OIP is pleased to announce two new topics and dates for our Best Practices Workshop series as we continue this initiative this summer. OIP launched the Best Practices Workshop series in 2014 as a way to share and leverage successes in FOIA administration across the government. Each workshop in the series focuses on a specific topical area and includes a panel of representatives who share their success stories and strategies. For example, some of the topics covered in the first series of workshops included panels on reducing backlogs, proactive disclosures, and implementing technology in FOIA administration. This series continues to be an opportunity for professionals at every level of the FOIA process to learn from one another and to leverage the successes of other agencies for their own organizations.
The dates and topics for the new workshops are:
Collaborating for Results: Agencies and Requesters Working Together Throughout the FOIA Process
June 15, 2017, 10:00 am to 12 noon
Best Practices for Self-Assessments and Improving FOIA Processes
August 23, 2017, 10:00 am to 12 noon
The workshops are open to all agency FOIA professionals and interested personnel. The first workshop in June is also open to the public and will include a panelist from the requester community. Both workshops will be held at the Department of Justice’s Conference Center at 145 N Street, NE. Registration for all workshops is required for attendance and you will need a picture ID to enter the building.
After each event, the best practices discussed by the panel, as well as other resources, will be added to the Best Practices Workshop Series page of our website as a resource for all agencies and interested individuals.
If you are interested in attending any of these events, you can register by emailing your name and phone number to OIP’s Training Officer at DOJ.OIP.FOIA@usdoj.gov with the subject line “[Month] Best Practices Workshop.” If registering multiple individuals, please include the email addresses of all registrants. If you have any questions regarding the series, please contact OIP’s Training Officer at (202) 514-3642.
As we hold these workshops, we continue to invite your suggestions on future meeting topics and potential panelists. If you would like to participate as a panelist or recommend someone for any of the above scheduled workshops, please email us at DOJ.OIP.FOIA@usdoj.gov with the subject line “Best Practices Workshop Suggestion.”