Join us June 29 for our Annual Open Meeting

Photograph of President William J. Clinton Meeting with Black Women's Leadership Group , 6/29/1993. National Archives Identifier 2569276 In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act statute, OGIS will host our annual public meeting at 10 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 29. The meeting will feature two panel discussions on FOIA’s estimated date of completion (EDC) requirements … Continue reading Join us June 29 for our Annual Open Meeting

FOIA Advisory Committee Meets on May 5

https://giphy.com/gifs/usnationalarchives-vintage-throwback-l0HlLWj5e25b5Ky76 Vintage Type GIF by US National Archives via Giphy. From National Archives Identifier: 94970 The penultimate meeting of the 2020-2022 term of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee is Thursday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. This virtual meeting is open to the public and registration is required for those … Continue reading FOIA Advisory Committee Meets on May 5

April Showers Bring FOIA Meetings

Mark your calendars for two upcoming events! Please join us on April 7, 2022 as Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee members meet to discuss and vote on draft subcommittee recommendations.  The virtual meeting starts at 10 a.m. ET on April 7. If you wish to speak during the public comment period of the … Continue reading April Showers Bring FOIA Meetings

NexGen FOIA Tech Showcase Wrap-up

On February 9th and 10th, 18 private-sector vendors convened virtually for the NexGen FOIA Tech Showcase. This event was held thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Technology Committee of the Chief FOIA Officers Council (CFO), the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at the National Archives and Records Administration, and the Office of Information … Continue reading NexGen FOIA Tech Showcase Wrap-up

Sunshine Month 2022: Mark Your Calendars!

Please save the dates for two FOIA events in March, including Sunshine Week at the National Archives on March 14!  FOIA Advisory Committee Meeting, Thursday, March 10, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (ET) The FOIA Advisory Committee meets virtually to discuss recommendations and best practices from its four subcommittees: Classification, Legislation, Process, and Technology. The … Continue reading Sunshine Month 2022: Mark Your Calendars!

Thinking About OGIS’s Work: An Academic Perspective

Editor’s note: this blog post was written by Gbemende Johnson, an Associate Professor of Government at Hamilton College. Her research areas include executive-judicial relations, government transparency, and race and politics. She received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 2012.  During the fall of 2021, I worked with the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) as … Continue reading Thinking About OGIS’s Work: An Academic Perspective

Chief FOIA Officers Council Co-chairs Seek Requester Input

Attention Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requesters! The co-chairs of the Chief FOIA Officers Council will be available to listen to your comments about and experiences with the FOIA process from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday February 2, 2022. Please join Alina M. Semo and Bobak Talebian, the directors of the Office … Continue reading Chief FOIA Officers Council Co-chairs Seek Requester Input

OGIS Publishes Results of FOIA Compliance Self-Assessment Survey

When Agency Records Officers and Chief FOIA Officers work in harmony, FOIA works better. National Archives ID: 535858 The COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on FOIA processing and the use of e-discovery are among the topics in our latest report, Assessing Freedom of Information Act Compliance through the 2020 National Archives and Records Administration’s Records Management Self-Assessment. … Continue reading OGIS Publishes Results of FOIA Compliance Self-Assessment Survey

Got an Idea? Here’s How You Can Share It!

"Do You Have Any Bright Ideas" (National Archives ID: 514120) Interested in sharing with OGIS your thoughts about and experiences with FOIA? There are a number of ways to do that, and we’re happy to help you figure out where to best share your ideas.  The best venue to share your FOIA experiences and suggestions … Continue reading Got an Idea? Here’s How You Can Share It!

New Paper Outlines Best Practices for Processing Video Records

If the government produces a record, requesters will want it. That is according to a new paper published by the Video Redaction Working Group of the Chief FOIA Officers Council's Technology Committee, which describes ways that agencies can meet this challenge when processing requests for video records such as law enforcement body camera footage, security … Continue reading New Paper Outlines Best Practices for Processing Video Records