Register for the Nov. 3 Chief FOIA Officers Council Meeting

https://giphy.com/gifs/usnationalarchives-vintage-ZiEkOPWd1VB7i Women on the Warpath, ca. 1943 by US National Archives via GIPHY. From National Archives Identifier 93633. Mark your calendar and plan to attend the next Chief FOIA Officers Council meeting on Thursday, November 3 at 10:00 a.m. for some important updates. The meeting is open to Chief FOIA Officers, FOIA professionals and the … Continue reading Register for the Nov. 3 Chief FOIA Officers Council Meeting

Understanding the Office of Government Information Services (part 2/4)

FLASHES OF ACTION [WORLD WAR I], 1921? via GIPHY. National Archives Identifier 35458 In our previous blog post “Understanding the Office of Government Information Services,” we provided a basic overview of  OGIS’s history and structure. In this post we’ll focus on our mediation program.   How are requests for OGIS assistance handled? FOIA requesters and agencies … Continue reading Understanding the Office of Government Information Services (part 2/4)

Understanding the Office of Government Information Services (part 1/4)

Office of Government Information Services logo As we at the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) celebrate our 13th birthday, Ombuds Day, and Mediation Week, we want to provide a refresher and overview of our services and explain a bit more about what we do as a part of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) … Continue reading Understanding the Office of Government Information Services (part 1/4)

FOIA Advisory Committee Organizes into Three Subcommittees

Front-runners take off from the starting line at the beginning of the US Air Force (USAF) Marathon, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (AFB), Ohio (OH). National Archives Identifier 6684302 The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee shared information and heard ideas from previous Committee terms to organize itself into three subcommittees for the 2022-2024 term.  … Continue reading FOIA Advisory Committee Organizes into Three Subcommittees

OGIS Publishes FOIA Compliance Self-Assessment

https://giphy.com/gifs/usnationalarchives-archives-archivesgif-naid12065-896NyHxKgOwc8UoIar Records Research GIF By US National Archives via GIPHY. From National Archives Identifier 12065 The Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) is pleased to announce the publication of our latest report, “Assessing Freedom of Information Act Compliance through the National Archives and Records Administration’s 2021 Records Management Self-Assessment.” The latest Records Management Self-Assessment (RMSA) … Continue reading OGIS Publishes FOIA Compliance Self-Assessment

Join Us for the 2022-2024 Inaugural Meeting of the FOIA Advisory Committee

"Join U.S. Truck Conservation Corps - Sign Up Here" National Archives Identifier 514749 The 2022-2024 term of the FOIA Advisory Committee will gather for the first meeting of the fifth term on Thursday, September 8, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET. Please register by midnight Tuesday, September 6, 2022, if you wish to … Continue reading Join Us for the 2022-2024 Inaugural Meeting of the FOIA Advisory Committee

OGIS Is Yet Again Interested in “Still Interested” Letters

Address Your Letters Plainly. National Archives Identifier 44266146 As federal agencies approach the end of fiscal year 2022 in September, we know many are aiming to close old FOIA requests and reduce their FOIA backlogs. Some have begun to send requesters “still interested” letters to ensure that the information in a FOIA request is still … Continue reading OGIS Is Yet Again Interested in “Still Interested” Letters

OIP Director recaps AG Garland FOIA Memo

U.S. Department of Justice Office of Information Policy Director Bobby Talebian. U.S. Department of Justice Office of Information Policy (OIP) Director Bobby Talebian provided an update on the Attorney General guidelines at this year’s American Society of Access Professionals National Training Conference in Arlington, Va. With regard to FOIA’s  foreseeable harm standard, which Congress added … Continue reading OIP Director recaps AG Garland FOIA Memo

International Conference of Information Commissioners Issues Statement on Access to Information

The International Conference of Information Commissioners (ICIC) met in June via hybrid (online and in-person) for the 13th  International Conference. Alina M. Semo, OGIS Director, serves on the Executive Committee of the ICIC.  As a part of this year’s work at the conference, the Commission issued a public statement around access to information, specifically that … Continue reading International Conference of Information Commissioners Issues Statement on Access to Information

Deadline Extended for Nominations to 2022-2024 FOIA Advisory Committee

Employee Suggestion Plan – Office of War Information. National Archives Identifier 515139 The deadline for nominating yourself or someone else to the 2022-2024 term of the FOIA Advisory Committee has been extended until Friday, July 15, 2022. We are looking for a wide range of FOIA experts from both inside and outside the government who … Continue reading Deadline Extended for Nominations to 2022-2024 FOIA Advisory Committee