Archive for October, 2013
We’ve written about the positive difference that executive support for FOIA can make in federal agencies. We’ve made this point in our recommendations and, whenever we can, we encourage agencies to make FOIA a priority (and communicate this across the board). One effective way that agency heads can spread the word that FOIA matters is […]
FOIA request processing came to a screeching halt during the 16-day government shutdown as the vast majority of FOIA professionals were furloughed as “non-excepted” employees. We don’t like the term “non-essential” since we consider FOIA essential, as Sen. Patrick Leahy noted October 5 on the Senate floor. “We … take for granted that our open […]
The Federal government is back in business, and so are we! OGIS stands ready to assist FOIA requesters and Federal agencies with their FOIA disputes. We look forward to hearing from you.
Due to the Federal government shutdown, the Office of Government Information Services and the National Archives are closed. We are unable to post to the FOIA Ombudsman during this closure. All National Archives facilities are closed, with the exception of the Federal Records Centers and the Federal Register until the Federal government reopens. We hope to see you soon.