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USCIS Invites Requesters to Stakeholder Meeting

Ear NARA Identifier 6457570

USCIS will have the ear of requesters on August 20 when its FOIA professionals share information about the agency’s FOIA program. USCIS also will be all ears for requesters who have questions or ideas about its FOIA program. (NARA identifier 647570)

U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) processed a mind-numbing 138,523 FOIA requests in the year ending September 30, 2013. (That’s more than 11,000 requests a month and nearly 600 a day!)

Wonder how the agency does it? Searching for best practices on submitting FOIA requests to USCIS for immigration records? Have feedback on how the FOIA process works at USCIS?

Mark your calendars for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday August 20 for a FOIA requester stakeholder meeting in Washington, D.C. USCIS officials, including Acting Deputy Chief of FOIA Roger Andoh, will share information about USCIS’s FOIA program and address topics of interest to USCIS requesters. OGIS Director Miriam Nisbet also will speak.

If you’d like to submit agenda items and/or questions, email FOIASIG.NRC@uscis.dhs.gov with “FOIA Stakeholder Meeting Agenda” in the subject line and attach a Word document or PDF with suggestions and questions. Submissions must be received by Wednesday August 13.

That’s also the deadline for registering to participate in person or by phone. Email your full name and the organization you represent, if any, to FOIASIG.NRC@uscis.dhs.gov with “FOIA Meeting” in the subject line. You must bring government-issued identification, such as a driver’s license. Plan to arrive by 1:15 a.m. to complete the security process.

The meeting, which will include an open forum question-and-answer session, begins at 1:30 in the Discovery Conference Room at 20 Massachusetts Avenue N.W., near Union Station on Metro’s Red Line.

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