Category Archives: IT Solutions

Leveraging Technology in FOIA Searches

Searching for responsive records under FOIA works best when processors cross disciplines to collaborate with technology experts at their respective agencies. An OGIS assessment of the 2019 Chief FOIA Officer (CFO) reports shows that while a majority of agencies report … Continue reading

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Agencies Using Technology to Provide Estimated Dates of Completion

Providing estimated dates of completion can be a challenge—but it’s also the law. As we’ve previously noted, Congress amended FOIA in 2007 to require agencies to provide requesters with estimated dates of completion when asked.  We think that estimated dates … Continue reading

Posted in Best practices, innovation, IT Solutions, Requester Roundtable

FOIA: There’s an app for that!

With the proliferation of smartphones and tablets has come the development of mobile apps for everything, it seems; now you can add FOIA to that list. This week the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the release of its new … Continue reading

Posted in IT Solutions, Open Government, Uncategorized

Open Government: We Need Your Ideas!

We’re thrilled with the attention that FOIA is receiving in Open Government efforts, such as the National Action Plan. The National Archives and Record Administration (NARA), OGIS’s parent agency, is setting its own open government priorities for 2014-2016 in its … Continue reading

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Reboot your e-records knowledge July 24

It would seem that the use of electronic records would simplify the FOIA process; if agencies don’t have to reproduce and redact paper, that’s got to be easier, right? In reality, electronic records raise lots of questions for FOIA programs. … Continue reading

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Live from D.C. … It’s FOIAonline!

Back in January, we reported that several Federal agencies had partnered to develop an online system aimed at expanding public access to information requested under FOIA. We’re pleased to report that FOIAonline is live! Beginning October 1, requesters seeking records … Continue reading

Posted in About FOIA, FOIAOnline, IT Solutions, Requests and appeals

OGIS Information Technology Solutions: Technology can make a difference

This week’s guest blogger is Gery Huelseman, Principal Technical Advisor to the Air Force’s Knowledge Ops Branch, National Air & Space Intelligence Center and key member of the OGIS-facilitated FOIA Information Technology Working Group. IT Working Group members will occasionally … Continue reading

Posted in About FOIA, Best practices, IT Solutions, Ombudsman, Team approach

OK Computer: Announcing the FOIA Information Technology (IT) Working Group

In August 2011, OGIS hosted a meeting of FOIA IT professionals from the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and State, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to discuss how technology can streamline the FOIA process. This single meeting spawned a … Continue reading

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