Chief FOIA Officers (CFO) Council
The Chief FOIA Officers (CFO) Council is composed of the Deputy Director for Management of the Office of Management and Budget, the Director of the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), the Director of the Office of Information Policy (OIP) at the Department of Justice, and agency Chief FOIA Officers.
Co-Chairs: Alina M. Semo, Director of OGIS and Bobak Talebian, Director of OIP
The Council is charged with:
- developing recommendations for increasing FOIA compliance and efficiency;
- disseminating information about agency experiences, ideas, best practices, and innovative approaches related to FOIA;
- identifying, developing, and coordinating initiatives to increase transparency and compliance with FOIA; and
- promoting the development and use of common performance measures for agency compliance with FOIA.
In response to a recommendation of the 2016-2018 termof the FOIA Advisory Committee, the Archivist of the United States proposed that the CFO Council seek to establish a Technology Committee, in partnership with the Chief Information Officer (CIO) Council, to study the utilization and deployment of technology in FOIA programs across agencies, and identify best practices and recommendations that can be implemented across agencies.
Council meetings are open to the public and notice of all meetings will be provided in the Federal Register at least ten business days in advance. Please see this webpage and OIP's webpage for further information.
In September 2018, the CFO Council co-chairs established the Technology Subcommittee (later renamed as the Technology Committee) to study the utilization and deployment of technology in FOIA programs across agencies, and identify best practices and recommendations that can be implemented across agencies. Visit the Technology Committee webpage to learn more.
Previous CFO Council Events
The Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) and the Department of Justice, Office of Information Policy (OIP) co-hosted an “Artificial Intelligence 101” webinar for agency FOIA professionals presented by the Technology Committee of the Chief FOIA Officers Council.
Across the government, agencies are exploring how artificial intelligence (AI) and AI-adjacent technologies, such as technology assisted review, can be leveraged to fulfill agency missions and better serve the public. Leveraging these technologies holds great potential to improve efficiency and accuracy in agency FOIA administration. We invited agency FOIA professionals to join us for a presentation from the AI Working Group of the CFO Council Technology Committee. The purpose of this session was to provide agency FOIA professionals a primer on different types of AI and AI-adjacent technologies, key terms, and possible applications to the FOIA process.
The webinar was open to government personnel and contractors only and registration was required to receive information on how to access the meeting online.
Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 - Kirsten Moncada, Privacy Branch Chief, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget
2020 Chief FOIA Officer Report Guidelines - Bobak Talebian, Chief, FOIA Compliance Staff, Office of Information Policy
Report by CFO Council Technology Subcommittee - Co-Chairs Eric Stein, Director, Office of Information Programs and Services, U.S. Department of State and Michael Sarich, FOIA Director, Central Office, Office of Health Informatics, Veterans Health Administration
- Federal Register Notice
- Presentation Slides
- Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Presentation Slides
- Meeting Minutes