Office of Government Information Services (OGIS)

Technology Committee of the Chief FOIA Officers Council

Co-Chairs: Eric Stein, U.S. Department of State and Michael Sarich, Veterans Health Administration

Membership: The Technology Committee has 40 members from at least 25 departments/agencies.

In response to a recommendationof the 2016-2018 term of the FOIA Advisory Committee, the Archivist of the United States proposed that the Chief FOIA Officers (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.

In September 2018, the CFO Council co-chairs established the Technology Subcommittee (later renamed as the Technology Committee). Two senior FOIA professionals at the Department of State and the Veterans Health Administration co-chair the Committee; membership includes FOIA professionals from the Departments of Homeland Security and the Interior, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Institute of Library and Museum Services, American Battle Monuments Commission, Social Security Administration, Air Force Declassification Office, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The Committee liaises with OIP and OGIS.

The Technology Committee was formerly known as the Technology Subcommittee.
 

2020 Accomplishments

Presentations

Report

Working Groups

The Technology Committee has the following eight working groups:

  • Searches
  • FOIAXpress
  • FOIAonline
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • 508 Compliance
  • FOIA and Classified Information
  • Collaborative Tools
  • Video Redactions

Each working group is developing a charter with the scope of its responsibilities and target milestones for its work.

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