The FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 established the Chief FOIA Officers (CFO) Council, which is tasked with:
- Developing recommendations for increasing FOIA compliance and efficiency;
- Disseminating information about agency experiences, ideas, best practices, and innovative approaches related to FOIA;
- Identifying, developing, and coordinating initiatives to increase transparency and FOIA compliance; and
- Promoting the development and use of common performance measures for agency compliance with the FOIA.
The CFO Council is co-chaired by the Directors of OIP and the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) and is composed of all agency CFOs and the Deputy Director for Management from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
The materials associated with the Council’s work, including minutes of the meetings, will be made publicly available on this page. Council meetings are open to the public. Notice of all meetings will be provided in the Federal Register at least ten business days in advance, and details will also be posted on OIP’s website.
Co-Chairs: Eric Stein, U.S. Department of State and Michael Sarich, Veterans Health Administration
In September 2018, the CFO Council established a technology subcommittee to study the utilization and deployment of technology in FOIA programs across agencies, and identify best practices and recommendations that can be implemented across agencies. Two senior FOIA professionals at the Department of State and the Veterans Health Administration co-chair the Committee; membership includes FOIA professionals from the Departments of Homeland Security and the Interior, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Institutes of Health, Institute of Library and Museum Services, American Battle Monuments Commission, Social Security Administration, Air Force Declassification Office, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The Committee liaises with the Council's co-chairs, the Directors of OIP and OGIS.
Presentation Slides – Artificial Intelligence 101 (November 5, 2020)
508 Compliance and Collaborative Tools - Charter
Artificial Intelligence - Charter
FOIA and Classified Information - Charter
FOIA Searches - Charter
FOIAonline - Charter
FOIAXpress - Charter
Video Review and Redactions – Charter
Committee on Cross-Agency Collaboration and Innovation
Co-Chairs: Michael Bell, U.S. Department of Transportation and Abioye Mosheim, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
In October 2020, the CFO Council established the Committee on Cross-Agency Collaboration and Innovation (COCACI) to research and propose cross-agency grant programs and funding sources, create federal career paths for FOIA professionals, and promote models to align agency resources with agency transparency. COCACI began meeting in March 2021 and will focus on the following three topics areas: virtual FOIA office administration; the Government Information Specialist (GIS) job series; and technology standardization.
Pandemic/Virtual FOIA Offices
Government Information Specialists Job Series
April 29, 2021 MEETING
Meeting Announcement (Federal Register Notice, April 15, 2021)
October 14, 2020 MEETING
Meeting Announcement (Federal Register Notice, September 28, 2020)
August 5, 2019 Meeting
Meeting Announcement (Federal Register Notice, July 9, 2019)
October 4, 2018 Meeting
Meeting Announcement (Federal Register Notice, September 25, 2018)
July 19, 2018 Meeting
Meeting Announcement (Federal Register Notice, June 16, 2017)
July 27, 2017 Meeting
Meeting Announcement (Federal Register Notice, June 15, 2017)
September 15, 2016 Meeting
Meeting Announcement (Federal Register Notice; August 29, 2016)
Meeting Recap - CFO Council Receives Feedback on "Release to All" Policy at Second Meeting (October 4, 2016)
July 23, 2016 Meeting (Inaugural Meeting)
Meeting Announcement (Federal Register Notice; July 5, 2016)
Meeting Recap - CFO Council Holds First Meeting at the White House (July 27, 2016)