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

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 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

Deadline for Registering for First Meeting of 2020-2022 FOIA Advisory Committee

Coming? Then Hurry? (NARA ID: 44266086) Interested in attending — virtually, of course — the first meeting of the 2020-2022 term of the FOIA Advisory Committee on Thursday, September 10, 2020, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. EDT? Please register by midnight Tuesday September 8, 2020. We have a packed agenda! After a welcome by the … Continue reading Deadline for Registering for First Meeting of 2020-2022 FOIA Advisory Committee

Join us Virtually for the September 10 FOIA Advisory Committee Meeting

Exploration Science Building 34 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Goddard Space Flight Center (National Archives ID: 18434371) Register now to join us virtually on Thursday, September 10, 2020, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET at the first meeting of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee’s 2020-2022 term. The meeting is open to the public; however, … Continue reading Join us Virtually for the September 10 FOIA Advisory Committee Meeting

Archivist Appoints New Members to the 2020-2022 FOIA Advisory Committee

We are pleased to announce that Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero has appointed 20 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) experts — 10 government FOIA professionals and 10 requester community representatives — to serve on the fourth term of the FOIA Advisory Committee.  We welcome back Michael Morisy of MuckRock; James Stocker of … Continue reading Archivist Appoints New Members to the 2020-2022 FOIA Advisory Committee