Category Archives: Records Management

Teamwork Brings the Past to Life

We at OGIS talk a lot about the importance of teamwork. Though we mostly think about teamwork improving everyday agency processes (such as FOIA) so that they run more smoothly, we recently heard about a cross-agency team recognizing a small … Continue reading

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Government-wide Records Directive Addresses Electronic Records

By the end of the decade, Federal agencies must digitize management of electronic records—including the millions of emails sent and received each year—according to a new records directive introduced last week. With a focus on a digital transition, the Managing … Continue reading

Posted in About FOIA, Best practices, definitions and concepts, Open Government, Records Management, Team approach

More on Declassification

Documents declassified by the government’s highest classification authority will soon be posted online in a new government declassification portal, a Federal declassification expert said at a July 25, 2012 FOIA Requester Roundtable. William C. Carpenter of the Information Security Oversight … Continue reading

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Demystifying Declassification

When a requester wants access to records that are classified, he or she can choose to ask an agency to undergo Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR) of those documents rather than filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. MDR requests … Continue reading

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Making Heads or Tails of Archives’ Records

The National Archives and Records Administration is home to some 10 billion records. Wrapping your mind around 1 followed by 10 zeroes can be a challenge, and so can figuring out whether and how the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) … Continue reading

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OGIS Case Study #1 – “I am pretty sure the Government has a file on me”

Many people believe that federal law enforcement agencies have some kind of investigatory file on them. The truth is that very few people have been investigated by an agency such as the FBI, but that doesn’t stop many people from … Continue reading

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Open Government and Media Experts Make MAGIC

No disappearing documents at this MAGIC show: experts in government access — from journalists to Federal and state government officials to watch-dog groups — gathered Tuesday at the National Archives to discuss making government more transparent. While the topics discussed … Continue reading

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