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OIP Announces FOIA Trainings for Fiscal Year 2021

Today, the Office of Information Policy (OIP) announced new dates for FOIA training during Fiscal Year 2021.  As part of its responsibility to encourage agency compliance with the FOIA, OIP offers a number of training opportunities throughout the year for agency FOIA professionals and individuals with FOIA responsibilities.  These courses have been designed to offer training opportunities for personnel from all stages of the FOIA workforce, from new hires to the experienced FOIA professionals or FOIA managers. Due to COVID-19 and physical distancing precautions, OIP will continue to offer virtual training sessions that will be taught in real-time by OIP instructors.  We will announce more training opportunities for the spring at a later date.  As Fiscal Year 2021 quickly approaches, we are pleased to announce these virtual training courses, which are also available on OIP’s Eventbrite page.

The courses and dates scheduled so far for Fiscal Year 2021 are:

         Virtual Annual FOIA Report Refresher Training
         October 15, 2020

         Virtual Freedom of Information Act Litigation Seminar
         October 20, 2020

         Virtual Introduction to the Freedom of Information Act
         November 10, 2020

         Virtual Chief FOIA Officer Report Refresher Training

         December 10, 2020

        Virtual Procedural Requirements and Fees Workshops
         January 14, 2021

        Virtual Exemption 1 and Exemption 7 Workshop
         January 19, 2021

        Virtual Exemption 4 and Exemption 5 Workshop
         January 21, 2021

        Virtual Privacy Considerations Workshop
         January 27, 2021

Training courses are open to all federal government employees.  Due to COVID-19 precautions, all sessions scheduled at this time will be virtual.  Descriptions of each course are available on Eventbrite and the Training page of OIP's site.  OIP manages all training registration through Eventbrite.  Registration will open one month prior to the date of the training.  Once the registration period begins, you may register by providing your name and email address on OIP’s Eventbrite page for that course.  Each attendee must register separately using their own government email address.  Please note that these training sessions are open to government personnel and contractors only.  Once you are registered, you will be sent a confirmation email from Eventbrite. 

OIP is also always available to provide individualized training sessions to any interested agency, which can be tailored to fit training needs.

For questions or more information regarding any of OIP’s training opportunities, please contact OIP’s Training Coordinator at



Updated September 29, 2020