New Year, New Public Comments Form

Your Ideas Are Welcomed. War Production Board1942 – 1943. National Archives Identifier 534167 As we begin a new year and say “hello” to 2023, we have news to share: OGIS is excited to announce our new public comments form. This new tool allows the public to submit their comments to the FOIA Advisory Committee, the Chief FOIA … Continue reading New Year, New Public Comments Form

OGIS 2022 Holiday Wish List

Merry Christmas is the greeting from President Harry S. Truman as he sets forth from his home in Independence, Missouri, to deliver Christmas gifts to members of his family who live nearby, December 1945. Accession Number 2013-3621. In this season of giving and receiving, we thought we’d share our OGIS holiday wish list. We have only … Continue reading OGIS 2022 Holiday Wish List

Chief FOIA Officers Council Website on the Move

Photographs of a moving truck bringing personal belongings of the Clinton Family into the White House, with further photographs of moving staff bringing in boxes to interior rooms of the White House. The images were photographed by Bob McNeely on January 20, 1993. National Archives Identifier 176253365 Looking for updated information about the Chief FOIA … Continue reading Chief FOIA Officers Council Website on the Move

OGIS Publishes Assessments on Agency FOIA Websites and FOIA in Agency Performance Plans

Building Survey, Photographs ca. 1930 – ca. 1949. National Archives Identifier 32200323 The Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) recently published two assessment reports examining Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) websites and FOIA’s inclusion in agency performance plans. The assessments fulfill recommendations from the 2018-2020 term of the FOIA Advisory Committee. Recommendation 2020-01 was for OGIS to "undertake … Continue reading OGIS Publishes Assessments on Agency FOIA Websites and FOIA in Agency Performance Plans

FOIA Advisory Committee Meets on December 1

"Keep'em Flying is Our Battle Cry. Do Your Part for Duty - Honor - Country." National Archives Identifier 513525 The next meeting of the 2022-2024 term of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee is on Thursday, December 1, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET.  This virtual meeting is open to the … Continue reading FOIA Advisory Committee Meets on December 1

Understanding the Office of Government Information Services (part 4/4)

"Information" World War II Posters, 1942 - 1945. National Archives Identifier 514625 In our previous blog posts “Understanding the Office of Government Information Services,” parts 1, 2 and 3,  we provided a basic overview of OGIS and highlighted our dispute resolution and compliance work. In this wrap-up post we’ll further explain the important work of … Continue reading Understanding the Office of Government Information Services (part 4/4)

Understanding the Office of Government Information Services (part 3/4)

https://giphy.com/gifs/usnationalarchives-archives-archivesgif-naid12065-1alh12SmIXpUoZEQar Your National Archives by US National Archives via GIPHY. National Archives Identifier 12065 In our previous two blog posts “Understanding the Office of Government Information Services” parts 1 and 2, we provided a basic overview of how OGIS is structured and highlighted aspects of our dispute resolution program. In this post we’ll touch on … Continue reading Understanding the Office of Government Information Services (part 3/4)

Understanding the Office of Government Information Services (part 2/4)

FLASHES OF ACTION [WORLD WAR I], 1921? via GIPHY. National Archives Identifier 35458 In our previous blog post “Understanding the Office of Government Information Services,” we provided a basic overview of  OGIS’s history and structure. In this post we’ll focus on our mediation program.   How are requests for OGIS assistance handled? FOIA requesters and agencies … Continue reading Understanding the Office of Government Information Services (part 2/4)

Understanding the Office of Government Information Services (part 1/4)

Office of Government Information Services logo As we at the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) celebrate our 13th birthday, Ombuds Day, and Mediation Week, we want to provide a refresher and overview of our services and explain a bit more about what we do as a part of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) … Continue reading Understanding the Office of Government Information Services (part 1/4)

FOIA Advisory Committee Organizes into Three Subcommittees

Front-runners take off from the starting line at the beginning of the US Air Force (USAF) Marathon, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (AFB), Ohio (OH). National Archives Identifier 6684302 The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee shared information and heard ideas from previous Committee terms to organize itself into three subcommittees for the 2022-2024 term.  … Continue reading FOIA Advisory Committee Organizes into Three Subcommittees