Category Archives: Ombudsman

Freedom (of Information) Rings at COGEL 2018

The Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL) held its 40th annual conference earlier this month in Philadelphia, PA. COGEL is the preeminent organization of government ethics administrators, and its members work in the fields of governmental ethics, freedom of information … Continue reading

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OGIS gives thanks for…

In this season of gratitude, we at OGIS would like to pause and give thanks for: FOIA professionals: Our work resolving FOIA disputes and evaluating compliance brings us into contact with many FOIA professionals from many agencies.  We are thankful … Continue reading

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Next FOIA Advisory Committee Meeting: November 29, 2018

The intersection of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and records management will be the focus of the next FOIA Advisory Committee meeting on November 29, 2018, in the William G. McGowan Theater at the National Archives in Washington, DC. … Continue reading

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Getting to Know the FOIA Advisory Committee: Ginger McCall

Today we present an interview with Ginger McCall, who recently became the Oregon Public Records Advocate. Ginger is in her third term on the FOIA Advisory Committee. Over the next year, we will interview other members of the Advisory Committee … Continue reading

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Wrap Up of October CFO Council Meeting

The Chief FOIA Officers (CFO) Council met on October 4th to discuss the Final Report and Recommendations issued by the 2016-2018 term of the FOIA Advisory Committee and related guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Information … Continue reading

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Happy Dispute Resolution Month from OGIS!

Did you know that October is Conflict Resolution Month? While we at OGIS believe that Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is important every month, we are also happy to have an excuse to highlight our ADR activities. OGIS’s Mediation Program We … Continue reading

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Focus on Immigration Records

No other category of records is requested more frequently through through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) than immigration-related records. But figuring out which of numerous Federal agencies have which records can be daunting. OGIS, along with U.S. Citizenship and … Continue reading

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Upcoming Forum on Accessing Immigration Records

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to register for the upcoming Multi-Agency Forum on Using FOIA to Access Immigration Records. OGIS—along with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)—will co-host a special forum on immigration records on August 30, 2018. This event … Continue reading

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Have a FOIA Question? We are Here to Help

As the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Ombudsman, one of OGIS’s important functions is to help FOIA requesters better understand how the FOIA process works. We do this by working directly with those who contact our office and by making … Continue reading

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New Year’s Message from the FOIA Ombudsman

“Change” was 2015’s word of the year for the FOIA Ombudsman. In a year of great change for OGIS, I may have been the most obvious one: I took over as the office’s second Director in August 2015. When I … Continue reading

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