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  2013 Events and Dates

December 10, 2013
The Office of Personnel Management hosts a FOIA training conference where Director Melanie Ann Pustay provides the keynote address and OIP subject matter experts provide lectures overviewing the FOIA with a focus on procedural requirements, FOIA exemptions, the FOIA appeals process, and FOIA litigation (Washington, DC)

December 5-6, 2013
The Department of Housing and Urban Development hosts a FOIA training conference where Director Melanie Ann Pustay provides the keynote address and OIP subject matter experts provide lectures overviewing the FOIA with a focus on procedural requirements and exemptions (Washington, DC)

November 19-20, 2013

November 19, 2013
A delegation of officials from the Romanian government meets with OIP leadership to discuss FOIA and transparency in the United States and OIP's role in administering the law and encouraging agency-wide compliance across the Executive Branch (Washington, DC)

November 14, 2013
Conference: OIP hosts a DOJ FOIA Conference (Washington, DC)

November 13, 2013
Training: An Overview of the FOIA – Video Conference

November 7, 2013
Workshop: OIP, in conjunction with OGIS, hosts a FOIA Requester Roundtable (Washington, DC)

October 29, 2013
The Department of State hosts a FOIA training conference where OIP subject matter experts provide lectures on the proper application of FOIA Exemptions 5, 6, and 7(C) (Washington, DC)

October 24, 2013
Training: Refresher Training for FY 2013 Annual FOIA Reports and 2014 Chief FOIA Officer Reports (Washington, DC) (Annual Report Training Slides) (Chief FOIA Officer Report Training Slides)

October 23, 2013
Training: FOIA Litigation Seminar (Washington, DC)

October 2, 2013
The Administrative Law Section of the DC Bar holds a panel discussion on the FOIA, where Director Melanie Ann Pustay serves as a panelist on a variety of topics focusing on FOIA administration, cases, and other legal issues (Washington, DC)

September 24, 2013
The Environmental Protection Agency hosts a FOIA training conference where OIP subject matter experts provide lectures overviewing the FOIA with a focus on procedural requirements, exemptions, and fee and fee waiver requirements (Washington, DC)

September 23-29, 2013
Director Melanie Ann Pustay participates in a series of events celebrating International Right to Know Day and the advancement of freedom of information laws in Liberia (Monrovia and Buchanan, Liberia)

August 28, 2013

August 15, 2013
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau hosts a FOIA training conference, where OIP subject matter experts provide training sessions on the proper application and usage of FOIA exemptions, with emphasis on Exemptions 4, 7, and 8 (Washington, DC)

August 8, 2013
Training: Director's Lecture Series (Washington, DC)

August 7, 2013
Conference: OIP hosts a DOJ FOIA Conference (Washington, DC)

August 6, 2013
A delegation of non-governmental organization leaders and journalists from Ukraine, sponsored by the Department of State's World Learning Exchange and Training Unit's three-week International Visitor Leadership Program, meets with officials from OIP to discuss FOIA and transparency in the United States, and OIP's role in the implementation of the FOIA within the Department of Justice and compliance across the Executive Branch of the government (Washington, DC)

August 5, 2013

July 28, 2013
Training: Director's Lecture Series (Washington, DC)

July 25, 2013
Training: Director's Lecture Series (Washington, DC)

July 24, 2013
Workshop: OIP, in conjunction with OGIS, hosts a FOIA Requester Roundtable (Washington, DC) (Open to the Public)

July 23, 2013
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission hosts a FOIA training conference, where Director Melanie Ann Pustay presents the keynote address focusing on the topic of FOIA Belongs to Everyone and highlighting the implementation of President Obama's FOIA Memorandum and Attorney General Holder's FOIA Guidelines (Washington, DC)

July 22, 2013
The Department of Education hosts a special training session for senior leaders and agency FOIA professionals, where Director Melanie Ann Pustay presents a lecture on topics relevant to the Department of Education's FOIA program and its implementation of the President's FOIA Memorandum and the Attorney General's FOIA Guidelines (Washington, DC)

July 17, 2013
The Brookings Executive Leadership Program holds a seminar in the organization's continuing Women's Leadership Strategies for Success series, where Director Melanie Ann Pustay leads a discussion on leadership principles (Washington, DC)

July 16-17, 2013

July 10, 2013
The Central Intelligence Agency hosts a training course for new and experienced agency FOIA professionals on the principles of the FOIA, where Director Melanie Ann Pustay, Chief of Staff Carmen L. Mallon, and OIP subject matter experts provide a full day of instruction and topical lectures covering all aspects of the FOIA's procedural and legal requirements (Langley, VA)

June 26, 2013
The Georgetown University Law Center hosts an eDiscovery for Federal Government Practitioners Conference, where Director Melanie Ann Pustay serves as a panelist for the panel discussion entitled FOIA and eDiscovery.  The panel discusses how traditional FOIA processes are both similar to and different from handling eDiscovery requests, the impact of recent case law importing eDiscovery principles into FOIA, and ways in which the different stages of the FOIA process can be better automated (Washington, DC)

June 5, 2013

June 5, 2013
The Office of the Chief Information Officer, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, hosts an interagency FOIA symposium for the Intelligence Community focusing on the elements and standards that are necessary to ensure high quality administration of the FOIA in times of limited resources, where OIP Chief of Staff Carmen L. Mallon serves as a speaker (Washington, DC)

June 4-5, 2013
The U.S. Agency for International Development hosts a FOIA retreat for the agency's records staff, where OIP subject matter experts provide lectures on the proper application and usage of FOIA's Exemptions 4 and 6 (Washington, DC)

May 29, 2013
Conference: OIP hosts a DOJ FOIA Conference (Washington, DC)

May 28, 2013
A delegation of officials from the Liberian government, sponsored by the Carter Center at Emory University, meets with Director Melanie Ann Pustay and OIP subject matter experts for a full day program that includes an overview of the FOIA, a discussion on the fundamentals of processing requests from start to finish, a review of the administrative appeals process, and a briefing on OIP's role in FOIA compliance across the federal government (Washington, DC)

May 23, 2013
The Department of Labor hosts an e-Discovery training conference, where Director Melanie Ann Pustay presents a lecture on issues confronting the intersection of e-Discovery and the FOIA (Washington, DC)

May 20, 2013
The Institute for Defense and Government Advancement hosts a webinar on Constituent Relationship Management for Government, where Director Melanie Ann Pustay presents the keynote address, which focuses on matching agency needs with IT solutions in FOIA administration (Washington, DC)

May 15, 2013
The Department of Homeland Security hosts a FOIA training session on contracts and proposals, where an OIP subject matter expert provides a lecture on the proper application and usage of FOIA Exemption 4 to records involving commercial information (Washington, DC)

May 15, 2013
The Brookings Executive Leadership Program holds a seminar in the organization's continuing Women's Leadership Strategies for Success series, where Director Melanie Ann Pustay leads a discussion on leadership principles (Washington, DC)

May 13-15, 2013
The American Society of Access Professionals (ASAP) hosts its annual training conference, where Director Melanie Ann Pustay, Chief of Staff Carmen L. Mallon, and OIP subject matter experts present lectures and participate in multiple panel discussions on various FOIA topics (Washington, DC)

May 13, 2013
A delegation of officials from the Brazil, sponsored by the Institute of Brazilian Issues at The George Washington University as part of an anti-corruption program, meets with Director Melanie Ann Pustay to discuss FOIA compliance and transparency in the United States (Washington, DC)

May 10, 2013
A delegation of European officials, sponsored by the Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program, meets with Director Melanie Ann Pustay to discuss the importance of transparency and accountability in government (Washington, DC)

May 7-8, 2013

May 1, 2013
Workshop: OIP co-sponsors a training workshop on dispute resolution skills for FOIA Public Liaisons with the Office of Government Information Services (Washington, DC)

April 24, 2013
Workshop: OIP, in conjunction with OGIS, hosts a FOIA Requester Roundtable (Washington, DC) (Open to the Public)

April 16 and 23, 2013
The Department of the Treasury hosts multiple informational records awareness training and briefing sessions throughout the month of April, where OIP Director Melanie Ann Pustay provides two briefings on the proper application of the FOIA's nine exemptions to Treasury and other attending federal agency personnel (Washington, DC)

April 10, 2013

March 21, 2013
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau hosts a Sunshine Week event where Director Melanie Ann Pustay provides a keynote address on the value of transparency and the significance of the Freedom of information Act (Washington, DC)

March 20, 2013
The Brookings Executive Leadership Program holds a seminar in the organization’s continuing Women’s Leadership Strategies for Success series, where Director Melanie Ann Pustay leads the day’s discussion (Washington, DC)

March 20, 2013

March 14, 2013
Conference: OIP hosts a Sunshine Week meeting of the FOIA IT Working Group (Washington, DC)

March 11-15, 2013
Sunshine Week

March 13, 2013
The Committee on the Judiciary of the U.S. Senate holds a hearing entitled “We the People: Fulfilling the Promise of Open Government Five Years After the OPEN Government Act”, where Director Melanie Ann Pustay testifies on agency FOIA administration and the implementation of President Obama’s FOIA Memorandum and Attorney General Holder’s FOIA Guidelines (Washington, DC)

March 11, 2013
Department of Justice Sunshine Week 2013 Celebration (Washington, DC) (Open to the Public)

February 26, 2013
A delegation of officials from Kosovo, sponsored by the Department of State, meets with Director Melanie Ann Pustay to discuss FOIA compliance and transparency in the United States (Washington, DC)

February 26, 2013
A delegation of officials from India, sponsored by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, meets with Director Melanie Ann Pustay to discuss the FOIA, OIP’s role in its implementation within the Department of Justice and the Executive Branch, and OIP’s use of social media and the Internet as a means of communicating with FOIA stakeholders to maintain openness and accountability (Washington, DC)

February 26-27, 2013

February 21, 2013

February 19, 2013

February 20, 2013
A delegation of officials from Burma, sponsored by the Department of State’s World Learning Program, meets with OIP’s Senior Counsel to discuss FOIA in the United States and how OIP balances the application of FOIA exemptions against the presumption in favor or disclosure (Washington, DC)

January 31, 2013
A delegation of officials from Ethiopia, sponsored by the Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program and visiting the U.S. to examine the interaction between government officials and the media to gain a better understanding of how this interaction contributes to greater transparency and communication, meets with Chief of Staff Carmen L. Mallon to discuss the Freedom of Information Act and transparency in the United States (Washington, DC)

January 23, 2013
The Brookings Executive Leadership Program holds a seminar in the organization’s continuing Women’s Leadership Strategies for Success series, where Director Melanie Ann Pustay leads a discussion on the topic of leadership principles (Washington, DC)

January 22, 2013
Workshop: OIP, in conjunction with OGIS, hosts a FOIA Requester Roundtable on the topic of FOIA Libraries: Maximizing Usefulness from the Requester Standpoint (Washington, DC) (Open to the Public)
January 10, 2013
A delegation of journalists from Libya, sponsored by the Meridian International Center on behalf of the Department of State as a part of its International Visitor Leadership Program and on the topic of Journalism in Transitional countries, meets with Director Melanie Ann Pustay to discuss the Freedom of Information Act in the United States, as well as the procedures and metrics that OIP utilizes to ensure compliance with the FOIA (Washington, DC)

January 9, 2013
The Government Information Specialist Job Series Working Group, with Chief of Staff Carmen L. Mallon and the Chief of OIP’s Initial Request Staff serving as representatives, meets to discuss the implementation of the newly created occupational series, Government Information Series, GS-0306 (Washington, DC)


  2012 Events and Dates

January

January 10, 2012
OIP participates in the first joint meeting between the National Archives and Records Administration and the Department of Justice to discuss the responsibilities and expectations related to the Presidential Memorandum "Managing Government Records" and also updates and current activities associated with the memorandum (Washington, DC)
January 11, 2012 
Director Melanie Ann Pustay meets with the Center for American Progress to discuss the FOIA Technology Working Group (Washington, DC)
January 24, 2012
Director Melanie Ann Pustay meets with a multi-nation of members of parliament, other government officials, jurists, non-government officials and journalists from Europe to discuss how American public institutions respond to the goal of operating in a transparent and accountable manner (Washington, DC)
January 24, 2012
Workshop: OIP, in conjunction with OGIS, hosts a FOIA Requester Roundtable on the topic of Records on Third Parties (Washington, DC) (Open to the Public)
January 25, 2012
Director Melanie Ann Pustay and Chief of Staff Carmen L. Mallon meet with federal government executives who are participating in the Excellence in Government Fellows Program, hosted by the Partnership for Public Service, to discuss business acumen and to learn how the Office has managed its mission and numerous goals during the current fiscal climate (Washington, DC)
January 25, 2012
Director Melanie Ann Pustay serves as a guest speaker for the Brookings Executive Leadership Program: Women's Leadership Strategies for Success, and speaks on the topic of Authentic Leadership (Washington, DC)
January 26, 2012
Conference: OIP hosts a meeting of the FOIA Technology Working Group to discuss the use of information technology tools to improve administration of the FOIA.

February

February 1, 2012
Agencies, on a rolling basis, should begin posting their Fiscal Year 2011 Annual FOIA Reports online in both Word or PDF, and XML formats.
February 1, 2012
Draft Chief FOIA Officer Reports due to OIP for review
February 14, 2012
OIP subject matter experts meet with officials of the Department of Homeland Security to provide lectures on Fees and Fee Waivers (Washington, DC)
February 22, 2012
Director Melanie Ann Pustay meets with officials of the Department of Homeland Security to provide a special briefing on the issued guidance regarding the handling of Document Referrals, Consultations, and Coordination   (Washington, DC)
February 28-29, 2012
February 29, 2012
Director Melanie Ann Pustay meets with a delegation of government officials and journalists from Zambia to discuss the Freedom of Information Act in the United States (Washington, DC)

March

March 11-17, 2012
Sunshine Week
Agencies post their 2012 Chief FOIA Officer Reports online
March 12, 2012
OIP hosts a Department of Justice event commemorating Sunshine Week 2012, as well as the third anniversary of the issuance of Attorney General Holder’s FOIA Guidelines
March 13, 2012
Director Melanie Ann Pustay testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee at a hearing titled “The Freedom of Information Act:  Safeguarding Critical Infrastructure Information and the Public’s Right to Know” (Washington, DC) (Testimony | Webcast)
March 14, 2012
Director Melanie Ann Pustay and the Justice Management’s Office of the Chief Information Officer meet with the General Accounting Office to discuss questions about the development and maintenance of FOIA.gov, OIP's most recent IT Working Group meeting, and the Department's FOIA processing and policy guidance (Washington, DC)
March 14, 2012
March 20-23, 2012
Chief of Staff Carmen L. Mallon and an OIP subject matter expert participate in the annual FOIA training of the American Society of Access Professionals (ASAP), and provide lectures on several topical discussions at the conference (New Orleans, LA)
March 21, 2012
Director Melanie Ann Pustay testifies before the House Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform on government transparency. The topic of this hearing involves the use of technology to increase transparency and to better implement the FOIA (Washington, DC) (Testimony | Webcast)
March 21, 2012
Director Melanie Ann Pustay serves as a guest speaker for the Brookings Executive Leadership Program: Women's Leadership Strategies for Success, and speaks on the topic of Communicating Across the Gender Divide (Washington, DC)
March 29, 2012
Director Melanie Ann Pustay meets with a delegation of government officials and journalists from Pakistan participating in a program entitled “Transparency in Government and Fighting Corruption”, as a part of the International Visitor Leadership Program sponsored by the Department of State (Washington, DC)

April

April 11, 2012
Training:  Advanced Freedom of Information Act Seminar (Washington, DC)
April 19, 2012
Director Melanie Ann Pustay invites a senior representative from The Sunshine in Government Initiative to participate in a meeting to discuss ongoing and future FOIA initiatives in order to engage stakeholders for the improvement of FOIA administration and to promote and facilitate collaboration among the requester community and federal agencies (Washington, DC)
April 25, 2012
Workshop: OIP, in conjunction with OGIS, hosts a FOIA Requester Roundtable (Washington, DC) (Open to the Public)

May

May 7, 2012
A delegation from the Institute of Brazilian Issues, the Center for Latin American Issues, the George Washington University, who are sponsoring an anti-corruption program, meet with Director Melanie Ann Pustay to discuss OIP’s authority, objectives and operations (Washington, DC)
May 8-9, 2012
May 16, 2012
OIP’s Counsel for the Initial Request Staff provides topic lectures on FOIA exemptions and on issues regarding requested records to staff at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center as a part of their FOIA training program (Little Rock, AR)
May 23, 2012
Director Melanie Ann Pustay serves as an SES mentor for the Brookings Executive Leadership Program: Women’s Leadership Strategies for Success, and leads a discussion on the topic of Powerful Leadership: Influence and Persuasion (Washington, DC)
May 23, 2012
Chief of Staff Carmen L. Mallon and an OIP subject matter expert participate in the annual FOIA training of the American Society of Access Professionals (ASAP), and provide lectures on several topical discussions at the conference (New Orleans)
May 31, 2012
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement of the Department of Homeland Security holds a FOIA training seminar at its new FOIA office, where OIP's Counsel for the Initial Request Staff provides lectures on the transparency principles outlined in President Obama's FOIA Memorandum and Attorney General Holder's FOIA Guidelines and an Overview of the FOIA, which includes a discussion of the FOIA's procedural requirements and exemptions (Orlando, FL)

June

June 6, 2012
June 11, 2012
The Central Intelligence Agency holds a FOIA training seminar for new and experienced officers, where Director Melanie Ann Pustay and OIP subject matter experts provide topical lectures covering all aspects of the FOIA's procedural and legal requirements (Washington, DC)
June 12, 2012
The Department of Labor holds its fourth annual FOIA training conference, where Director Melanie Ann Pustay provides a lecture on discretionary disclosures (Washington, DC)
June 13, 2012
Workshop:  OIP hosts a meeting of the FOIA Technology Working Group to discuss the use of information technology tools to improve administration of the FOIA.
June 20, 2012
Training: Director’s Lecture Series (Washington, DC)
June 28, 2012
A delegation of government officials from China meets with Director Melanie Ann Pustay to discuss the FOIA and OIP’s role in its implementation within the Department of Justice and Executive Branch (Washington, DC)

July

July 17-18, 2012
July 18, 2012
Director Melanie Ann Pustay serves as a guest speaker for the Brookings Executive Leadership Program: Women's Leadership Strategies for Success, and speaks on the topic of Strategies for Success (Washington, DC)
July 24, 2012
Training: Director’s Lecture Series (Washington, DC)
July 25, 2012
Workshop: OIP, in conjunction with OGIS, hosts a FOIA Requester Roundtable (Washington, DC) (Open to the Public)
July 26, 2012
Officials from the Office of the Chief Counsel of the Advanced Research Projects Agency, Department of Energy, meet with Director Melanie Ann Pustay and an OIP attorney-advisor to discuss access to its records under FOIA, and the application of Exemption 4.
July 31, 2012
The Federal Highway Administration of the Department of Transportation holds a FOIA training webinar, where OIP subject matter experts provide teaching instruction addressing the proper application of the statutory fee waiver standard to FOIA requests (Washington, DC)

August

August 1-3, 2012
The American Society of Access Professionals (ASAP) holds its Summer training series, where Chief of Staff Carmen L. Mallon and an OIP subject matter expert provide lectures on multiple topics (Washington, DC)
August 2, 2012
The Federal Highway Administration of the Department of Transportation holds a second FOIA training webinar, where OIP subject matter experts provide teaching instruction addressing the proper application of the statutory fee waiver standard to FOIA requests (Washington, DC)
August 14, 2012
Federal News Radio interviews Director Melanie Ann Pustay to discuss the 2012 Assessment of agency Chief FOIA Officer Reports (Washington, DC)
August  14-15, 2012
Training: The Freedom of Information Act for Attorneys and Access Professionals (Seattle, WA) cancelled due to budget constraints
August  15, 2012
Training: Director’s Lecture Series (Washington, DC)
August 18-20, 2012
The Carter Center, in conjunction with the Central Compilation and Translation Bureau and the Tsinghua University, holds a series of forums focusing on such topics as “Transparency and State-Owned Enterprises,” the deliberative process privilege, and issues surround the disclosure of internal working documents (Beijing, China)
August 29, 2012
A delegation of journalists from Libya meets with Director Melanie Ann Pustay to discuss the FOIA in the United States (Washington, DC)

September

September 4, 2012
Bloomberg News Radio interviews Director Melanie Ann Pustay, discussing various Open Government and transparency topics (Washington, DC)
September 11, 2012
The Environmental Protection Agency, along with the Department of Commerce, Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Transportation and Merit Systems Protection Board, host a joint FOIA training conference, where Director Melanie Ann Pustay provides keynote address focusing on Recent FOIA Decisions and the 2012 Assessment of agency Chief FOIA Officer Reports (Washington, DC)
September 13, 2012
Representatives from various Open Government groups meet with Director Melanie Ann Pustay to discuss new OIP guidance on agency use of the FOIA's statutory exclusions (Washington, DC)
September 13, 2012
The General Counsel of the Department of the Air Force holds a FOIA training seminar, where an OIP subject matter expert provides a lecture on an Overview of the FOIA (Suitland, MD)
September 20, 2012
Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West and Director Melanie Ann Pustay meet with the twenty-four key Chief FOIA Officers to discuss the 2012 Chief FOIA Officer Reports and agency performance in implementing the Attorney General’s FOIA Guidelines (Washington, DC)
September 21, 2012
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of  California holds a training conference, where OIP subject matter expert provides a lecture on the Overview of the FOIA (Los Angeles, California)
September 25, 2012
A delegation of officials from Nigeria meets with Director Melanie Ann Pustay to discuss the administration of the FOIA in the United States (Washington, DC)
September 26, 2012
A delegation of officials from Lebanon meets with Director Melanie Ann Pustay to discuss the role of the Department of Justice in encouraging compliance with the FOIA (Washington, DC)
September 30, 2012
End of Fiscal Year 2012

October

October 1, 2012
Beginning of Fiscal Year 2013
October 15, 2012
Annual Report Training Presentation Slides
Chief FOIA Officer Report Training Presentation Slides
October 16, 2012
The Department of State holds its first monthly FOIA Training Series, where OIP Director Melanie Ann Pustay and Chief of Staff Carmen L. Mallon provide a lecture of the FOIA’s procedural requirements (Washington, DC)
October 16, 2012
The General Services Administration holds a FOIA Conference, where Director Melanie Ann Pustay and Chief of Staff Carmen L. Mallon present lectures on the principles outlined in President Obama’s FOIA Memorandum and Attorney General Holder’s FOIA Guidelines, as well as an Overview of the FOIA which includes a discussion of the FOIA’s procedural requirements and exemptions (Washington, DC)
October 18, 2012
The American Society of Access Professionals (ASAP) hosts a training seminar, where Chief of Staff Carmen L. Mallon serves as a panelist for a seminar which examines OPM’s new occupational series for FOIA and Privacy Act Professionals (Washington, DC)
October 22, 2012
The Department of Homeland Security holds a specialized FOIA training session, where Director Melanie Ann Pustay presents a lecture on the proper application and procedural requirements for the use of the FOIA’s statutory exclusions (Washington, DC)
October 24, 2012
Workshop: OIP, in conjunction with OGIS, hosts a FOIA Requester Roundtable (Washington, DC) (Open to the Public)
October 24, 2012
The Department of Health and Human Services holds a FOIA training conference, where Director Melanie Ann Pustay provides the keynote address focusing on "Achieving Success in FY 13." An OIP subject matter expert also provides a lecture on Exemption 4 (Washington, DC)

November

November 27-28, 2012
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services of the Department of Homeland Security holds a FOIA training seminar, where OIP subject matter experts provide topical lectures covering all aspects of the FOIA’s procedural and legal requirements, and exemptions (Lee’s Summit, Missouri)
November 28, 2012
Training: FOIA Litigation Seminar (Washington, DC)

December

December 2, 2012
The Brookings Executive Leadership Program holds a seminar in the organization’s continuing Women’s Leadership Strategies for Success series, where Director Melanie Ann Pustay leads a discussion on the topic of Emotional Intelligence (Washington, DC)
December 3, 2012
Workshop: Dispute resolution training for FOIA Public Liaisons, co-sponsored with the OGIS.  The workshop is designed to offer dispute resolution skills to assist FOIA Public Liaisons in performing their duties (Washington, DC)
December 3, 2012
The Office of Inspector General Working Group Community hosts a meeting on FOIA topics, where Director Melanie Ann Pustay and OIP subject matter experts present discussions on the FOIA’s statutory exclusions, qualifying statutes under Exemption 3, and the proper application of Exemption 7 (Washington, DC)
December 4, 2012
The Department of State continues its FOIA Lecture Series, where the Chief, IR Staff and OIP subject matter experts present lectures on FOIA searches within the agency and a review of the FOIA’s exemptions (Washington, DC)
December 4, 2012
The American Society of Access Professionals (ASAP), during its Annual Symposium, presents its Directors’ Award for Superior Public Service to Director Melanie Ann Pustay and Chief of Staff Carmen L. Mallon in recognition of OIP and its staff members for providing expertise and training instruction to ASAP over the past thirty years (Washington, DC)
December 4-5, 2012
The American Society of Access Professionals (ASAP) hosts the organization’s annual symposium and training conference, where Chief of Staff Carmen L. Mallon serves as a moderator for a panel session entitled Applying the Foreseeable Harm Standard, and also serves as a panelist for a session entitled Effective Referrals and Referral Agreements (Washington, DC)
December 10, 2012
The Department of Energy hosts a FOIA conference, where Director Melanie Ann Pustay hosts a discussion on recent judicial developments in FOIA case law as well as a lecture on the appropriate FOIA protection and treatment of electronic data, and an OIP subject matter expert provides a lecture on the proper application and usage of FOIA Exemption 4 to records involving commercial information (Washington, DC)
December 12, 2012
The Intelligence Community Inspector General’s Office of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence hosts a FOIA training course specifically designed for the agency’s Inspector General Counselors, where OIP will provide the day’s content with an opening session from Director Melanie Ann Pustay, followed by topical lectures from OIP subject matter experts covering all aspects of the FOIA’s procedural and legal requirements (Washington, DC)
December 17-18, 2012


  2011 Events and Dates

February

February 1, 2011
Agency Annual Reports to be submitted to the Department of Justice
February 22 - 23, 2011

March

March 7-10, 2011
OIP Director Melanie Ann Pustay and Chief of Staff Carmen L. Mallon participates in the American Society of Access Professionals (ASAP) National Training Conference (Las Vegas, NV)
March 8, 2011
Agencies to post their Chief FOIA Officer Reports on their websites
March 14-18, 2011
Sunshine Week
March 15, 2011
OIP Director Melanie Ann Pustay testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee at a hearing titled "The Freedom of Information Act: Ensuring Transparency and Accountability in the Digital Age" (Washington, DC)  (Testimony | Webcast)
March 21, 2011
OIP hosts FOIA Requester/Agency Town Hall Meeting (Washington, DC) (Open to the Public)
March 22, 2011
March 23, 2011
OIP Director Melanie Ann Pustay meets with a delegation of investigative journalists from Thailand as a part of the International Visitor Leadership Program from the Department of State, on the topic of the role of the media in democracy and how the media can be used to encourage accountability and transparency (Washington, DC)
March 24, 2011
March 25, 2011
OIP Director Melanie Ann Pustay serves as a guest speaker for the Brookings Executive Leadership Program: Women’s Leadership Strategies for Success, and speaks on the topic of Communicating Across the Gender Divide (Washington, DC)
March 29, 2011
The Commissioner from the Office of the German Federal Commission for Data Protection and Freedom of Information meets with OIP Chief of Staff Carmen L. Mallon, discussing current issues relating to the Freedom of Information Act (Washington, DC)
March 29-April 1, 2011
OIP Director Melanie Ann Pustay participates in a Chinese law and policy reform program, co-sponsored by The China Law Center of Yale Law School and the Shanghai Office of Legislative Affairs, taking part in workshops and academic lectures at the Peking University Law School on the topic of disclosure of information (Shanghai and Beijing, China)

April

April 4-5, 2011
The Forest Service of the Department of Agriculture hosts Annual FOIA Conference, where OIP’s Counsel for the Initial Request Staff provides a lecture titled Overview of the FOIA (University of Montana, Missoula, MT)
April 5-6, 2011
OIP Director Melanie Ann Pustay provides keynote address focusing on transparency principles outlined in the President's FOIA Memorandum and Attorney General Holder's FOIA Guidelines, at the Department of the Navy's Annual FOIA Conference. OIP personnel will also participate in lectures involving various FOIA exemptions (Washington, DC)
April 6, 2011

May

May 3-4, 2011
May 13, 2011
OIP Director Melanie Ann Pustay serves as a guest speaker for the Brookings Executive Leadership Program: Women’s Leadership Strategies for Success, and speaks on the topic of Powerful Leadership: Influence and Persuasion (Washington, DC)
May 17, 2011
May 17, 2011
OIP hosts a FOIA Fee Summit for department and agency FOIA personnel to discuss issues related to the proper application of the FOIA's fee and fee waiver provisions (Washington, DC)
May 19, 2011

June

June 1, 2011
Department of Labor FOIA Conference, where OIP Director Melanie Ann Pustay presents a lecture on the Supreme Court decision in Milner, including a briefing on OIP’s guidance on the use of Exemption 2 (Washington, DC)
June 8, 2011
June 9, 2011
June 14, 2011
Department of Homeland Security FOIA training program, where OIP Director Melanie Ann Pustay presents a lecture on the recent Supreme Court decision in Milner, including a briefing on OIP’s guidance on the use of Exemption 2 (Washington, DC)
June 21-23, 2011
The American Society of Access Professionals (ASAP) holds its summer training series, where OIP staff provides lectures on a variety of topics including proactive disclosures, and FOIA fee and fee wavier provisions (Washington, DC)
June 28, 2011
U.S. Forest Service National FOIA Conference, entitled Changing Forest Service Culture – Transition into the Electronic Era, where OIP Director Melanie Ann Pustay presents a lecture on transparency principles, the President’s FOIA Memorandum, the Attorney General’s FOIA Guidelines, and the use of Exemption 2 after the Supreme Court decision in Milner
June 30, 2011
Department of Veterans Affairs FOIA Conference, where OIP Director Melanie Ann Pustay presents a lecture on the President’s FOIA Memorandum, the Attorney General’s FOIA Guidelines, the recent Supreme Court decision in Milner, the use of Exemption 4, and submitter notice procedures (Charlotte, NC)

July

July 11, 2011
The Director General of Judicial Coordination at the Spanish Ministry of the President (an advisor to the President of Spain on the drafting of a new FOIA law in Spain), in connection with the National Security Archive meets with OIP Director Melanie Ann Pustay, discussing the creation and implementation of an access to public information law (Washington, DC)
July 12-13, 2011
July 13, 2011
The Australian Information Commissioner meets with OIP Director Melanie Ann Pustay, discussing FOIA developments in the United States and globally (Washington, DC)
July 13, 2011
OIP Director Melanie Ann Pustay serves as a guest speaker for the Brookings Executive Leadership Program: Women’s Leadership Strategies for Success, and speaks on the topic of Worklife Balance (Washington, DC)
July 14, 2011
OIP, in conjunction with OGIS, hosts FOIA Requester Roundtable on the topic of record referrals and consultations (Washington, DC) Open to the Public)
July 21, 2011
A delegation from Bangladesh led by its Information Commission Chair, and sponsored by Development Alternatives, Inc., meets with officials from OIP to discuss the new 2009 Bangladesh law, Right to Information, and the government's responsibilities required under this law (Washington, DC)
July 26, 2011
OIP hosts a training conference for DOJ components to discuss current law enforcement matters, including the Supreme Court decision in Milner. The training incorporates a plenary session with discussions on issues involving law enforcement matters and exemption applicability in light of Milner, with break-out sessions for components with tailored discussions addressing more particularized issues (Washington, DC)
July 28, 2011
Department of Energy FOIA Conference, where OIP Director Melanie Ann Pustay presents a lecture on the President’s FOIA Memorandum, the Attorney General’s FOIA Guidelines, the Open Government Directive, and the recent Supreme Court decision in Milner. OIP subject matter experts also present lectures on the Overview of the FOIA, lead discussions of the FOIA’s procedural requirements and exemptions, in addition to leading discussions to address particularized issues confronting the Department of Energy (Washington, DC)
July 28, 2011
A delegation from the People's Republic of China, sponsored by the Asian American Exchange, meets with OIP Director Melanie Ann Pustay, discussing OIP's role in encouraging agency compliance with the FOIA, and the role of counseling, training, distribution of reference materials, and other resources that assist agencies in meeting FOIA requirements (Washington, DC)

August

August 1-3, 2011
Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) FOIA Conference, where OIP subject matter experts present lectures on the Overview of the FOIA and on particularized issues confronting BOP, in addition to leading discussions on the FOIA’s procedural requirements and exemptions (Kansas City, Kansas)
August 23, 2011
Officials from the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an Office within the Department of the Treasury, meets with OIP Director Melanie Ann Pustay, discussing the creation of its new FOIA program (Washington, DC)
August 24, 2011
A representative from the Dutch National Government’s Ministry of the Interior, who is conducting research on the topics of Open Government and the Freedom of Information Act in the United States, meets with OIP Director Melanie Ann Pustay on the topics of President Obama’s FOIA policies, the history of the FOIA in the U.S., and lessons learned during the forty-five years of U.S. transparency law (Washington, DC)
August 25, 2011
Department of Agriculture, Risk Management Agency, FOIA Conference, where OIP Director Melanie Ann Pustay presents a session on transparency principles outlined in the President’s FOIA Memorandum and the Attorney General’s FOIA Guidelines. OIP subject matter experts also present lectures on the topics of the Overview of the FOIA, and the FOIA’s procedural requirements and exemptions, in addition to leading discussions to address particularized issues confronting the Department of Agriculture (Washington, DC)
August 30, 2011
OIP, in conjunction with OGIS, hosts a training session for FOIA Public Liaisons on dispute resolution skills (Washington, DC)

September

September 7, 2011
The General Services Administration, Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) Training Conference, where OIP Director Melanie Ann Pustay serves as a panelist discussing compliance of the FACA with the Freedom of Information Act, the Federal Records Act, the Presidential Records Act, the Paperwork Reduction Act, and the Privacy Act (Washington, DC)
September 8, 2011
A delegation of educators, journalists and government officials from Tunisia, sponsored by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, meets with OIP Director Melanie Ann Pustay, to discuss the FOIA and OIP’s role in its implementation within the Department of Justice and the Executive Branch. (Washington, DC)
September 8, 2011
A group of twenty-five government officials, NGO representatives, and journalists with a professional focus involving strengthening accountability and transparency in their respective governments, through a Department of State program entitled “Accountability in Government,” meets with OIP Director Melanie Ann Pustay to discuss the Department’s implementation of the President’s FOIA Memorandum and Attorney General Holder’s FOIA Guidelines. This program is designed to explore best practices underlying transparency and accountability and to examine the impact of transparency on trade, investment and economic development (Washington, DC)
September 15, 2011
Environmental Protection Agency, along with Department of Commerce, Homeland Security and Interior, host a joint FOIA Training Conference, where OIP Director Melanie Ann Pustay presents a lecture on recent FOIA court decisions (Washington, DC)
September 15, 2011
An eight-person, multinational delegation from Europe, sponsored by the Department of State, meets with OIP Director Melanie Ann Pustay to discuss data privacy and protection, as well as the administration of the FOIA in the United States (Washington, DC)
September 19-21, 2011
OIP Chief of Staff Carmen L. Mallon, and an OIP subject matter expert, participates in the annual FOIA and Privacy Act Workshop of the American Society of Access Professionals (ASAP), and provide lectures on several topical discussions at the conference (Chicago, IL)
September 22, 2011
Associate Attorney General Thomas Perrelli and OIP Director Melanie Ann Pustay host a meeting with the Chief FOIA Officers of the cabinet agencies to discuss implementation of the Attorney General’s FOIA Guidelines and other open government initiatives. The meeting is a part of a regular series of meetings that the Associate Attorney General holds with key Chief FOIA Officers, as stated in the Department’s Open Government Plan (Washington, DC)
September 30, 2011
End of Fiscal Year 2011

October

October 1, 2011
Start of Fiscal Year 2012
October 3-5, 2011
OIP Director Melanie Ann Pustay participates in the 7th International Conference of Information Commissioners, hosted by the Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada and the Canadian Bar Association, serving as a panelist for a session titled, Oversight: Is there an optimal model for protecting access to information rights? (Ottawa, Canada)
October 3-6, 2011
Department of Defense, U.S. Northern Command training conference, where OIP Chief of Staff Carmen L. Mallon presents a lecture on the recent Supreme Court decision in Milner v. Department of the Navy, as well as an overview of the FOIA, the FOIA’s procedural requirements, and participates in a lecture on the scope of various FOIA exemptions (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
October 13, 2011
OIP hosts Annual FOIA Report and Chief FOIA Officer Report refresher training for agencies. Chief FOIA Officers and Agency Principal FOIA Contacts and any other Agency Personnel who prepare the Annual FOIA Report or Chief FOIA Officer Report, including appropriate IT staff are encouraged to attend the training (Washington, DC)
October 19, 2011
OIP, in conjunction with OGIS, hosts FOIA Requester Roundtable on the topic on the topic of contractor and business-related records (Washington, DC) (Open to the Public)
October 20, 2011
Office of Personal Management's Office of General Counsel training retreat for attorneys and administrative staff, where OIP Director Melanie Ann Pustay presents a lecture on the legal requirements of the FOIA (Washington, DC)
October 25, 2011
OIP, in conjunction with OGIS, hosts a dispute resolution skills training for FOIA Public Liaisons to assist the Liaisons in performing their duties (Washington, DC)
October 26, 2011
Department of Agriculture, Risk Management Agency’s FOIA Conference, where OIP Director Melanie Ann Pustay and OIP subject matter experts present lectures on the transparency principles outlined in President Obama’s FOIA Memorandum and Attorney General Holder’s FOIA Guidelines, an Overview of the FOIA, and the FOIA’s procedural requirements and exemptions (Washington, DC)
October 26-27, 2011
Department of Health and Human Services FOIA Conference, where OIP subject matter experts serve as panelists for workshops on Proactive Disclosures and the use of FOIA Exemptions (Washington, DC)
October 27, 2011
OIP hosts a planning meeting of the FOIA Technology Working Group, to address OIP’s open government technology initiatives. The Working Group serves as a forum for agencies to exchange ideas and experiences in utilizing technology to improve administration of the FOIA (Washington, DC)

November

November 3, 2011
November 15, 2011
The Agency for International Development hosts its first FOIA Forum, where OIP Director Melanie Ann Pustay presents a lecture on the Overview of the FOIA, focusing on the FOIA's procedural requirements and exemptions, and serves as a panelist for a session focusing on notable trends affecting FOIA in this climate of open government, focusing on the transparency principles outlined in the President's FOIA Memorandum and Attorney General Holder’s FOIA Guidelines (Washington, DC)
November 16, 2011
OIP Director Melanie Ann Pustay serves as a guest speaker for the Brookings Executive Leadership Program: Women’s Leadership Strategies for Success, and leads a discussion on the topic of Values in Action (Washington, DC)
November 22, 2011
Department of Homeland Security’s FOIA Conference, where OIP’s Counsel, Initial Request Staff, and other OIP subject matter experts provide lectures on the application of specific FOIA exemptions (Washington, DC)

December

December 5, 2011
Agency Fiscal Year 2011 Annual FOIA Reports in both Word or PDF and in XML format due to OIP for review
December 5-6, 2011
December 7-8, 2011
The American Society of Access Professionals (ASAP) hosts its annual symposium and training conference, where OIP Chief of Staff Carmen L. Mallon serves as a panelist for a session entitled “Hot Trends in FOIA” (Washington, DC)
Dec 12, 2011
OIP hosts FOIA Training Conference for department and agency FOIA personnel to discuss the newly issued guidance related to Referrals, Consultations and Coordination (Washington, DC)
Dec 13, 2011
OIP hosts FOIA Requester Roundtable on the topic of Referrals, Consultations and Coordination (Washington, DC)

Training and Outreach
Next Events
April 16, 2014
June 11, 2014
For a full list of upcoming events, visit our Key Dates page.
To access DOJ documents that are posted online by OIP, please visit the FOIA Library.
For government-wide FOIA information including how to make a FOIA request to other federal agencies, please visit FOIA.GOV.
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Leadership
Melanie Ann Pustay
Director
Contact
Office of Information Policy
(202) 514 - FOIA (3642)
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