Office of Government Information Services (OGIS)

Finding a Needle in a Haystack: Enterprise-wide FOIA Searches at CDC - May 6, 2021

Virtual Event
Thursday, May 6, 2021 
9:30am to 11:30am (ET)

 YouTube Link | Presentation Slides

The Office of Goverment Information Services (OGIS) will host the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) office of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for a deep dive into the search process for agency-wide (enterprise) electronic records. Topics will include:

  • The boundaries of enterprise search

  • Tools to retrieve documents 

  • Real examples and demonstrations of successful searches

  • Tips for scoping requests to ensure better search results

This session will be particularly helpful for those requesters who seek email records and have been informed that the request’s scope is too broad. Other agency FOIA offices that are challenged by enterprise search may also find this discussion helpful.

How to Attend

Members of the public are welcome to:

1. Watch the livestream on the National Archives’ YouTube Channel OR

2. Attend the meeting virtually through Webex. Those attending the meeting via Webex will need to connect to the audio portion of the meeting by telephone.

Registration information for those who wish to attend via Webex

Registration to attend this event via Webex is closed. Via email, OGIS provided those who registered with information for accessing the meeting. If you did not receive the access instructions or have any questions, please email us at