Both the President and Department of Justice have stressed the importance of using modern technology in administering the FOIA in order to provide timely disclosure of information to the public. In the years since the issuance of the President’s FOIA Memorandum and the Department of Justice’s 2009 FOIA Guidelines, agencies have taken concrete steps to use technology tools to improve multiple aspects of their FOIA process. Next month, agencies will have the chance to share details of their efforts to leverage new technology solutions in a meeting of the FOIA IT Working Group.
Since its inception, the FOIA IT Working Group has acted as a forum for agency FOIA and technology professionals to discuss areas that have, or could benefit from, the application of technology tools. In celebration of Sunshine Week 2016, OIP will be showcasing the efforts of agencies that have used technology solutions to improve their administration of the FOIA. The meeting will also feature a discussion of areas or topics that the Working Group should address in the future.
The details for the meeting, which is open to all agency FOIA professionals and interested agency technology specialists, are:
FOIA IT Working Group Meeting
Department of Justice
145 N Street, NE
March 17, 2016, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Registration is required to attend and you will need a picture ID to enter the building for this meeting.
If you are interested in attending this event, you can register by e-mailing your name and phone number to OIP’s Training Officer at DOJ.OIP.FOIA@usdoj.gov, with the subject “FOIA IT Working Group Sunshine Week Meeting.” If you have any questions regarding this meeting, please contact OIP at (202) 514-FOIA (3642).
As Sunshine Week 2016 approaches, be sure to continue reading FOIA Post for announcements and information about all of the Justice Department’s planned activities for the week. And don’t forget to join us for the Department of Justice’s Sunshine Week kickoff celebration on Monday, March 14th.