On October 31st, OpenTheGovernment.org, the Newseum Institute, and the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) will host a half-day event examining OGIS’s successes and challenges in its first five years of operation. OGIS is tasked with mediating FOIA disputes and monitoring agency compliance with the law.
As you may know, the FOIA Improvement Act, currently set for mark-up in Senate Judiciary during the lame-duck session, would make significant changes to allow OGIS to meet its dual responsibilities. The bill would clarify OGIS’s ability to issue advisory opinions and allow the Office to report directly to Congress and the President. Assistant Director Amy Bennett noted in her testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee in March that Office of Management and Budget review of OGIS recommendations undercut OGIS’s ability improve agencies’ FOIA performance. Bennett also highlighted OGIS’s need for additional resources to promote and support the Office’s important work.
Panelists for the October 31st event, including OGIS staff and FOIA experts and practitioners, will address these changes and more. RSVP here.