Nominations Open for 2024-2026 FOIA Advisory Committee

America Calling. Office for Emergency Management. Office of War Information. Domestic Operations Branch. Bureau of Special Services. 3/9/1943-9/15/1945. National Archives Identifier 513794 Interested in tackling FOIA’s toughest challenges through collaboration with other requesters and FOIA professionals? Please consider submitting a nomination for yourself or someone else for the 2024-2026 term of the federal FOIA Advisory Committee.  The … Continue reading Nominations Open for 2024-2026 FOIA Advisory Committee

2022-2024 FOIA Advisory Committee Draft Final Report Available for Public Comment

The draft final report of the fifth term of the FOIA Advisory Committee is now available for public comment. The report includes 16 recommendations from the three subcommittees — Implementation, Modernization, and Resources  — all previously approved by the Committee. The Committee will consider and vote on the draft report at its June 13, 2024, meeting, the final … Continue reading 2022-2024 FOIA Advisory Committee Draft Final Report Available for Public Comment

Plan to Attend Final FOIA Advisory Committee Meeting of the Fifth Term

https://giphy.com/gifs/usnationalarchives-times-square-ve-day-war-ends-in-europe-l0HlRincOBSIi5oxG New York City Celebration GIF by US National Archives via GIPHY. From National Archives Identifier 38905. The last meeting of the 2022-2024 term of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee is on Thursday, June 13, 2024, beginning at 10 a.m. ET. The Committee expects to review and approve its final report which … Continue reading Plan to Attend Final FOIA Advisory Committee Meeting of the Fifth Term

OGIS Thanks Volunteers During National Volunteer Week

Thanks Brass Family, National Archives Identifier 165318036. This week, April 21-27, is National Volunteer Week. Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to highlight the volunteers who work to transform society and the world. Today we recognize the volunteers who make up two groups that strive to improve the federal FOIA process: the … Continue reading OGIS Thanks Volunteers During National Volunteer Week

Join OGIS for April Meetings

National Archives Outdoors: Flowers blooming outside the National Archives. National Archives Identifier 286212967 Mark your calendars for two upcoming OGIS events! The next meeting of the 2022-2024 term of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee is on Thursday, April 4, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET. The Committee will discuss and vote … Continue reading Join OGIS for April Meetings

Sunshine Week: It’s a Wrap!

National Archives Sunshine Week program panelists (left to right) Gulam Shakir, NARA; Bobak Talebian, Dept. of Justice; Eric Stein, Dept. of State; Pam Wright, NARA; and Abby Potter, Library of Congress discussing the intersection of artificial intelligence, FOIA and public access on Thursday, March 14. National Archives Photo by Susana Raab. Another Sunshine Week is … Continue reading Sunshine Week: It’s a Wrap!

FOIA Advisory Committee Recommendations Recap

https://giphy.com/gifs/usnationalarchives-archives-archivesgif-naid12065-1alh12SmIXpUoZEQar Research Archive GIF by US National Archives via GIPHY. From National Archives Identifier 12065. The 2022-2024 FOIA Advisory Committee held its eighth public meeting last week, passing its first recommendation of the year that provides agencies with a model determination letter. The Committee voted 18-0 to pass the Modernization Subcommittee's recommendation on a model … Continue reading FOIA Advisory Committee Recommendations Recap

Panel to Discuss Open Government and Artificial Intelligence at Sunshine Week Event

Make plans to join us as the National Archives and Records Administration hosts a panel discussion on “Artificial Intelligence: The Intersection of Public Access and Open Government'' Thursday, March 14, at 1 p.m. ET. This program is being offered during Sunshine Week, an annual nationwide celebration of access to public information. The event will be in … Continue reading Panel to Discuss Open Government and Artificial Intelligence at Sunshine Week Event

FOIA Advisory Committee Meets March 5 – Registration Now Open!

https://giphy.com/gifs/usnationalarchives-vintage-throwback-l0HlLWj5e25b5Ky76 Vintage Type by US National Archives via GIPHY. From National Archives Identifier 94970. The next meeting of the 2022-2024 term of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee is on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET.  The Committee will hear updates from its three subcommittees — Resources, Implementation, … Continue reading FOIA Advisory Committee Meets March 5 – Registration Now Open!

OGIS 2023 Holiday Wish List

https://giphy.com/gifs/usnationalarchives-vintage-christmas-3oz8xJVpGNtM2g8Mhy Santa Claus Christmas by US National Archives via GIPHY. From National Archives Identifier 93140. Last year we shared our OGIS Holiday Wish List here on The FOIA Ombudsman. The jolly man from the North Pole did not bring us our wishes, so we are revising it to reflect upon what OGIS has encountered over … Continue reading OGIS 2023 Holiday Wish List