Category Archives: Review

DHS FOIA Policy Office Concurs with OGIS Recommendation

Last week we received a response from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Privacy Office to our December 2016 FOIA compliance assessment. The DHS Privacy Office is led by the agency’s Chief FOIA Officer, who has specific responsibilities agency-wide for … Continue reading

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FOIA Improvement: Improving Agency FOIA Regulations

Note: This entry is another in our series of occasional blog posts updating our efforts to implement new provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) signed into law by President Obama on June 30, 2016. Regular readers of the … Continue reading

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OGIS Releases Compliance Assessment of DHS FOIA Policy Office

We are happy to announce the release of our latest FOIA compliance assessment – the Privacy Office of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This office, which is led by the agency’s Chief Privacy & FOIA Officer, issues FOIA guidance … Continue reading

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Updates to Agency Compliance Report Pages

OGIS’s Compliance Team follows up with FOIA programs we assess 120 days after we publish our report to learn what improvements, if any, have been made to the program. Once this process is complete, we contact the agency to let … Continue reading

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FEMA Improves FOIA Compliance

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been working to strengthen its FOIA program and improve the agency’s compliance with the law (Read the response here: fema-ogis-response-11-16-web. FEMA recently contacted OGIS in response to the recommendations in our compliance assessment … Continue reading

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OGIS Releases Immigration and Customs Enforcement FOIA Compliance Assessment

Today we are publishing our FOIA compliance assessment of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The report shows how ICE’s investments in its FOIA program enabled the agency to virtually eliminate its … Continue reading

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CBP Takes Additional Steps to Improve its FOIA Program

In March, we released our assessment of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) program at Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Our report explained how support from CBP’s leadership and the effort of the FOIA staff improved the agency’s FOIA performance. … Continue reading

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Improvements to TSA FOIA Program

Last month we received an update from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regarding changes it has made to its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) program since we issued our assessment of the program earlier this year. We are happy to … Continue reading

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OGIS Releases Assessment of Secret Service FOIA Program

Today we are releasing a report on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) program at the United States Secret Service (USSS), the fifth in our series of assessments of FOIA programs at components of the Department of Homeland Security. Like … Continue reading

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State Department Takes Steps to Improve Use of Still Interested Letters

Here’s a bit of good news for Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requesters at the State Department: late last week we received a letter letting us know about the steps the agency has taken to bring its use of still … Continue reading

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