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

Final Report of the 2018-2020 FOIA Advisory Committee Delivered to the Archivist

Smaller Parcels Quicker Service! (National Archives ID: 44267059) The Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) has delivered the Final Report and Recommendations of the 2018-2020 term of the FOIA Advisory Committee to the Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero. The report is the result of two years of hard work by the Committee’s … Continue reading Final Report of the 2018-2020 FOIA Advisory Committee Delivered to the Archivist

The Importance of Preserving Pandemic Records

In a recent statement, Turning the threat of COVID-19 into an opportunity for greater support to documentary heritage, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognized that the COVID-19 pandemic, which many countries have already declared to be modern history’s gravest health emergency, will one day become a part of our shared history. In … Continue reading The Importance of Preserving Pandemic Records

Statement of the International Conference of Information Commissioners: “Access to Information in the context of a global pandemic”

The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic brings unprecedented challenges for our society, both nationally and globally. The Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) has joined over three dozen of its colleagues worldwide to support the International Conference of Information Commissioners (ICIC) in its statement acknowledging the challenges public authorities face in the current pandemic … Continue reading Statement of the International Conference of Information Commissioners: “Access to Information in the context of a global pandemic”