Getting to Know the FOIA Advisory Committee: Kel McClanahan

Today we present an interview with Kel McClanahan, Executive Director of National Security Counselors, which advocates on FOIA matters, 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: Kel McClanahan

FOIA Advisory Committee Meets on May 5

https://giphy.com/gifs/usnationalarchives-vintage-throwback-l0HlLWj5e25b5Ky76 Vintage Type GIF by US National Archives via Giphy. From National Archives Identifier: 94970 The penultimate meeting of the 2020-2022 term of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee is Thursday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. This virtual meeting is open to the public and registration is required for those … Continue reading FOIA Advisory Committee Meets on May 5

Getting to Know the FOIA Advisory Committee: Dione Stearns

Façade of Federal Trade Commission building in Washington D.C. National Archives Identifier 70170705 Today we present an interview with Dione Stearns, Assistant General Counsel for Information at the Federal Trade Commission 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 … Continue reading Getting to Know the FOIA Advisory Committee: Dione Stearns

FOIA Advisory Committee Votes on Recommendations to Archivist

Above: This is America...where you vote as you please. National Archives Identifier 515775 During their meetings on March 10 and April 7, 2022, the 2020-2022 FOIA Advisory Committee met to discuss and vote on recommendations to the Archivist of the United States for improving FOIA administration. Recommendations ranging from agency reporting on “Glomar” responses to … Continue reading FOIA Advisory Committee Votes on Recommendations to Archivist

April Showers Bring FOIA Meetings

Mark your calendars for two upcoming events! Please join us on April 7, 2022 as Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee members meet to discuss and vote on draft subcommittee recommendations.  The virtual meeting starts at 10 a.m. ET on April 7. If you wish to speak during the public comment period of the … Continue reading April Showers Bring FOIA Meetings

Sunshine Month 2022: Mark Your Calendars!

Please save the dates for two FOIA events in March, including Sunshine Week at the National Archives on March 14!  FOIA Advisory Committee Meeting, Thursday, March 10, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (ET) The FOIA Advisory Committee meets virtually to discuss recommendations and best practices from its four subcommittees: Classification, Legislation, Process, and Technology. The … Continue reading Sunshine Month 2022: Mark Your Calendars!

FOIA Advisory Committee meets Dec 9 and welcomes new member

"Not Just Hats Off To The Flag But Sleeves Up For It! " National Archives ID: 512460 Please join us on December 9, 2021, as Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee members roll up their sleeves to consider a range of potential recommendations  – and welcome its newest member, Dione J. Stearns.  The virtual meeting … Continue reading FOIA Advisory Committee meets Dec 9 and welcomes new member

Call for Nominations: Vacant Government Seat on FOIA Advisory Committee

Space exploration by @usnationalarchives. The 2020-2022 term of the FOIA Advisory Committee, launched in 2020, has space for a government FOIA expert. Apply now! A resignation from the FOIA Advisory Committee has created a vacancy for which we seek nominations. We are looking for a government FOIA expert from either a Cabinet-level department or a … Continue reading Call for Nominations: Vacant Government Seat on FOIA Advisory Committee

Got an Idea? Here’s How You Can Share It!

"Do You Have Any Bright Ideas" (National Archives ID: 514120) Interested in sharing with OGIS your thoughts about and experiences with FOIA? There are a number of ways to do that, and we’re happy to help you figure out where to best share your ideas.  The best venue to share your FOIA experiences and suggestions … Continue reading Got an Idea? Here’s How You Can Share It!

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