We Make Access Happen: FOIA Q&A with OGIS Director Alina M. Semo | National Archives
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"Sunshine Week (March 12-18) marks the moment every year when researchers, journalists, non-profit groups, and the people who make access to federal records happen spread the word about the importance of open access to public information.
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which provides a right of access to federal records, is an important tool for viewing government information.
When Congress amended the FOIA in 2007, it created the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), which is part of the National Archives.
This part of the agency is tasked with reviewing FOIA policies, procedures, and compliance across federal agencies, and also with resolving FOIA disputes between federal agencies and requesters.
OGIS Director Alina M. Semo shares with National Archives News why Sunshine Week is important at the National Archives, what FOIA is, and how the National Archives makes access happen in light of so many requests for information...."