Office of Government Information Services (OGIS)

About Compliance Program

Overview:

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 Review Methodology

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