Survey Says! OGIS Publishes RMSA Report

Enlist in 472nd Engineers. (National Archives ID: 512490) We are pleased to announce the publication of our latest report, “Assessing Freedom of Information Act Compliance through the 2019 National Archives and Records Administration’s Records Management Self-Assessment.” The 2019 Records Management Self-Assessment (RMSA)—administered by the Office of the Chief Records Officer (CRO) for the United States … Continue reading Survey Says! OGIS Publishes RMSA Report

Getting to Know the FOIA Advisory Committee: Thomas Susman

Thomas Susman, Director of the Governmental Affairs Office at the American Bar Association. August 25, 2011. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL. Today we present an interview with Thomas M. Susman, Director of the Governmental Affairs Office of the American Bar Association (ABA) and a member of the 2020-2022 FOIA Advisory Committee. This is … Continue reading Getting to Know the FOIA Advisory Committee: Thomas Susman

Getting to Know the FOIA Advisory Committee: Kristin Ellis

A Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation taking the one hundred millionth fingerprint, represented by Miss Margaret O'Brien, a movie star., ca. 1947. (National Archives Identifier 518186) Today we present an interview with Kristin Ellis, Associate General Counsel and Unit Chief of the FOIA Litigation Unit (FLU), Office of the General Counsel, Federal … Continue reading Getting to Know the FOIA Advisory Committee: Kristin Ellis

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

OGIS Publishes COVID-19 FOIA Website Review Follow-up

Medical Department - Influenza Epidemic 1918 - Masks for protection against influenza. Traffic "cop" in New York City wearing gauze mask (National Archives ID: 45499301) OGIS is pleased to announce publication of our latest report which examines whether agencies are following the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Information Policy (OIP) guidance encouraging them to … Continue reading OGIS Publishes COVID-19 FOIA Website Review Follow-up

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

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

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