FOIA Improvement: Proactive Disclosure

On June 30th we passed the one-year anniversary of the enactment of the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016. Over the past year we have published blog posts suggesting ways agencies can implement some of the amendments, including the requirement to update FOIA regulations and notify requesters about our dispute resolution services. Today, we want to … Continue reading FOIA Improvement: Proactive Disclosure

We Are Looking for a Few Good Students!

Are you a student who is looking for an opportunity to gain valuable work experience and use your skills to make a real difference in the work of your government? Thanks to the State Department’s Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) program, there are hundreds of opportunities for you to participate from anywhere in the world! … Continue reading We Are Looking for a Few Good Students!

Chief FOIA Officers Council Meeting Scheduled for July 27

OGIS and the Office of Information Policy (OIP) at the Department of Justice are happy to announce that the next meeting of the Chief FOIA Officers Council will be held on Thursday, July 27th from 10 am to noon. You can register to join the audience in the William G. McGowan Theater beginning on July … Continue reading Chief FOIA Officers Council Meeting Scheduled for July 27

OGIS Releases its Fiscal Year 2016 Report

In his welcoming remarks at Monday’s  Sunshine Week celebration at the National Archives (video), the Archivist of the United States noted the substantial effort our agency has put towards improving open government over the last few years, and noted that there is – of course – a lot of work left to do. Our newly-released … Continue reading OGIS Releases its Fiscal Year 2016 Report

Teaching the Next Generation about the Power of FOIA

Earlier this year, the National Archives committed in both the Third U.S. Open Government National Action Plan and its Fourth Agency Open Government Plan to develop tools to help teach the next generation about the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The tools will draw upon real-world examples that foster democracy and explain how the public … Continue reading Teaching the Next Generation about the Power of FOIA

National Archives’ Open Government Plan 4.0 Open for Comment

As the Archivist of the United States announced earlier this week, you can now review and comment on  the National Archives and Records Administration’s Open Government Plan 4.0 on Github. The plan covers steps the National Archives intends to take over the next two years to strengthen open government within our agency and across the … Continue reading National Archives’ Open Government Plan 4.0 Open for Comment

Chief FOIA Officers Council Meeting Scheduled for September 15

At its September 15, 2016, meeting, the Chief FOIA Officers Council will continue discussing the implementation of a “release to one, release to all” Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) policy, which calls for agencies to post copies of all records released under FOIA on their websites. The Department of Justice’s Office of Information Policy (OIP) … Continue reading Chief FOIA Officers Council Meeting Scheduled for September 15

Introducing FOIA to a New Generation of Requesters

In October 2015, the White House released the Third U.S. Government National Action Plan. While NAP 3.0 includes a number of useful commitments from the National Archives, we are particularly excited about OGIS’s commitment to develop curriculum tools to introduce secondary students to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). FOIA is a powerful tool for … Continue reading Introducing FOIA to a New Generation of Requesters

OGIS Celebrates Sunshine Week 2016

We hope you are all having a great Sunshine Week! We are only halfway through the week, but already we have so much news to share. Our Sunshine Week celebration started the week prior with a message from Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero to all of the National Archives staff reminding them … Continue reading OGIS Celebrates Sunshine Week 2016