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You Can Help Keep a FOIA Request Out of Court

Since OGIS opened in 2009, we’ve worked to improve the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) process by providing mediation services and training to help agency FOIA professionals develop skills to communicate productively with requesters. We frequently see our efforts paying off as the FOIA culture shifts from being contentious and litigious to communicative and collaborative; […]

Sunshine Week 2015

With wintry weather events closing federal offices closing practically across the country, it might be easy to miss that Sunshine Week 2015 is almost upon us. We hope you all will join our friends and colleagues inside and outside government in this weeklong celebration of openness March 15-21. What’s Happening at OGIS? We are only […]

Matters of Consent

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently made our work a little bit easier in one small way. We no longer have to ask CFPB’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requesters who come to OGIS for assistance to provide consent so the agency can discuss their requests with us. That’s because CFBP alerted the world […]

Throwback Thursday: The Difference between FOIA’s Fee Categories and Fee Waiver

In honor of throwback Thursday, we’re bringing up a topic that we’ve covered previously in this post: the difference between FOIA’s fee categories and fee waivers. This topic is an oldie but a goodie, and confusion about the topic abounds. Let’s start with the basics FOIA includes three basic requester categories for the purposes of […]

FOIA Advisory Committee to Meet January 27, 2015 – Update

The next meeting of the FOIA Advisory Committee is scheduled for Tuesday, January 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meeting will take place in the Archivist’s Reception Room (Room 105) at the National Archives Building, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, in Washington, D.C. Doors for the meeting open at 9:30 a.m. In anticipation of […]