Chief FOIA Officers Council meets November 17

Washington Heritage Trail - Eastern Panhandle Orchards (National Archives ID: 7722747) Please mark your calendars for the next meeting of the Chief Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officers Council, which will be held virtually on Wednesday November 17, 2021, starting at 10:00 am EST. The meeting is open to Chief FOIA Officers, FOIA professionals and … Continue reading Chief FOIA Officers Council meets November 17

Technology Committee Publishes Paper on FOIA Searches

Aerial Search for Icebergs (National Archives ID: 205581609) There is a wide gap in public understanding of agencies’ abilities to search their electronic archives and databases for records responsive to FOIA requests and the reality of agencies’ capabilities, according to a new paper, “FOIA Searches: Key Challenges and Findings,” published by a working group of … Continue reading Technology Committee Publishes Paper on FOIA Searches

OGIS Publishes Issue Assessment on First-party Requests

Each day, people seeking records about themselves use the FOIA process to obtain their records as they navigate health care, employment, immigration, law enforcement or other issues that intersect in some way with the federal government. A government-wide look at what are known as “first-party requests” shows that the records requesters seek about themselves fall … Continue reading OGIS Publishes Issue Assessment on First-party Requests

Getting to Know the FOIA Advisory Committee: Roger Andoh

Today we present an interview with Roger Andoh, FOIA Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and a member of the 2020-2022 term of the 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 … Continue reading Getting to Know the FOIA Advisory Committee: Roger Andoh

Getting to Know the FOIA Advisory Committee: David Cuillier

Today we present an interview with David Cuillier, Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor at the University of Arizona School of Journalism and a member of the 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 who are appointed … Continue reading Getting to Know the FOIA Advisory Committee: David Cuillier

Main Reading Room, Helsinki Information Library

OGIS Publishes Assessment on Posting to FOIA Websites

Main Reading Room, Helsinki Information Library(National Archives ID: 23932377) This post was written by Meredith Doviak, Community Manager of the National Archives Catalog, who conducted this assessment on temporary assignment to OGIS as part of a National Archives and Records Administration Cross-training Program.  OGIS is pleased to announce our latest issue assessment examining the methods … Continue reading OGIS Publishes Assessment on Posting to FOIA Websites

Register Now for Dec. 10 FOIA Advisory Committee Meeting

Time is running out to register to attend—virtually, of course—the next meeting of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee on Thursday, December 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET.  Register here by 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 8 to receive an email with instructions for accessing the meeting via WebEx. Those … Continue reading Register Now for Dec. 10 FOIA Advisory Committee Meeting

FOIA Advisory Committee Meets on December 10

The following post is from Kimberlee Ried of NARA’s Museum Programs Division who is detailed to OGIS to assist with FOIA Advisory Committee work.  The next meeting of the 2020-2022 term of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee is on Thursday, December 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET.  This virtual meeting … Continue reading FOIA Advisory Committee Meets on December 10

OGIS Releases FOIA Advisory Committee Recommendations Dashboard

Ever wonder what happens to all the recommendations made by the FOIA Advisory Committee? Thanks to OGIS’s new dashboard tool, you can check on their status yourself! Thirty FOIA Advisory Committee recommendations for improving FOIA administration across the government can now be tracked in one place: a recommendations dashboard on the OGIS website. The dashboard … Continue reading OGIS Releases FOIA Advisory Committee Recommendations Dashboard

OGIS Publishes NRC FOIA Compliance Assessment Report

Drawing of nuclear reactor uranium "pile." Photograph taken January 27, 1950 (NARA ID: 22118314) OGIS’s latest agency compliance assessment delivers six findings and 10 recommendations for  improving FOIA compliance and administration at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), which regulates commercial nuclear power plants and other uses of nuclear materials, such as in nuclear medicine. NRC … Continue reading OGIS Publishes NRC FOIA Compliance Assessment Report