Join OGIS for April Meetings

National Archives Outdoors: Flowers blooming outside the National Archives. National Archives Identifier 286212967 Mark your calendars for two upcoming OGIS events! The next meeting of the 2022-2024 term of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee is on Thursday, April 4, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET. The Committee will discuss and vote … Continue reading Join OGIS for April Meetings

Sunshine Week: It’s a Wrap!

National Archives Sunshine Week program panelists (left to right) Gulam Shakir, NARA; Bobak Talebian, Dept. of Justice; Eric Stein, Dept. of State; Pam Wright, NARA; and Abby Potter, Library of Congress discussing the intersection of artificial intelligence, FOIA and public access on Thursday, March 14. National Archives Photo by Susana Raab. Another Sunshine Week is … Continue reading Sunshine Week: It’s a Wrap!

FOIA Advisory Committee Recommendations Recap

https://giphy.com/gifs/usnationalarchives-archives-archivesgif-naid12065-1alh12SmIXpUoZEQar Research Archive GIF by US National Archives via GIPHY. From National Archives Identifier 12065. The 2022-2024 FOIA Advisory Committee held its eighth public meeting last week, passing its first recommendation of the year that provides agencies with a model determination letter. The Committee voted 18-0 to pass the Modernization Subcommittee's recommendation on a model … Continue reading FOIA Advisory Committee Recommendations Recap

2024 FOIA Technology Showcase: Request for Information Published on SAM.gov

https://giphy.com/gifs/vintage-computer-go-l3vR2SwA3hfH4NtVC Go For It GIF by US National Archives via GIPHY. Planning for the NexGen FOIA Tech Showcase 2.0 is well underway! Capitalizing on the very successful 2022 NexGen FOIA Tech Showcase, the Chief FOIA Officers Council (CFOC) Technology Committee, in conjunction with The Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at the National Archives and Records Administration … Continue reading 2024 FOIA Technology Showcase: Request for Information Published on SAM.gov

What the FOIA is GLOMAR?!

Images courtesy of Central Intelligence Agency. FOIA can be a challenge for even the most seasoned requester, and jargony language and acronyms make things even more confusing. Case in point: the term “Glomar” is often used to describe a FOIA response where the agency neither confirms nor denies (NCND) the existence of responsive records. Knowing where … Continue reading What the FOIA is GLOMAR?!

FOIA Advisory Committee Meets on December 7

A portable electric megaphone is demonstrated by Commander Robert E. Coombs, Coast Guard Assistant Chief of Merchant Marine Inspection. The megaphone, having a self-contained amplifying unit, is used in cases of power failure aboard ships, to give commands from the bridge. National Archives Identifier 205581775 The next meeting of the 2022-2024 term of the Freedom … Continue reading FOIA Advisory Committee Meets on December 7

Giving Our Thanks this November

https://giphy.com/gifs/usnationalarchives-vintage-weird-irbY9jQpbV4Qg Vintage Dress Up by US National Archives via GIPHY. From National Archives Identifier 234273518. This week many Americans will gather with friends and/or family to celebrate Thanksgiving and give thanks. OGIS is no different as we all plan to share time with our loved ones. With that in mind, we also want to say … Continue reading Giving Our Thanks this November

Chief FOIA Officers Meeting Recap

https://giphy.com/gifs/usnationalarchives-vintage-throwback-3oz8xYn9tp0AbewbhS Welding World War II by US National Archives via GIPHY. From National Archives Identifier 535579. The Chief FOIA Officers Council (CFOC) met on November 9 to discuss a variety of topics of interest to Chief FOIA Officers and FOIA professionals. Deputy Archivist of the United States, Debra Steidel Wall, and Associate Attorney General of the … Continue reading Chief FOIA Officers Meeting Recap

Register for November 9 Chief FOIA Officers Meeting

https://giphy.com/gifs/usnationalarchives-archives-archivesgif-naid12065-iK45mgOPCt5MsqcKhq Your National Archives by US National Archives via GIPHY. From National Archives Identifier 12065. Plan to attend the next Chief FOIA Officers Council meeting at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday, November 9. The meeting is open to Chief FOIA Officers, FOIA professionals and the public. We invite you to either watch the livestream of the meeting … Continue reading Register for November 9 Chief FOIA Officers Meeting

Workshop on Using, Sharing Resources Set for October 25

https://giphy.com/gifs/usnationalarchives-archives-archivesgif-naid12065-896NyHxKgOwc8UoIar  Your National Archives by US National Archives via GIPHY. From National Archives Identifier 12065. Federal government employees are invited to a Chief FOIA Officers (CFO) Council best practices workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25. The Council’s Committee on Cross-Agency Collaboration and Innovation (COCACI) Resources Working Group is hosting  the … Continue reading Workshop on Using, Sharing Resources Set for October 25