New Director of Office of Government Information Services Named

Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero recently announced the appointment of Alina Semo as the new Director of the National Archives Office of Government Information Services (OGIS). OGIS, an organization established under the OPEN Government Act of 2007, provides policy guidance and mediation services for Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) activities government-wide.

NCH Intervenes To Preserve History Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center

In July, NCH was made aware by the leadership of the Organization of American Historians (OAH) that the history office at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Johnson Space Center (JSC) was likely to be defunded and closed at the end of the 2016 fiscal year on September 30. One historian in the three-person office had more >

FOIA Reform Act Signed Into Law by President Obama

On June 30, President Obama signed into law the “FOIA Improvement Act of 2016” (PL 114-185). NCH supported the legislation codifying comprehensive reforms to the Freedom of Information Act that increase public access and restore a presumption of openness in the handling of federal records. The law represents the first major improvements to the FOIA in over a more >

Federal Regulation on Controlled Unclassified Information Issued

On September 14, the National Archives issued a final rule, “Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI),” establishing consistent practices and procedures for safeguarding, disseminating, controlling, and marking CUI across Executive Branch departments and agencies. It goes into effect November 13, 2016.

Information Security Oversight Office Releases its Annual Report to the President

The Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) recently released its Report to the President for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015. This annual report covers government agencies’security classification activities, shares cost estimates for these activities, and provides an update on the Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) program.

Senate Confirms Dr. Carla Hayden as Librarian of Congress

On July 13, the United States Senate by a vote of 74-18 confirmed Dr. Carla D. Hayden, chief executive of the Enoch Pratt Free Library system in Baltimore, as the 14th Librarian of Congress, for a renewable 10-year term.

Oppose Cuts to Federal Funding for International Education

House and Senate Appropriations Committees are in the process of finalizing fiscal year (FY) 2017 Department of Education funding bills. Unfortunately, severe cuts to Title VI/Fulbright-Hays international education programs are on the table.

National Archives Seeks Nominees for FOIA Advisory Committee

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) recently announced it is seeking nominees to serve on its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee. The Committee’s purpose is to advise NARA on improvements to the FOIA and to study the current FOIA landscape across the executive branch.