FOIA Improvement Act of 2016

President Barack Obama signed into law the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 last week. This law codifies many of the Administration’s openness policies and initiatives into the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and advances open government. It also highlights the importance of NARA’s Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) to the FOIA process. Follow OGIS’s … Continue reading FOIA Improvement Act of 2016

Open Government: 2015 Senior Agency Official (SAO) Reports

This week is Sunshine Week - the time of year when we celebrate openness and transparency in the Government. Towards that goal, NARA has committed to  posting the 2015 Senior Agency Official for Records Management (SAO) reports online. It is our expectation that we will have every agency’s report available on our web site. On a related … Continue reading Open Government: 2015 Senior Agency Official (SAO) Reports

Open Government National Action Plan 3.0

The White House announced the release of the Third Open Government National Action Plan for the United States of America  earlier this week. The release of the Plan was timed to coincide with the Open Government Partnership (OGP) global summit taking place in Mexico City. You may recall that earlier this year, a call went out for public … Continue reading Open Government National Action Plan 3.0

Open Government Plan 2014-2016

Last Friday, the Archivist of the United States blogged the announcement of the release of our newest Open Goverment plan in the post, “Innovate to Make Access Happen.” You can access the agency’s newest Open Government Plan in PDF, Word, and at Archives.gov/open. We also wrote about the plan in more detail on our Narations blog.  For our … Continue reading Open Government Plan 2014-2016

Reminder: Public Meeting about Presidential Memorandum

Just a reminder that next week, we will be holding a meeting to solicit comments from the public on the Presidential Memorandum: Managing Government Records. Comments and suggestions that we receive during this meeting will help inform the Records Management Directive that will be issued later this year. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 27 from … Continue reading Reminder: Public Meeting about Presidential Memorandum

OPM Releases Position Classification

On Friday, March 9, 2012, as part of the Obama Administration’s ongoing Open Government activities and their support of Sunshine Week (March 11th through 17th), the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released the Final Position Classification Flysheet for a new job series called the Government Information Series, 0306.  This job series covers work involved in … Continue reading OPM Releases Position Classification

Public Meeting About Presidential Memorandum

As published in the Federal Register last Thursday, we will be holding a public meeting on March 27 to solicit comments from the public on the Presidential Memorandum: Managing Government Records. Comments and suggestions that we receive will help inform the Records Management Directive that will be issued later this year. This meeting is primarily … Continue reading Public Meeting About Presidential Memorandum

Launching IdeaScale for Presidential Memorandum

We are happy to announce the start of our public information gathering related to the Presidential Memorandum on Managing Government Records. We will be using the IdeaScale tool for this. Records and information management professionals, vendors, and the general public are all invited to participate in this community. We have set up the Managing Government … Continue reading Launching IdeaScale for Presidential Memorandum