May and early June do not alert requesters to changes … Continue reading OGIS Publishes Results of COVID-19 FOIA Website Review

Nominations Open for 2020-2022 FOIA Advisory Committee

If you or someone you know have a passion for FOIA and a commitment to improving the FOIA process, please consider submitting a nomination for the 2020-22 term of the Federal FOIA Advisory Committee.  We are looking for a wide range of FOIA experts from both inside and outside of government. We seek, at a minimum:   … Continue reading Nominations Open for 2020-2022 FOIA Advisory Committee

COVID-19 and FOIA: DOJ Releases New Guidance

On May 28th, the Department of Justice, Office of Information Policy (OIP) posted Guidance for Agency FOIA Administration in Light of COVID-19 Impacts. Here are some highlights: Agencies’ legal obligations under the FOIA continue even as agencies are working during COVID-19. All of FOIA’s statutory time limits continue to apply during workforce adjustments. Agencies have … Continue reading COVID-19 and FOIA: DOJ Releases New Guidance

2018-2020 FOIA Advisory Committee Draft Final Report Available for Public Comment

Including the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in agency strategic plans, providing mandatory annual FOIA training, and briefing new senior leaders on their obligations and responsibilities under FOIA are among 22 recommendations in a draft final report from the third term of the FOIA Advisory Committee to the Archivist of the United States. The Committee … Continue reading 2018-2020 FOIA Advisory Committee Draft Final Report Available for Public Comment

The Importance of Preserving Pandemic Records

In a recent statement, Turning the threat of COVID-19 into an opportunity for greater support to documentary heritage, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognized that the COVID-19 pandemic, which many countries have already declared to be modern history’s gravest health emergency, will one day become a part of our shared history. In … Continue reading The Importance of Preserving Pandemic Records