Don’t Miss Our Second Annual Open Meeting: May 18, 2018

Registration is now open for our Second Annual Open Meeting on Friday, May 18, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to noon in the William G. McGowan Theater at the National Archives. The purpose of the meeting is to provide the public with an update on OGIS’s activities, and give interested persons an opportunity to present oral … Continue reading Don’t Miss Our Second Annual Open Meeting: May 18, 2018

Mark Your Calendars for Sunshine Week 2018 at the National Archives

As most of the United States digs out and warms up from the latest blast of wintery weather, we at OGIS are happy to share the news that we are busy planning for Sunshine Week 2018! Sunshine Week is an annual nationwide celebration of access to public information. Since the American Society of News Editors … Continue reading Mark Your Calendars for Sunshine Week 2018 at the National Archives

Reflections on the July 27 Chief FOIA Officer Council Meeting

Those who follow the news on FOIA are likely already aware of last week’s Chief FOIA Officers Council meeting hosted by NARA in McGowan Theater. The meeting included a panel discussion of ways that agencies, OGIS and FOIA requesters can better work together. What follows are a few observations from the presentations from my fellow … Continue reading Reflections on the July 27 Chief FOIA Officer Council Meeting

Register Today to Share Your Thoughts with the Chief FOIA Officer Council

The Chief FOIA Officers Council will be meeting on July 27, 2017 at 10 am to discuss strategies for improving customer service and improving coordination between agency FOIA Public Liaisons and our office. Be sure to RSVP today to join the audience in the William G. McGowan Theater and ensure you have an opportunity to … Continue reading Register Today to Share Your Thoughts with the Chief FOIA Officer Council

Don’t Miss Our First Annual Open Meeting on April 20th

We hope you are planning to join us for our first annual Open Meeting on Thursday, April 20th in the William G. McGowan Theater! If you cannot attend in person, you can still watch all of the action via the livestream on YouTube. As we noted in our blog post announcing the meeting a few … Continue reading Don’t Miss Our First Annual Open Meeting on April 20th

OGIS Public Meeting and FOIA Advisory Committee Session: April 20th

Mark your calendars to join us in the William G. McGowan Theater in the National Archives’ downtown DC location on Thursday, April 20th for two events! The day will kick off with OGIS’s first public meeting beginning at 9 am.  This meeting (which is a new requirement created by the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016) … Continue reading OGIS Public Meeting and FOIA Advisory Committee Session: April 20th

Mark Your Calendar for Our Upcoming Events!

As you all begin to fill out your new 2017 calendars, we want to take a few moments to make sure you know about some special events we have planned in the coming months. Please take a moment to write down these dates, and we hope to see you there! Thursday, January 26 – As … Continue reading Mark Your Calendar for Our Upcoming Events!

June 16 Requester Roundtable on FOIA Websites

Have you ever spent far too long searching for something on an agency’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) website or thought to yourself, “there are certain types of information that every agency should include on its FOIA website”? If so, mark your calendars and reserve your seat for the June 16, 2016 Requester Roundtable on … Continue reading June 16 Requester Roundtable on FOIA Websites

Planting the Seeds of Dispute Resolution

Do you or your colleagues need help sharpening your communications skills? Would you like to hear tips for avoiding or narrowing disputes with Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requesters? OGIS is here to help! As you might know, about twice each fiscal year we plan day-long dispute resolution skills training sessions for agency FOIA professionals. … Continue reading Planting the Seeds of Dispute Resolution