Calling all FOIA professionals! Registration is now open for the November 2nd session of our popular training, “Dispute Resolution Skills for FOIA Professionals,” which will be held at the OGIS offices in downtown Washington, DC. This free, daylong training session helps FOIA professionals develop valuable communication skills for preventing and resolving FOIA disputes. Attendees also … Continue reading Reserve a Seat for the Upcoming Dispute Resolution Skills Training Session
Did you know that October is Conflict Resolution Month? While we at OGIS believe that Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is important every month, we are also happy to have an excuse to highlight our ADR activities. OGIS’s Mediation Program We offer dispute resolution services, including mediation and other informal processes such as facilitation or conciliation, … Continue reading Happy Dispute Resolution Month from OGIS!
No other category of records is requested more frequently through through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) than immigration-related records. But figuring out which of numerous Federal agencies have which records can be daunting. OGIS, along with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, hosted a special forum on immigration records on August 30, 2018, at the … Continue reading Focus on Immigration Records
The third term of the FOIA Advisory Committee met for the first time on September 6, 2018, at the National Archives in Washington, DC. Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero and FOIA Advisory Committee Chairperson Alina M. Semo welcomed the Committee members, who introduced themselves and shared why they joined the Committee. The … Continue reading FOIA Advisory Committee Sets Its 2018-2020 Agenda
If you did not get a chance to register to attend the first meeting of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee’s 2018-2020 term, don’t despair! You can still join us on September 6, 2018 in the William G. McGowan Theater at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. via our livestream. This will be … Continue reading Join Us Online for the Inaugural Meeting of the 2018-2020 FOIA Advisory Committee
We are very happy to announce that Martha Murphy has joined our staff as the office’s Deputy Director. Ms. Murphy will play a critical role in our ongoing work to resolve FOIA disputes, assess and improve agency compliance with the statute, and educate the public about FOIA. Ms. Murphy has a broad range of experiences … Continue reading OGIS Welcomes New Deputy Director
During our Second Annual Open Meeting on May 18, 2018 our Director, Alina Semo, shared a preview of what you can expect from OGIS during the remainder of Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, including event dates, upcoming reports and other exciting news. We hope you will mark your calendars for several upcoming events we will be … Continue reading Mark Your Calendars
Don’t forget to register to join us for the Second Annual OGIS Open Meeting on Friday, May 18th from 10 a.m. to noon. This is your opportunity to learn more about our activities, hear from members of the FOIA Advisory Committee, and share your views! After welcoming remarks from Deputy Archivist of the United States … Continue reading Time is Running Out: Register Today for the Second Annual OGIS Open Meeting!
Registration is now open for our Second Annual Open Meeting on Friday, May 18, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to noon in the William G. McGowan Theater at the National Archives. The purpose of the meeting is to provide the public with an update on OGIS’s activities, and give interested persons an opportunity to present oral … Continue reading Don’t Miss Our Second Annual Open Meeting: May 18, 2018
We realize that it was a very busy Sunshine Week, so we understand if you missed the fact that in addition to testifying on the Hill and hosting and participating in great events, we also released our Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Annual Report. This year’s report chronicles our first full year since the passage of … Continue reading OGIS Fiscal Year 2017 Report Now Available