Federal agencies continue to explore different opportunities for leveraging technological tools in their administration of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to create more effective systems for responding to requests. During Sunshine Week 2014, OIP will host a meeting of the FOIA IT Working Group to continue discussions on how the application of digital tools can help agencies achieve efficiencies in their administration of the FOIA.
The FOIA IT Working Group acts as a forum for agency FOIA and technology professionals to discuss areas that could benefit from the application of digital tools or to highlight best practices in the use of technology. As we celebrate the fifth anniversary of the issuance of Attorney General Holder’s FOIA Guidelines, this Sunshine Week meeting will examine the various successes and benefits that agencies have been able to achieve in their FOIA programs over the last five years through the use of technology. Additionally, during the meeting we will discuss areas of FOIA administration not yet addressed by the Working Group that could benefit from the application of advanced technological tools.
The details for the meeting, which is open all agency FOIA professionals, interested agency technology specialists, and members of the public are:
FOIA IT Working Group Meeting
Examining the Road Forward after Five Years of Work
Department of Justice – Office of Information Policy
1425 New York Ave. NW – Suite 11050
March 20, 2014, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Registration is required to attend and you will need a picture ID to enter the building for this meeting.
Over the last five years, agencies have improved proactive disclosures, designed new interactive FOIA websites, and identified the benefits of employing advanced digital tools to search and process records. These strides in using technology to improve some of the key areas of FOIA administration have laid the foundation for future efforts in employing such tools to create further efficiencies. Through the use of technology, agencies continue to affirm their commitment to creating and sustaining effective FOIA operations.
If you are interested in attending this event, you can register by e-mailing your name and phone number to OIP’s Training Officer at DOJ.OIP.FOIA@usdoj.gov, with the subject “FOIA IT Working Group Sunshine Week Meeting.” If you have any questions regarding this meeting, please contact OIP at (202) 514-FOIA (3642).
As Sunshine Week 2014 approaches, be sure to continue reading FOIA Post for announcements and information about all of OIP’s planned activities for the week. Don’t forget to join us for the Justice Department’s Sunshine Week kickoff celebration as well on Monday, March 17th.