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FOIA Requester Roundtables Continue in Fiscal Year 2014

Update: Due to the government shutdown, the October 17th FOIA Requester Roundtable Meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, November 7th.  The updated details for this meeting are located below.  We apologize for the inconvenience. Over the last several years OIP has sponsored a series of quarterly FOIA Requester Roundtable meetings, which provide an opportunity for the FOIA requester community and agency personnel to come together to discuss various topics in FOIA administration.  These meetings, hosted in conjunction with the Office of Government Information Services, will continue in Fiscal Year 2014 with the ongoing goal of facilitating a forum for exchanging ideas on how to improve the FOIA process The first Requester Roundtable meeting of Fiscal Year 2014 will take place on October 17, and will focus on the topic of maximizing agencies’ administrative appeal process.  Across the government, the administrative appeal process allows requesters an opportunity to raise any issues with the initial handling of their FOIA request directly to agencies, while also providing agencies with the ability to take a fresh look at the responses provided to requesters.  Our discussion will focus on the importance of this process to both requesters and agencies in order to improve overall administration of the FOIA. The details for this meeting are:
FOIA Requester Roundtable Meeting Maximizing the Administrative Appeal Process Department of Justice – Office of Information Policy 1425 New York Avenue, NW – Suite 11050 November 7, 2013; 12:30 – 1:30pm
This and all Requester Roundtable meetings are open to members of the public as well as interested agency personnel, and we hope that you can join us for our discussion.  As Fiscal Year 2014 continues, additional meetings in this series will be held on January 22, April 24, and July 24.  Details regarding these meetings, including time, location, and topic, will be announced here on FOIA Post and through OIP’s Twitter account, @FOIAPost, prior to each meeting. If you are interested in attending the upcoming October Requester Roundtable, please email your name and phone number to OIP’s Training officer at with the subject line “October Requester Roundtable.”  As space for these meetings is limited, registration is required to attend, and please remember that you will need a picture ID to enter the building.  If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact OIP’s Training Officer at (202) 514-3642.
Updated August 6, 2014