Category Archives: OGIS events

Upcoming FOIA Requester Roundtable: Estimated Completion Dates

We’ve written before about the importance of providing estimated completion dates to requesters — not only is it good customer service, but since 2007, it’s the law. Unfortunately, OGIS still hears from many requesters with delayed requests who have not … Continue reading

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Upcoming OGIS Training Session: Developing Dispute Resolution Skills

Do you find yourself flummoxed when faced with an angry FOIA requester? Do you regularly take “no” for an answer from your agency’s program people? We can help! OGIS will present a training session designed to help FOIA professionals develop … Continue reading

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Upcoming Requester Roundtable Discussion: Appeals

We at OGIS talk quite a bit about the importance of the FOIA administrative process, which includes the all-important appeal. But what is an appeal, exactly, and what should it include? What are some best practices for an agency’s appeal … Continue reading

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Celebrating our Successes

On May 13, 2013 the American Society of Access Professionals (ASAP) presented OGIS Director Miriam Nisbet with the President’s Award for Distinguished Public Service, ASAP’s highest honor. ASAP also gave the Director’s Award for Superior Public Service to the National … Continue reading

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Untangling Fees

FOIA fees can quickly snarl into knots for agency FOIA professionals and requesters alike. Untangling those knots takes work, but one of the best tools for the task is communication. That’s the central theme that emerged from a recent FOIA … Continue reading

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Upcoming Training Opportunity for FOIA Professionals

Are you a FOIA professional who is interested in learning more about how to resolve disputes that may arise in the FOIA process? If so, please join OGIS for Dispute Resolution Training for FOIA Professionals on Wednesday, May 1. This … Continue reading

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Upcoming Requester Roundtable: Fees and Fee Waivers

The issue of fees can trip up even the most experienced requester and FOIA professional. We all know that it is a tricky issue, but might there be a better way? In our 2013 recommendations, we laid out our plan … Continue reading

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OGIS’s Sunshine Week Wrap-Up

Whew! We at OGIS have caught our breath after a hectic Sunshine Week during which we joined folks from both the agency and requester communities in promoting the importance of open government and freedom of information. (Of course, these values … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendar for Sunshine Week!

OGIS will celebrate Sunshine Week along with the National Archives, our parent agency, with two back-to-back events at the National Archives on Monday, March 11, 2013: A display of the original FOIA with remarks by Archivist of the United States … Continue reading

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Thinking about FOIA Libraries

On January 21, 2013, representatives of 12 agencies and several requester groups gathered to discuss online FOIA “libraries.” The Attorney General’s 2009 FOIA Memorandum encouraged agencies to post information online in advance of a formal request. Many agencies’ FOIA regulations … Continue reading

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