Office of Government Information Services (OGIS)

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 as 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.
 

News

April 2, 2020
In our blog post today, we address the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic currently challenging FOIA professionals and requesters and announce that our assessment—Agency Compliance with the Estimated Date of Completion Requirement of the Freedom of Information Act—has been published simultaneously with OGIS Advisory Opinion 2020-01, Agencies Must Provide Estimated Dates of Completion Upon Request, as well as an OGIS FOIA Ombuds Observer providing requesters with tips for obtaining estimated dates of completion.

March 30, 2020
The Technology Committee of the Chief FOIA Officers (CFO) Council seeks new  members. Click here to learn more.

March 23, 2020
Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, OGIS staff will telework until further notice. During this time, staff will not have access to mail and fax correspondence. As a result, there will be a delay in our responses to such correspondence. To ensure a more timely response to your inquiry, please contact us via email at ogis@nara.gov.

March  12, 2020
The National Archives is committed to the health and safety of our visitors and staff.  Regrettably, we must cancel our March 16, 2020 Sunshine Week Program  as the National Archives has canceled all public events in its Washington, DC, and College Park, MD, facilities through May 3, 2020 because of concerns about COVID-19. For more information, visit the agency's Cornavirus web page

March 10, 2020
Today, we announced an update concerning the National Archives and Records Administration's Sunshine Week 2020 Program. Click here to learn more.

March 9, 2020
Due to circumstances beyond our control, the National Archives must cancel both of the events scheduled for Thursday, March 12, 2020: National Declassification Center: Reflecting on our Beginnings, Forecasting our Future and the Multi-Agency Forum: Using FOIA to Access Intelligence Community Records.  We apologize for the inconvenience. For more information, please see our blog post.

 

Upcoming Events

Ongoing
The Technology Committee of the Chief FOIA Officers (CFO) Council seeks new  members. Click here to learn more.

April 30, 2020
Deadline for OGIS legal internship applications

May 1, 2020
FOIA Advisory Committee Meeting - Washington, DC

June 4, 2020
FOIA Advisory Committee Meeting - Washington, DC

July 20, 2020
OGIS Annual Open Meeting - Washington, DC

August 3, 2020
Chief FOIA Officers Council Meeting - Washington, DC

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