Setting Expectations in Extraordinary Times

We at the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) hear you loud and clear! The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging FOIA professionals and requesters alike in unprecedented ways. Amid all the uncertainty, one thing is certain: response times are likely to increase. It is more important than ever to keep the lines of communication open. One … Continue reading Setting Expectations in Extraordinary Times

Sunshine Week in the Age of Social Distancing

As the sun sets on Sunshine Week, we hope you will continue to celebrate access to information with some interesting reading.  First, a reminder that OGIS published its 2020 Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2019 highlighting the work we do as FOIA Ombudsman to make the process work better for all through dispute resolution and … Continue reading Sunshine Week in the Age of Social Distancing

OGIS Is Open For Business – How to Reach Us

The rapid spread of COVID-19 in the United States is forcing many industries to rethink how they do business, and the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) is no exception. In the interest of social distancing, all OGIS staffers are teleworking. While we are pleased that we are able to continue to function as the … Continue reading OGIS Is Open For Business – How to Reach Us

Assessing FOIA Reading Rooms

The following post is written by Meredith Doviak, our National Archives colleague who is helping us assess methods agencies use to prepare documents for posting on agency FOIA reading rooms. In the decades since Congress amended FOIA in 1996 to expand the role of the agency FOIA reading room, the expectations and use of Federal … Continue reading Assessing FOIA Reading Rooms

OGIS Report on Fiscal Year 2019 Now Available

Public spaces at the National Archives are closed, but OGIS is pleased to continue operations online — including publication of our 2020 Annual Report for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. As OGIS Director Alina Semo notes in her message to readers, despite challenges faced in FY 2019, OGIS managed to reduce our backlog by 50 percent … Continue reading OGIS Report on Fiscal Year 2019 Now Available

Sunshine Week at the National Archives Update

We are excited to announce that Senior US District Court Judge Reggie B. Walton of the US District Court for the District of Columbia will join us on Monday March 16th for Sunshine Week at the National Archives. While we regret that Senior US District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth, along with his biographer, Adam … Continue reading Sunshine Week at the National Archives Update

Upcoming Intelligence Community FOIA Forum Canceled

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the National Archives must cancel both of the events scheduled for Thursday, March 12, 2020: National Declassification Center: Reflecting on our Beginnings, Forecasting our Future and the Multi-Agency Forum: Using FOIA to Access Intelligence Community Records. We apologize for the last-minute change in plans.  Last week, in preparation for … Continue reading Upcoming Intelligence Community FOIA Forum Canceled

Sunshine Week 2020

March means more than warmer temperatures for those of us in the transparency community—it also means Sunshine Week, the annual nationwide celebration of access to public information. Since the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) launched the initiative 15 years ago, journalists, librarians, concerned citizens, civil society organizations, elected officials, and government employees alike have … Continue reading Sunshine Week 2020

Mark Your Calendars!

Please mark your calendars and join us for several upcoming events in the William G. McGowan Theater at the National Archives in Washington, DC. The FOIA Advisory Committee meets from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday March 5th to consider proposed recommendations from the FOIA Advisory Committee’s three subcommittees: Records Management, Time/Volume and Vision. Meeting … Continue reading Mark Your Calendars!