AALL strongly supported passage of the OPEN Government Act of 2007 (P.L. 110-175), which established the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) within the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). OGIS is charged with recommending policy changes to improve the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) process, offering mediation services to help resolve disputes between requestors and agencies, and acting as ombudsman by responding to the needs of the diverse FOIA community.
OGIS recently launched a new website to help requestors and agencies more easily navigate the FOIA process, including how to move past any stumbling blocks. New features include:
- The OGIS Library: Search common FOIA terms and concepts
- Make an OGIS Request: Ask for assistance from OGIS staff
- Search OGIS Cases: Review, in real-time, the status of OGIS cases
- Suggest FOIA Improvements: Offer your ideas on how to improve FOIA
Kudos to OGIS for adding these enhancements, and for continuing to find innovative ways to operate more effectively, efficiently and transparently.