Join us for November 18 FOIA Book Talk

We invite you to find a cozy chair and join us for a National Archives book talk at 5 p.m. EST Thursday November 18, featuring law professor Margaret Kwoka, author of “Saving the Freedom of Information Act.” Professor Kwoka, whose recently published book asserts that FOIA is not working the way Congress originally intended, will … Continue reading Join us for November 18 FOIA Book Talk

Call for Nominations: Vacant Government Seat on FOIA Advisory Committee

Space exploration by @usnationalarchives. The 2020-2022 term of the FOIA Advisory Committee, launched in 2020, has space for a government FOIA expert. Apply now! A resignation from the FOIA Advisory Committee has created a vacancy for which we seek nominations. We are looking for a government FOIA expert from either a Cabinet-level department or a … Continue reading Call for Nominations: Vacant Government Seat on FOIA Advisory Committee

Chief FOIA Officers Council meets November 17

Washington Heritage Trail - Eastern Panhandle Orchards (National Archives ID: 7722747) Please mark your calendars for the next meeting of the Chief Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officers Council, which will be held virtually on Wednesday November 17, 2021, starting at 10:00 am EST. The meeting is open to Chief FOIA Officers, FOIA professionals and … Continue reading Chief FOIA Officers Council meets November 17

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!

OGIS Publishes Issue Assessment on First-party Requests

Each day, people seeking records about themselves use the FOIA process to obtain their records as they navigate health care, employment, immigration, law enforcement or other issues that intersect in some way with the federal government. A government-wide look at what are known as “first-party requests” shows that the records requesters seek about themselves fall … Continue reading OGIS Publishes Issue Assessment on First-party Requests

Join us for the CFO Council Meeting on April 29 – Registration Closes Soon

Date Waiting GIF from How to Succeed with Brunettes (NARA ID: 4523330) There is still time to register for the upcoming Chief FOIA Officers (CFO) Council meeting, which takes place virtually from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (ET) on Thursday, April 29, 2021. The meeting is open to Chief FOIA Officers, FOIA professionals and members … Continue reading Join us for the CFO Council Meeting on April 29 – Registration Closes Soon

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