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Statements and Executive Correspondence

Correspondence Regarding Routine Uses for OGIS - Because FOIA case files generally include records protected by the Privacy Act, agencies must notify the public that OGIS can access these files before they share them with OGIS. Agencies do this by publishing a Privacy Act Systems of Records Notice (SORN) in the Federal Register.

May 27, 2016 - Acting Director Nikki Gramian wrote to Joyce Barr, Chief FOIA Officer at the Department of State, regarding the use of "still interested" letters in a manner that is not consistent with current guidance from the Department of Justice.

June 15, 2016 - State Department Chief FOIA Officer Joyce Barr explains steps the agency has taken to bring the FOIA Program's use of "still interested" letters into compliance with current guidance from the Department of Justice's Office of Information Policy.


March 12, 2016 - Director James Holzer wrote to Edward Keable, Deputy Solicitor - General Law at the Department of the Interior to ask for assistance in receiving information regarding several OGIS cases.


October 6, 2015 - Director James Holzer joined the Archivist of the United States and the National Archives and Records Administration's General Counsel in recognizing Conflict Resolution Day 2015.


September 15, 2015 - Director James Holzer wroteto the Chief FOIA Officer of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Chief of the Disclosure Branch of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regarding use of "still interested" letters to administratively close FOIA requests.