Dates and Requirements by Month

January

January 30, 2015
Agencies post Quarterly Report for Quarter 1, Fiscal Year 2015

January 27, 2015
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence hosts a FOIA training program for its federal partners on the handling of sensitive records including classified records, where OIP’s Chief Administrative Appeals Staff provides training on the requirements, provisions, and proper application of Exemption 1.

January 23, 2015
A delegation from Macedonia, visiting through the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program project entitled Counter Corruption in Government and Business, meets with the Chief of OIP’s Compliance Staff to discuss FOIA, transparency, and OIP’s role in encouraging compliance with the FOIA across the Executive Branch.

January 20, 2015
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission hosts a FOIA training conference where the Chief of OIP’s Compliance Staff provides training instruction on Exemption 4 of the FOIA, including the requirements for submitter notice and how to define proprietary and confidential information.

By January 16, 2015
The twenty-nine high volume agencies noted in the 2015 Chief FOIA Officer Report Guidelines submit their 2015 Reports to OIP for review.

January 8, 2015
Conference: OIP hosts a DOJ FOIA Conference

February

February 25, 2015
The Internal Revenue Service hosts a FOIA Summit where OIP subject matter experts provide training lectures on FOIA Exemption 5 and discretionary disclosures.

February 24-25, 2015
Training: The Freedom of Information Act for Attorneys and Access Professionals

February 24, 2015
A European Delegation, visiting through the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, meets with Director Melanie Ann Pustay to discuss FOIA and transparency in the U.S., and OIP’s role in encouraging compliance with the FOIA across the Executive Branch.

February 18, 2015
Workshop: Best Practices Workshop Series – Customer Service and Dispute Resolution

By February 6, 2015
All other agencies submit their Chief FOIA 2015 Officer Reports to OIP for review.

February 2, 2015
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation hosts a FOIA training program where OIP subject matter experts provide training instruction on Exemption 4 and Exemption 5 of the FOIA.

March

March 25, 2015
Training: Introduction to the Freedom of Information Act

March 24, 2015    
The Office of the Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service hosts a Freedom of Information Act event in recognition of Sunshine Week, where Director Melanie Ann Pustay provides the keynote address

March 19, 2015
Director Melanie Ann Pustay participates in a Twitter Chat about FOIA, coordinated by the National Archives and Records Administration and the FOIA Federal Advisory Committee 

March 18, 2015
The U.S. Census Bureau hosts an Open Government and Freedom of Information Act event in recognition of Sunshine Week, where Director Melanie Ann Pustay provides the keynote address.

March 17, 2015
The White House Open Government Team hosts a workshop for agency personnel and members of civil society, including OIP subject matter experts, to brainstorm ideas for the next iteration of the United States' Open Government Partnership National Action Plan.

March 17, 2015
A delegation from Botswana, visiting through the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, meets with Director Melanie Ann Pustay and with the Chief of Administrative Appeals Staff to discuss FOIA and transparency in the U.S., and OIP’s role in encouraging compliance with the FOIA across the Executive Branch.

By March 16, 2015
Agencies post their 2015 Chief FOIA Officer Reports online.

March 16, 2015
Department of Justice Sunshine Week Kickoff Celebration

March 16, 2015
TV Maldives, in association with the Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka, interviews Director Melanie Ann Pustay on the FOIA and its implementation in the United States.

March 15-21
Sunshine Week 2015

March 12, 2015
OIP hosts a rollout event for the release of new electronic FOIA training resources.

March 4, 2015
A delegation from East Asia, visiting through the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, meets with Director Melanie Ann Pustay to discuss FOIA and transparency in the U.S., and OIP’s role in encouraging compliance with the FOIA across the Executive Branch.

April

April 29, 2015
The U.S. Department of Labor hosts its seventh annual FOIA training conference with the theme of Improving Collaboration and Transparency through Effective FOIA Administration, where Director Melanie Ann Pustay provides a presentation on the FOIA’s proactive disclosure provisions.

April 24, 2015
Agencies post Quarterly Report for Quarter 2, Fiscal Year 2015

April 15, 2015
Training: Advanced Freedom of Information Act Seminar

April 14, 2015
The U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, hosts its national FOIA conference, where OIP subject matter experts participate in a workshop on Exemption 5 and a panel discussion designed for the Forest Service’s national FOIA community.

April 13, 2015
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence hosts its Semi-Annual Intelligence Community FOIA Officers Information Day, where Director Melanie Ann Pustay provides the keynote address.

April 7, 2015
A delegation from Yemen, visiting through the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, meets with Director Melanie Ann Pustay to discuss FOIA and transparency in the U.S., and OIP’s role in encouraging compliance with the FOIA across the government.

May

May 13, 2015
The Department of Agriculture hosts a three-day general law conference, where Director Melanie Ann Pustay and OIP subject matter experts provide training lectures on various aspects of FOIA administration.

May 12-13, 2015
Training: The Freedom of Information Act for Attorneys and Access Professionals

May 12, 2015
A delegation from Egypt, visiting through the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, meets with Director Melanie Ann Pustay to discuss FOIA and transparency in the U.S., and OIP’s role in encouraging compliance with the FOIA across the Executive Branch.

May 6, 2015
Director Melanie Ann Pustay testifies on agency administration of the FOIA at the Committee on the Judiciary of the U.S. Senate hearing, “Ensuring an Informed Citizenry: Examining the Administration’s Efforts to Improve Open Government.”(Testimony | Webcast)

May 5, 2015
The Library of Congress hosts the annual FEDLINK Spring Exposition for federal librarians and information professionals, where Director Melanie Ann Pustay the keynote address on innovation in FOIA administration, including an overview of OIP’s recently completed electronic FOIA training resources.

June

June 1, 2015
Training: Advanced Freedom of Information Act Seminar

July

July 31, 2015
Agencies post Quarterly Report for Quarter 3, Fiscal Year 2015

July 14-15, 2015
Training: The Freedom of Information Act for Attorneys and Access Professionals

August

August 26, 2015
Workshop: Best Practices Workshop Series - Best Practices for Small Agencies

September

September 30, 2015
End of Fiscal Year 2015

October

October 30, 2015
Agencies post Quarterly Report for Quarter 4, Fiscal Year 2015

October 19, 2015
Training: FOIA Litigation Seminar

October 6, 2015
Workshop: Best Practices Workshop Series - Self-Assessments and Internal Reviews

October 1, 2015
Beginning of Fiscal Year 2016

November

November 3-4, 2015
Training: The Freedom of Information Act for Attorneys and Access Professionals

December

December 8, 2015
Workshop: Best Practices Workshop Series - Reducing Backlogs and Improving Timeliness

Updated August 31, 2015