OGIS Publishes FOIA Compliance Self-Assessment

National Archives Records Express

This is cross-posted from The FOIA Ombudsman. The latest Records Management Self-Assessment (RMSA) shows that the COVID-19 pandemic remained a challenge for agencies in 2021, and that top agency FOIA and records management officers are increasingly working together. Government to agency records officers earlier this year and included four questions regarding FOIA administration. OGIS works in partnership with the CRO to include FOIA questions in the annual RMSA.

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How contractors use FOIA to spy on one another via the Federal News Network

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FOIA IG News Information Governance information security Records Management The Federal News NetworkCheck out the article here.

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Private and Privileged Data: Public Records and FOIA Requests

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Information requested from a government agency through a local public records request or the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), may be considered private, personally identifiable information (PII) or privileged. Tools to Prepare Data for a Public or FOIA Request.

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Right to Know: A Historical Guide to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) via Ammo.com

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The post Right to Know: A Historical Guide to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) via Ammo.com appeared first on IG GURU. FOIA Archives FIOA HistoryCheck out the article here.

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Records Management and FOIA: So Happy Together

National Archives Records Express

Semo, Director of the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), the Federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Ombudsman’s office, discusses the vital role records management teams play in agencies’ responses to FOIA requests. General FOIA

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Group Files ‘Largest FOIA of All Time’ via Vice

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The post Group Files ‘Largest FOIA of All Time’ via Vice appeared first on IG GURU. Archives FOIA IG News Records Management Digital Archives Paywalls ViceAccording to the article here the request is for billions of digital images and historical records are hidden behind arbitrary paywalls.

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Portland to Pay $200K After Losing Public Records Battle via US NEWS

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FOIA IG News Fine PortlandCheck out the article here.

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OK to Deny FOIA Request for Nonexistent Records via JD SUPRA

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The post OK to Deny FOIA Request for Nonexistent Records via JD SUPRA appeared first on IG GURU. FOIA IG News Information Governance information privacy Records Management Risk News Illinois Appellate Court Law Enforcement Nonexistent RecordsIn a recent decision, the Illinois Appellate Court held that the nonexistence of requested documents is an affirmative defense to a complaint grounded in the Freedom of Information Act.

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Supreme Court Clarifies Broad Interpretation of FOIA Exemption for Confidential Commercial Information

Data Matters

In a very significant FOIA decision for business, Food Mktg. Rather, so long as the commercial or financial information obtained by the government is “private” or “secret” – the plain and ordinary meaning of “confidential” – it may be withheld from disclosure under FOIA. In particular, it is possible that commercial information that is kept secret only because its disclosure might embarrass a company would now be protectable under FOIA. FOIA Litigation Policy Trade Secrets

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Preventing FOIA Disputes

Archives Blogs

In addition to providing services that help Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requesters and Federal agencies in resolving disputes, one of the goals of the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) is to prevent FOIA disputes from arising in the first place. OGIS is the Federal FOIA Ombudsman. OGIS’s mediation program brings the office into contact with a broad range of Federal agencies and requesters at various points throughout the FOIA process.

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Improving the Administration of FOIA

Archives Blogs

Just last month the second term of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee wrapped up its two years of work by unanimously approving its Final Report and Recommendations. The Committee brings together FOIA requesters and agency FOIA professionals to develop consensus solutions to some of the greatest challenges in the administration of FOIA. Strong records management is the backbone of an efficient, compliant FOIA program and smoother FOIA process.

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Cybersecurity: Defending Freedom with Information Management

Information Governance Perspectives

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Newly Unclassified NSA Document on Cryptography in the 1970s

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Alabama town’s new excuse for hiding public records: We don’t have to look for them via AL.com

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Check out this very interesting article about FOIA and public records. Compliance FOIA IG News Record Retention Records Management Storage Alabama Opepn Records Act City of Troy

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NARA calls in DoD to help resolve its backlog of veteran records requests

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Archives FOIA IG News Records Management Standards Backlog DoD NARACheck out the article here. The post NARA calls in DoD to help resolve its backlog of veteran records requests appeared first on IG GURU.

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More Military Cryptanalytics, Part III

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Uncategorized cryptanalysis cryptography FOIA history of cryptography military NSALate last year, the NSA declassified and released a redacted version of Lambros D. Callimahos’s Military Cryptanalytics, Part III. We just got most of the index. It’s hard to believe that there are any real secrets left in this 44-year-old volume.

City ordered to produce messages in ‘native format’ via The Landmark

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Michigan Supreme Court to hear challenge to UM over anti-immigration activist’s papers via the Detroit News

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Archives Compliance FOIA Record Retention Records Management Risk News activist Michigan Supreme Court University of MichiganCheck out the article here.

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An Update on the FOIA Advisory Committee

Archives Blogs

On October 19, 2017 the FOIA Advisory Committee will meet in the William G. The three subcommittees will each present their ideas to the full Committee and the public for how to improve the administration of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and improve FOIA processes. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, gives welcoming remarks during the FOIA Advisory Committee Meeting at the National Archives in Washington, DC, on July 21, 2016.

NSA Security Awareness Posters

Schneier on Security

From a FOIA request, over a hundred old NSA security awareness posters. foia nsa securityawareness securityeducationHere are the BBC's favorites. Here are Motherboard's favorites. I have a related personal story.

National Archive facing huge backlog via The Daily Standard

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Archives FOIA IG News Records Management Risk News Storage Backlog NARA St. Davidson, who represents Ohio's 8th District, and U.S. Deborah Ross, D-North Carolina, and Mike Bost, R-Illinois, this week wrote a letter to President Joe Biden and Archivist of the United States David Ferriero.

Some California Government Records will stay hidden from the Public via Voice of San Diego

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Rejected FOIA requests, drone usage by the SDPD, pension awards, and information from SDSU are all highlighted in this article. Business FOIA IG News California Drone San Diego SDPD SDSU

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Military Cryptanalytics, Part III

Schneier on Security

The cover page says that the initial FOIA request was made in July 2012: eight and a half years ago. Uncategorized cryptanalysis FOIA history of cryptography military NSAThe NSA has just declassified and released a redacted version of Military Cryptanalytics , Part III, by Lambros D.

Chicago spends millions keeping public records secret via CRAIN’S Chicago Business

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FOIA IG News 2021 Alexander Shur Better Government Association ChicagoCity leaders paid big legal fees to withhold information, a Better Government investigation shows, thwarting a decade-old state reform measure to give citizens more power to shake loose government documents.

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The Consequences of Underfunded Records Management via IDM

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Clearview AI has billions of our photos. Its entire client list was just stolen via CNN

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AI Breach Business Cloud Disaster Recovery FOIA information privacy information security Security Clearview AI Cyber Attack Data Breach Images RiskRead about this significant breach on images here. The post Clearview AI has billions of our photos.

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Cape Cod Municipality Turns Paperwork into Digital Records per The Sandwich Enterprise

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Business FOIA IG News Information Governance Records Management Scanning digitization permanent records SandwichMunicipalities in 2020 continue to focus on going digital and removing file cabinets. Check out the article here.

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Public still battling Office of the Baltimore City State’s Attorney for records via FOX45

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FOIA Record Retention Records Management Baltimore Fox45 Mosby Public RecordsInteresting article posted by FOX45 on journalists being asked for thousands of dollars for public records. The post Public still battling Office of the Baltimore City State’s Attorney for records via FOX45 appeared first on IG GURU.

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MER Publishes Conference Agenda

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MER Conference Agenda PDF. The post MER Publishes Conference Agenda appeared first on IG GURU.

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Professor Daniel J. Solove provides a valuable Newletter on Privacy + Security

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A million allegedly ‘deleted’ court records spark spat between university, government agency via El Paso Times

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Judge fines Missouri agency $12K for violating public records law with ‘secret plan’ via The Kansas City Star

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Police Surveillance Tools from Special Services Group

Schneier on Security

Motherboard received the brochure as part of a FOIA request to the Irvine Police Department in California. cameras eavesdropping foia police privacy surveillance

UK Information Tribunal Rules Properly Anonymized Personal Data Can Be Disclosed Under FOIA

Hunton Privacy

The UK’s FOIA was introduced and applicable to most of the UK in 2000, with equivalent law following for Scotland in 2002. Under the law, a government authority is not required to provide information requested under FOIA if it is “personal data” and its disclosure would breach UK data privacy principles. Accordingly, anonymized data has retained its status as “personal data,” that is not subject to disclosure under the UK FOIA.

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Atlanta unveils new policy to improve compliance with open records law via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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FOIA IG News Information Governance Records Management Atlanta RecordsEighteen months after the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News filed a formal Attorney General complaint alleging repeated violations of the state’s open records law, the city of Atlanta has a formal policy instructing employees and officials on how to respond to public records request.

Palantir's Surveillance Service for Law Enforcement

Schneier on Security

datacollection foia lawenforcement nsa police privacy surveillanceMotherboard got its hands on Palantir's Gotham user's manual, which is used by the police to get information on people: The Palantir user guide shows that police can start with almost no information about a person of interest and instantly know extremely intimate details about their lives.

3 Tips to Ensure Open Records Compliance

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records management Content Governance Open Record laws FOIA Sunshine LawsThere has been a spotlight on the Kansas Open Records Act (KORA) in the media lately, largely due to recent violations. Under KORA, any individual can request public records from government bodies. If all requested records are not provided within in a specific timeframe, these organizations are subject to significant repercussions. This is merely one example of a ‘ sunshine law ’.

Resignation of Oregon public records advocate stirs doubts via Statesmen Journal

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FOIA IG News Records Management Risk News Ginger McCall Oregon Public Records Advocate ResignsAndrew Selsky, Associated Press Published 1:16 p.m. PT Sept. 13, 2019 Oregon Gov. Kate Brown came to office pledging greater government transparency, and in 2017 pushed the Legislature to create a first-ever public records advocate. Now, the abrupt resignation of advocate Ginger McCall, who accused Brown’s general counsel of undue influence and unethical behavior, has blown up […].

InfoGov World Spring 2019 Magazine Available Now!

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Town destroyed majority of records sought in FOI request for severance costs

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FOIA IG News Information Destruction Information Governance Record Retention Records Management Risk News Storage destruction Retention Management retention schedule townby Chris Daponte ERIN – Town officials here say the municipality has destroyed the majority of records pertaining to an Advertiser freedom of information (FOI) request for severances paid to terminated employees. But they won’t say who destroyed them – or when.