FOIA Advisory Committee

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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee

As part of the Open Government Partnership, the United States issued its second Open Government National Action Plan (NAP) on December 5, 2013, that sets forth several specific initiatives the Administration would undertake in the coming two years. One flagship initiative includes various efforts to modernize the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), including creating a FOIA Federal Advisory Committee to be “comprised of government and non-governmental members of the FOIA community, to foster dialog between the Administration and the requester community, solicit public comments, and develop consensus recommendations for improving FOIA administration and proactive disclosures.”

Authority
The Committee is established in accordance with the NAP and the directive in the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552(h)(1)(C), that the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS)“recommend policy changes … to improve” the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) administration. The Committee is governed by the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, 5 U.S.C. App.

Functions
This advisory committee shall serve as a deliberative body to advise on improvements to FOIA administration. The Committee will study the current FOIA landscape across the Executive Branch and may recommend legislative action, policy changes or executive action, among other matters.

Support
OGIS will provide funding and administrative support for the Committee to the extent permitted by law and within existing appropriations.

Membership
Archivist of the United States David Ferriero appointed the 20 members of the Committee in May 2014. There are 10 members from within government and 10 non-governmental members who have considerable FOIA expertise and who were selected to achieve a balanced representation. Committee members are appointed to serve a two-year term. OGIS Acting Director Nikki Gramian is the Acting Committee Chair. The Committee shall meet up to four times per year and may call additional meetings as may be necessary. Meetings will be open to the public.

Committee Management Officer
Patrice Little Murray
Email: patrice.murray@nara.gov
Phone: 301-837-2001
Fax: 301-837-0319

Mail: National Archives and Records Administration
Office of Strategy and Communications
Partnerships Division
8601 Adelphi Road - SR
College Park, MD 20740-6001

Designated Federal Officer
Christa Lemelin
Email: christa.lemelin@nara.gov
Phone: 202-741-5773
Fax: 202-741-5769
Mail: National Archives and Records Administration
Office of Government Information Services
8601 Adelphi Road - OGIS
College Park, MD 20740-6001

Past Meeting Dates:

June 24, 2014
October 21, 2014

January 27, 2015
April 21, 2015

Future Meeting Dates:

July 21, 2015
October 20, 2015
January 26, 2016
April 19, 2016

OGIS will post information regarding FOIA Advisory Committee meetings as soon as it becomes available. OGIS will announce meeting dates in the Federal Register and on the OGIS blog.

Updated: Apr 21, 2015