Tips for Avoiding FOIA Lawsuits

Last week our mediation team facilitator, Christa Lemelin, gave a five minute lightning talk at the Department of Commerce Sunshine Week celebration about common mistakes agencies make that could increase the likelihood of a FOIA requester filing a lawsuit against the agency. Here is a brief summary of the three mistakes she shared with the … Continue reading Tips for Avoiding FOIA Lawsuits

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services FOIA Compliance Assessment Report Now Available

Earlier this week we published our FOIA compliance assessment report of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). OGIS has now published assessments of seven (7) component agencies of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – including the three FOIA programs responsible for processing the majority of DHS’s annual share of FOIA requests – USCIS, CBP … Continue reading U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services FOIA Compliance Assessment Report Now Available

Updated: Sunshine Week Celebrations across the Federal Government

We are looking forward to announcing details about our March 12th Sunshine Week celebration soon! While we put some finishing touches on our afternoon agenda, we wanted to go ahead and let you know about a couple of other Sunshine Week events hosted by our federal colleagues. The Department of Commerce asked us to share … Continue reading Updated: Sunshine Week Celebrations across the Federal Government

Archivist Appoints New OGIS Director

Archivist of the United States David Ferriero announced the appointment of James Holzer as the Director of the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) on July 21, 2015, effective August 9. We hope all of you will join us in welcoming Dr. Holzer to the OGIS staff! Dr. Holzer comes to OGIS from the Department … Continue reading Archivist Appoints New OGIS Director

FOIA Advisory Committee to Meet on 7/21 in Washington, DC

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee will hold on open meeting at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Building, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW in the Archivist's Reception Room (Room 105) from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (EDT) on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. The Committee will discuss the topics on which the Committee … Continue reading FOIA Advisory Committee to Meet on 7/21 in Washington, DC

FOIA: There’s an app for that!

With the proliferation of smartphones and tablets has come the development of mobile apps for everything, it seems; now you can add FOIA to that list. This week the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the release of its new eFOIA mobile app. The app, the result of a partnership between the DHS Privacy Office … Continue reading FOIA: There’s an app for that!

How Would You Modernize FOIA?

As we’ve noted previously, the United States is a part of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a global effort to make governments more open and accountable to the public.  Countries that participate in OGP are required to develop and carry out action plans that include concrete commitments to make the government—you guessed it—more open. These … Continue reading How Would You Modernize FOIA?

Dispute Resolution Skills for FOIA Professionals Training Session: June 24, 2015

Do you find yourself locked in disputes with FOIA requesters (or agency colleagues)? Would you like to learn constructive ways to resolve or avoid disputes in the future? OGIS will present a training session designed to help FOIA professionals develop dispute resolution skills on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at the Archives building on Constitution Ave … Continue reading Dispute Resolution Skills for FOIA Professionals Training Session: June 24, 2015