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Mark Your Calendar for Sunshine Week!

However you keep your calendar – digital, paper, or buckskin – we hope you join us for our Sunshine Week event. (ARC Identifier 523631)

OGIS will celebrate Sunshine Week along with the National Archives, our parent agency, with two back-to-back events at the National Archives on Monday, March 11, 2013:

  • A display of the original FOIA with remarks by Archivist of the United States David Ferriero and OGIS Director Miriam Nisbet
  • A demonstration of FOIAonline, the multi-agency FOIA portal that launched October 1, 2012 and is designed to streamline the FOIA process for both agencies and requesters

Join Archivist Ferriero and Director Nisbet in the East Gallery of the National Archives Rotunda at 1 p.m. March 11 to discuss the importance of FOIA, which celebrates its 47th birthday this year. At 1:45 p.m., in the Washington Conference Room of the National Archives, come see what FOIAonline is all about with a demonstration of the portal, which six agencies, including the National Archives, are using to process FOIA requests.

The National Archives is located at 700 Constitution Ave., N.W., across from the Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter Metro Station on the Yellow and Green lines. Please RSVP to ogis@nara.gov; those who do not RSVP and wish to come may have to wait in the public line to enter the building.

Comments

Comment from Deryck Weaver
Time February 28, 2013 at 11:54 am

I think you are misleading government agencies and the public. The FOIA Portal does not process FOIA requests. The FOIA process includes such actions as redactions, correspondence, consultations, tasking out for documents, …….. etc. etc. The “portal” does not do this and by using the word “process” you are misleading everyone.

Comment from Carrie McGuire
Time March 1, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Thank you for your comment, Deryck. You are correct — FOIAonline does not process FOIA requests. As we noted in our post, FOIAonline is designed to streamline the FOIA process for both agencies and requesters. Certainly the thousands of hard-working and dedicated FOIA professionals from agencies across the government are crucial to the processing of FOIA requests.