The Office of Government Information Services
The Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) is a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) resource for the public and the government. Congress has charged us with reviewing FOIA policies, procedures and compliance of Federal agencies and identifying ways to improve compliance. Our mission also includes resolving FOIA disputes between Federal agencies and requesters.
OGIS is a place where anyone can ask for FOIA assistance. In other words we also serve the FOIA Ombudsman -- answering questions, tracking suggestions and providing information. See something we should know about? Have a suggestion to improve FOIA? Let us know!
Today, we posted the Final Report and Recommendations of the 2018-2020 Term of the FOIA Advisory Committee
July 1, 2020
Yesterday, on our blog, we announced that the deadline for nominating yourself or someone else to the 2020-2022 term of the FOIA Advisory Committee has been extended until July, 10, 2020. In other news, registration to virtually attend the OGIS Annual Open Meeting on Mon, July 20 is now open.
June 16, 2020
June 9, 2020
Yesterday, the Department of Justice, Office of Information Policy (OIP) announced dates for its new virtual FOIA training during the month of June. The dates for the training sessions are available on OIP’s Eventbrite page.
June 8, 2020
The National Archives and Records Administration seeks member nominations for the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee. Click here to learn more.
May 29, 2020
Yesterday, the Department of Justice, Office of Information Policy (OIP) issued new guidance for agency FOIA administration in light of COVD-19. Click here to read the guidance.
May 20, 2020
In our blog post today, we announced that the 2018-2020 FOIA Advisory Committee draft final report is available for public comment. We also note that registration to virtually attend the FOIA Advisory Committee's June 4, 2020 meeting is now open. Click here to register.
FOIA Requests for CDC COVID-19 Records
The Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) co-hosted a webinar on Tues, May 12, 2020. During the event, CDC provided background on its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) process, shared how the CDC is responding to requests relating to COVID-19 records, and provided tips for successful FOIA requests. Click here to learn more.
- OGIS Issue Assessment: Agency Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Website Communications on COVID-19(Jun 15, 2020)
- OGIS Issue Assessment: Agency Compliance with the Estimated Date of Completion Requirement of the Freedom of Information Act(Mar 31, 2020)
- OGIS Advisory Opinion 2020-01: Agencies Must Provide Estimated Dates of Completion Upon Request(Mar 31, 2020)
- OGIS FOIA Ombuds Observer 2020-01: Estimated Dates of Completion: Best Practices for Requesters (Mar 31, 2020)
- OGIS Annual Report for the Fiscal Year 2019(Mar 2020)
- Chief FOIA Officers (CFO) Council, Technology Committee Report: Best Practices and Recommendations(Feb 14, 2020)
- OGIS Report: Assessing FOIA Compliance through the 2018 National Archives and Records Administration’s Records Management Self-Assessment(Feb 11, 2020)
- OGIS Dispute Resolution Case Metrics for Fiscal Year 2020, Quarter 1
- FOIA Advisory Committee Meeting Materials (Dec 6, 2019)
- Review of U.S. Department of Education FOIA Program (Sep 2019)
- OGIS Issue Assessment: Leveraging Technology to Improve Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Searches(Jul 2019)