An Early Spring Cleaner

Spring Cleaning: Take a fresh look at your FOIA program

Spring is here and as we open windows to let in fresh air and sunshine, tidy up around the house, and tackle projects we put off during the winter, why not bring that same mindset to your FOIA program?Since OGIS opened its doors in 2009, we’ve worked with agencies and requesters on thousands of requests … Continue reading Spring Cleaning: Take a fresh look at your FOIA program

FOIA and Records Management: So Happy Together

Today on the FOIA Ombudsman, Laurence Brewer, the Chief Records Officer for the U.S. Government, discusses the critical partnership between FOIA staff and records professionals in agencies. His office has developed a two-page tipsheet for how records management and FOIA teams can work together. For more information, please follow Records Express, the blog of the Office of the … Continue reading FOIA and Records Management: So Happy Together

Survey Says! OGIS Publishes RMSA Report

Enlist in 472nd Engineers. (National Archives ID: 512490) We are pleased to announce the publication of our latest report, “Assessing Freedom of Information Act Compliance through the 2019 National Archives and Records Administration’s Records Management Self-Assessment.” The 2019 Records Management Self-Assessment (RMSA)—administered by the Office of the Chief Records Officer (CRO) for the United States … Continue reading Survey Says! OGIS Publishes RMSA Report

Sunshine Month: Save the Dates!

WO3478 Geese at Sunrise (National Archives ID: 166691452) Sunshine Month: Save the Dates! Please mark your calendars for several virtual FOIA events coming up in March, including our Sunshine Week event on March 15!FOIA Advisory Committee MeetingWednesday, March 3rd10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (ET)The FOIA Advisory Committee meets to hear presentations about and discuss access … Continue reading Sunshine Month: Save the Dates!

Main Reading Room, Helsinki Information Library

OGIS Publishes Assessment on Posting to FOIA Websites

Main Reading Room, Helsinki Information Library(National Archives ID: 23932377) This post was written by Meredith Doviak, Community Manager of the National Archives Catalog, who conducted this assessment on temporary assignment to OGIS as part of a National Archives and Records Administration Cross-training Program.  OGIS is pleased to announce our latest issue assessment examining the methods … Continue reading OGIS Publishes Assessment on Posting to FOIA Websites

OGIS Releases FOIA Advisory Committee Recommendations Dashboard

Ever wonder what happens to all the recommendations made by the FOIA Advisory Committee? Thanks to OGIS’s new dashboard tool, you can check on their status yourself! Thirty FOIA Advisory Committee recommendations for improving FOIA administration across the government can now be tracked in one place: a recommendations dashboard on the OGIS website. The dashboard … Continue reading OGIS Releases FOIA Advisory Committee Recommendations Dashboard

Final Report of the 2018-2020 FOIA Advisory Committee Delivered to the Archivist

Smaller Parcels Quicker Service! (National Archives ID: 44267059) The Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) has delivered the Final Report and Recommendations of the 2018-2020 term of the FOIA Advisory Committee to the Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero. The report is the result of two years of hard work by the Committee’s … Continue reading Final Report of the 2018-2020 FOIA Advisory Committee Delivered to the Archivist

Register now to virtually attend the July 20, 2020 OGIS Annual Open Meeting

Registration is now open for OGIS’s Annual Open Meeting on Monday, July 20, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. EDT. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will be virtual. Please register by Thursday, July 16, 2020, to virtually attend the meeting. We will send instructions by email to all registrants for accessing the … Continue reading Register now to virtually attend the July 20, 2020 OGIS Annual Open Meeting

Sunshine Week 2020

March means more than warmer temperatures for those of us in the transparency community—it also means Sunshine Week, the annual nationwide celebration of access to public information. Since the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) launched the initiative 15 years ago, journalists, librarians, concerned citizens, civil society organizations, elected officials, and government employees alike have … Continue reading Sunshine Week 2020

Chief FOIA Officers Council’s Technology Committee Releases Best Practices and Recommendations

Eagle Release During Migratory Bird Day 2005 (National Archives ID: 166690378) Looking for ways to bolster the use of technology within the FOIA process? Check out a report from the Technology Committee (Committee) of the Chief FOIA Officers Council (Council) to the Council Co-Chairs that discusses FOIA Information Technology (IT) best practices and recommendations. In … Continue reading Chief FOIA Officers Council’s Technology Committee Releases Best Practices and Recommendations