Thinking About OGIS’s Work: An Academic Perspective

Editor’s note: this blog post was written by Gbemende Johnson, an Associate Professor of Government at Hamilton College. Her research areas include executive-judicial relations, government transparency, and race and politics. She received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 2012.  During the fall of 2021, I worked with the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) as … Continue reading Thinking About OGIS’s Work: An Academic Perspective

Chief FOIA Officers Council Co-chairs Seek Requester Input

Attention Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requesters! The co-chairs of the Chief FOIA Officers Council will be available to listen to your comments about and experiences with the FOIA process from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday February 2, 2022. Please join Alina M. Semo and Bobak Talebian, the directors of the Office … Continue reading Chief FOIA Officers Council Co-chairs Seek Requester Input

FOIA Advisory Committee meets Dec 9 and welcomes new member

"Not Just Hats Off To The Flag But Sleeves Up For It! " National Archives ID: 512460 Please join us on December 9, 2021, as Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee members roll up their sleeves to consider a range of potential recommendations  – and welcome its newest member, Dione J. Stearns.  The virtual meeting … Continue reading FOIA Advisory Committee meets Dec 9 and welcomes new member

Join us for November 18 FOIA Book Talk

We invite you to find a cozy chair and join us for a National Archives book talk at 5 p.m. EST Thursday November 18, featuring law professor Margaret Kwoka, author of “Saving the Freedom of Information Act.” Professor Kwoka, whose recently published book asserts that FOIA is not working the way Congress originally intended, will … Continue reading Join us for November 18 FOIA Book Talk

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

NexGen FOIA Tech Showcase Set for February Are you interested in showcasing your company’s FOIA technology to an audience of FOIA professionals? The Chief FOIA Officers (CFO) Council’s Technology Committee, in conjunction with The Office of Information Services (OGIS) at the National Archives and Records Administration and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of … Continue reading FOIA Technology Showcase: Request for Information Published on SAM.gov!

Register now for the Chief FOIA Officers Council Meeting!

There is still time to register for the upcoming Chief Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officers Council meeting, which takes place virtually from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday, November 17. The meeting is open to Chief FOIA Officers, FOIA professionals and the public. We invite you to either watch the livestream of … Continue reading Register now for the Chief FOIA Officers Council Meeting!

Call for Nominations: Vacant Government Seat on FOIA Advisory Committee

Space exploration by @usnationalarchives. The 2020-2022 term of the FOIA Advisory Committee, launched in 2020, has space for a government FOIA expert. Apply now! A resignation from the FOIA Advisory Committee has created a vacancy for which we seek nominations. We are looking for a government FOIA expert from either a Cabinet-level department or a … Continue reading Call for Nominations: Vacant Government Seat on FOIA Advisory Committee

Chief FOIA Officers Council meets November 17

Washington Heritage Trail - Eastern Panhandle Orchards (National Archives ID: 7722747) Please mark your calendars for the next meeting of the Chief Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officers Council, which will be held virtually on Wednesday November 17, 2021, starting at 10:00 am EST. The meeting is open to Chief FOIA Officers, FOIA professionals and … Continue reading Chief FOIA Officers Council meets November 17

Technology Committee Publishes Paper on FOIA Searches

Aerial Search for Icebergs (National Archives ID: 205581609) There is a wide gap in public understanding of agencies’ abilities to search their electronic archives and databases for records responsive to FOIA requests and the reality of agencies’ capabilities, according to a new paper, “FOIA Searches: Key Challenges and Findings,” published by a working group of … Continue reading Technology Committee Publishes Paper on FOIA Searches

OGIS Publishes Results of FOIA Compliance Self-Assessment Survey

When Agency Records Officers and Chief FOIA Officers work in harmony, FOIA works better. National Archives ID: 535858 The COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on FOIA processing and the use of e-discovery are among the topics in our latest report, Assessing Freedom of Information Act Compliance through the 2020 National Archives and Records Administration’s Records Management Self-Assessment. … Continue reading OGIS Publishes Results of FOIA Compliance Self-Assessment Survey