Reducing FOIA Litigation Through Targeted ADR Strategies

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Reducing FOIA Litigation Through Targeted ADR Strategies in stage 8. Implementation

Project Stages:

1. Gather ideas - Completed
2. Select ideas - Completed
3. Council approval - Completed
4. Picking a researcher - Completed
5. Committee consideration - Completed
6. Back to the council - Completed
7. Consideration by the full conference - Completed
8. Implementation - Current
Stage:  
8. Implementation

Contacts

Implementation Contact
202.480.2093
dpritzker@acus.gov

Recommendation 2014-1 – Resolving FOIA Disputes Through Targeted ADR Strategies addresses more effective use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) approaches to help resolve disputes arising under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  The OPEN Government Act of 2007 created the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), a part of the National Archives and Records Administration, to assist in the resolution of FOIA disputes through use of mediation and other ADR techniques. The recommendation suggests ways that OGIS can maximize the effectiveness of its resources for this purpose.  The recommendation also suggests steps agencies can take to prevent or resolve FOIA disputes, including cooperating with OGIS and making FOIA staff and requesters aware of OGIS services.  

Final Recommendation

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)[1] makes available to any person, upon request, any reasonably described agency record that is not exempt under nine specified categories.  Congress has stated: “disclosure, not secrecy, is the dominant objective of the Act.”[2]  FOIA provides a two-level agency process for decisions on requests for access to agency records: (1) an initial determination that is ordinarily made by the component...

Project Documents

Name Committee Type Date
Collaborative Governance Committee Minutes 4-7-14 Collaborative Governance Meeting Minutes April 23, 2014 Download
Collaborative Governance Committee Minutes 3-6-14 Collaborative Governance Meeting Minutes March 6, 2014 Download
Morrison Comment Collaborative Governance Member Comment May 15, 2014 Download
Harter Comment (2) Collaborative Governance Member Comment April 6, 2014 Download
Harter Comment Collaborative Governance Member Comment April 4, 2014 Download
Morrison and Zieve Comment Collaborative Governance Member Comment April 4, 2014 Download
OIP's Proposed Language Change Collaborative Governance Public Comment April 24, 2014 Download
Metcalfe Comment Collaborative Governance Public Comment April 6, 2014 Download
CEG et al Comment Collaborative Governance Public Comment April 4, 2014 Download
Ravnitzky Comment Collaborative Governance Public Comment March 5, 2014 Download
Resolving FOIA Disputes Through Targeted ADR Strategies Collaborative Governance Recommendation June 10, 2014 Download
Proposed Amendments to Resolving FOIA Disputes Recommendation Collaborative Governance Recommendation May 27, 2014 Download
Proposed Resolving FOIA Disputes Through Targeted ADR Strategies Recommendation Collaborative Governance Recommendation May 6, 2014 Download
Resolving FOIA Disputes Through Targeted ADR Strategies--Proposed Recommendation for May 6 Council Meeting Collaborative Governance Recommendation April 28, 2014 Download
Resolving FOIA Disputes Through Targeted ADR Strategies - Staff Revision 4.7.2014 Collaborative Governance Recommendation April 4, 2014 Download
Resolving FOIA Disputes Through Targeted ADR Strategies - Public Comment Draft Collaborative Governance Recommendation March 14, 2014 Download
Reducing FOIA Litigation Through Targeted ADR Strategies Draft Recommendation Collaborative Governance Recommendation March 4, 2014 Download
Final Reducing FOIA Litigation Through Targeted ADR Strategies Report Collaborative Governance Report April 28, 2014 Download
Reducing FOIA Litigation Through Targeted ADR Strategies RFP Collaborative Governance RFP April 3, 2013 Download

Committee Meetings & Events

60th Plenary Session

June 5, 2014 - 2:00 pm EDT
June 6, 2014 - 9:00 am EDT
Location name: 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission
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