Join us for November 18 FOIA Book Talk

We invite you to find a cozy chair and join us for a National Archives book talk at 5 p.m. EST Thursday November 18, featuring law professor Margaret Kwoka, author of “Saving the Freedom of Information Act.” Professor Kwoka, whose recently published book asserts that FOIA is not working the way Congress originally intended, will … Continue reading Join us for November 18 FOIA Book Talk

FOIA Technology Showcase: Request for Information Published on SAM.gov!

NexGen FOIA Tech Showcase Set for February Are you interested in showcasing your company’s FOIA technology to an audience of FOIA professionals? The Chief FOIA Officers (CFO) Council’s Technology Committee, in conjunction with The Office of Information Services (OGIS) at the National Archives and Records Administration and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of … Continue reading FOIA Technology Showcase: Request for Information Published on SAM.gov!

Technology Committee Publishes Paper on FOIA Searches

Aerial Search for Icebergs (National Archives ID: 205581609) There is a wide gap in public understanding of agencies’ abilities to search their electronic archives and databases for records responsive to FOIA requests and the reality of agencies’ capabilities, according to a new paper, “FOIA Searches: Key Challenges and Findings,” published by a working group of … Continue reading Technology Committee Publishes Paper on FOIA Searches

OGIS Publishes Results of FOIA Compliance Self-Assessment Survey

When Agency Records Officers and Chief FOIA Officers work in harmony, FOIA works better. National Archives ID: 535858 The COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on FOIA processing and the use of e-discovery are among the topics in our latest report, Assessing Freedom of Information Act Compliance through the 2020 National Archives and Records Administration’s Records Management Self-Assessment. … Continue reading OGIS Publishes Results of FOIA Compliance Self-Assessment Survey

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

April Showers Bring May Flowers … and OGIS Events!

Spring is here and several events of interest to the FOIA community are just around the corner. Please mark your calendars for several virtual OGIS-sponsored FOIA events coming up this spring and subscribe to our blog, and follow us on Twitter and Eventbrite to stay tuned to the latest OGIS news!Chief FOIA Officers Council MeetingThursday, … Continue reading April Showers Bring May Flowers … and OGIS Events!

An Early Spring Cleaner

Spring Cleaning: Take a fresh look at your FOIA program

Spring is here and as we open windows to let in fresh air and sunshine, tidy up around the house, and tackle projects we put off during the winter, why not bring that same mindset to your FOIA program?Since OGIS opened its doors in 2009, we’ve worked with agencies and requesters on thousands of requests … Continue reading Spring Cleaning: Take a fresh look at your FOIA program

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