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

Sunshine Month: Save the Dates!

WO3478 Geese at Sunrise (National Archives ID: 166691452) Sunshine Month: Save the Dates! Please mark your calendars for several virtual FOIA events coming up in March, including our Sunshine Week event on March 15!FOIA Advisory Committee MeetingWednesday, March 3rd10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (ET)The FOIA Advisory Committee meets to hear presentations about and discuss access … Continue reading Sunshine Month: Save the Dates!

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

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

Register now for the Nov. 5th Webinar: Artificial Intelligence for FOIA Professionals

New Super Computers at NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS)National Archives ID: 18447042 Are you a government FOIA professional interested in Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the world of FOIA?  The Department of Justice, Office of Information Policy (OIP), and OGIS invite agency FOIA professionals to join them for a presentation by the AI Working Group … Continue reading Register now for the Nov. 5th Webinar: Artificial Intelligence for FOIA Professionals