Category Archives: Review

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 … Continue reading

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OGIS is Still Interested in Still Interested Letters

Almost a year ago we published our report on recommendations to improve the transparency of the use of “still interested” letters to administratively close FOIA requests and reduce requester frustration with the practice. Our recommendations were based on findings of … Continue reading

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United States Secret Service Reports Steps to Strengthen FOIA Program

In late February, the United States Secret Service (USSS) FOIA sent us a letter responding to the 12 recommendations we made in our compliance assessment report of their FOIA program. In the letter, USSS reports that they concur with each … Continue reading

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Checking in on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau FOIA Process

Have you made a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)? Our Compliance Team wants to hear about your experience. Our compliance review process includes several methods to better understand how an agency FOIA program … Continue reading

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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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