OGIS: Spanning the Globe

Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) Director Alina M. Semo joined 63 information commissioners and ombudsmen overseeing access to public information from around the world in the first ever virtual convening of the International Conference of Information Commissioners (ICIC) closed meeting on June 23-24, 2021. During the two-day session, Director Semo updated participants on the … Continue reading OGIS: Spanning the Globe

Recap: Recent OGIS/CDC Webinar on Enterprise Searching

https://catalog.archives.gov/id/4492629 While you may not be familiar with the term “enterprise search,” those who have recently submitted a broad FOIA request for email records are likely to be familiar with the challenges agencies face in conducting records searches across vast electronic repositories. On May 6, 2021, OGIS hosted a webinar with Centers for Disease Control … Continue reading Recap: Recent OGIS/CDC Webinar on Enterprise Searching

OGIS Report on Fiscal Year 2020 Now Available

Over the last year, the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted nearly every aspect of our professional and personal lives. OGIS’s 2021 Report for Fiscal Year 2020 provides a window into the ways that the pandemic has affected the FOIA process across federal agencies, and describes OGIS’s work to assist requesters and agencies with the FOIA process in … Continue reading OGIS Report on Fiscal Year 2020 Now Available

Join us May 12 for our Annual Open Meeting

In accordance with the FOIA statute, OGIS will host an annual public meeting on Wednesday, May 12th at 10 a.m. EDT. Join us virtually to hear about our annual report for fiscal year (FY) 2020 and our recommendations to Congress and the President. Members of the public will also have the opportunity to present oral … Continue reading Join us May 12 for our Annual Open Meeting

Getting to Know the FOIA Advisory Committee: Alexandra Perloff-Giles

Today we present an interview with Alexandra Perloff-Giles, an attorney with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher’s Media, Entertainment and Technology Group and a member of the 2020-2022 FOIA Advisory Committee. This is part of a series of posts on the Committee, whose members are FOIA experts from inside and outside of government and who are appointed by … Continue reading Getting to Know the FOIA Advisory Committee: Alexandra Perloff-Giles

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