FOIA Compliance Program
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) mandates that the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) review agency FOIA policies, procedures and compliance, 5 U.S.C. §§ 552 (h)(2)(A) and 552 (h)(2)(B).
OGIS reviews agency FOIA policies, procedures and compliance by
- providing Dispute Resolution Skills training to agency FOIA professionals;
- highlighting agency best practices;
- reviewing and commenting on proposed agency FOIA regulations;
- reviewing and suggesting improvements to agency FOIA materials;
- working with agencies when the Office observes policies and procedures that appear to OGIS to be inconsistent with FOIA law or policy; and
- reviewing government and non-government reports on FOIA activities and compliance.
OGIS builds on these activities with its agency assessment program in which OGIS reviews agency FOIA programs by
- Providing agencies with materials to conduct self-assessments
- Assessing agency FOIA programs by reviewing sources including
- FOIA request files;
- FOIA regulations;
- Internal guidance for processing requests;
- agency visits; and
- other supporting documentation.
- Providing agencies with FOIA compliance reports
- Assisting agencies in solving their biggest FOIA challenges
As with its mediation services, OGIS reviews agency policies, procedures and compliance with a focus on impartiality and fairness, and as an advocate for the FOIA process.
OGIS periodically conducts independent, systematic reviews of agencies to evaluate their compliance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). See 5 U.S.C. § 552(h)(2). These reviews assess the agency’s FOIA operations, programs, and policies, and may include aspects such as program design, implementation, and results. An OGIS review may result in a report that we provide to the agency and release publicly, and may include recommended improvements and administrative actions.
Click on the agency name to learn more about the scope of our assessment and access a report or visit our Agency Compliance Reports page. You can learn more about assessments scheduled for the current Fiscal Year by viewing our Activities Calendars.
|U.S. Department of Education||September 25, 2019|
|U.S. Postal Service||August 22, 2018|
|U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services||February 9, 2018|
|Consumer Financial Protection Bureau||August 15, 2017|
|Chief FOIA Officer, Privacy Office||December 27, 2016|
|U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement||October 18, 2016|
|United States Secret Service||July 27, 2016|
|Customs and Border Protection||March 9, 2016|
|Transportation Security Administration||
January 11, 2016
|United States Coast Guard||September 25, 2015|
|Federal Emergency Management Agency||September 18, 2015|
|National Archives and Records Administration: Archival Records||April 8, 2015|
|National Archives and Records Administration: Operational Records||September 25, 2014|
Our FOIA compliance reports based on our analysis and observations of data collected through FOIA questions included in the annual Records Management Self-Assessment (RMSA) survey that the Office of the Chief Records Officer (CRO) for the U.S. Government administers to Federal agency records officers are available below. They are also on our Agency Self-Assessments Results page.
- Assessing FOIA Compliance through the 2018 National Archives and Records Administration’s Records Management Self-Assessment(February 11, 2020)
- Assessing FOIA Compliance through the 2017 National Archives and Records Administration’s Records Management Self-Assessment(July 25, 2018)
- Assessing FOIA Compliance through the 2016 National Archives and Records Administration’s Records Management Self-Assessment(January 30, 2018)
|Estimated Dates of Completion||Agency Compliance with the Estimated Date of Completion Requirement of the Freedom of Information Act||March 31, 2020|
|Agency Searches for Responsive Records||Leveraging Technology to Improve Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Searches||July 21, 2019|
|Required Notification of Dispute Resolution Services||Agencies Providing Required Notices of Dispute Resolution Services; Changes in Correspondence Can Improve Requester Understanding||July 18, 2018|
|Administrative Closures through the Use of "Still Interested" Letters Reports||Part 3, Recommendations to Improve Transparency of the Use of Still Interested Letters|
|Administrative Closures through the Use of "Still Interested" Letters Reports||Part 2, Review of FOIA Programs' Fiscal Year 2014 Use of Still Interested Letters|
|Administrative Closures through the Use of "Still Interested" Letters Reports||Part 1, Historical Trends: Relatively Few Requests Closed, Better Reporting Needed|
Administrative Closures through the Use of "Still Interested" Letters Reports
|OGIS||Cause of Action||DHS/FEMA use of "still interested" letters||April 29, 2016|
|OGIS||Electronic Privacy Information Center||Update regarding OGIS review of "still Interested" letters||December 10, 2015|
|OGIS||Cause of Action||DHS/FEMA use of "still interested" letters||September 15, 2015|
|OGIS||Department of Homeland Security (DHS),
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
|DHS/FEMA use of "still interested" letter||September 15, 2015|
|OGIS||Electronic Privacy Information Center||Federal agencies' use of "still interested" letters||August 27, 2015|