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ASAP issues the Call for Nominations for the 2015 Board ... details

Food for Thought — Oct 23
Like everything else, Section 508 requirements continue to be defined in a changing world. What is 508 compliance? What tools may an agency use to be 508 compliant? What happens when 508 and FOIA requirements intersect? How do we make sure we are producing a 508 compliant FOIA website? ... details

Training in FY 2015 — Where will ASAP hold its' training programs?
The ASAP board will address this issue at its September meeting. However, in the interim you need to plan your budget. Here are a few suggestions to help you through this process.

  1. National Training Conference (NTC) — a three-day program usually held outside of Washington, D.C. in March. For the past two years, we moved this program to the Washington, D.C. area to cut costs. ASAP plans to hold the NTC in 2015, but a site has not been determined. For budgeting purposes, plan on $900 for tuition/registration fees. To be on the safe side, you might want to plug in about $4-600 for a flight and four nights hotel at $200 each night. March - May are the target months for this program.
  2. Training Series — a three-day series of one day programs that can be combined for a savings if attending multiple days. If ASAP elects to hold the NTC in the Washington, D.C. area, the Training Series will NOT be held. For budgeting purposes, plan on $900 for tuition/registration fees. If you are outside of the Washington, D.C. area, you'll need to plug in for a flight from your destination and hotel nights. The current hotel rates for D.C. are $224 per night, but drop to $167 for July/August.
  3. FOIA-Privacy Act Workshop — an intensive two-day program was revived this year, and is geared to those who are new to the FOIA and Privacy Act or those who deal with infrequent requests (or need a refresher). This program has been held in the Midwest in early September most recently in Chicago. This program has also been held in November. For budgeting purposes, plan on $850 for tuition/registration fees. Also plug in for a flight and three nights hotel. The current hotel rate for Chicago is $209 per night for this time frame. This program could be held in a different location.
  4. Other Training — It is likely that ASAP will hold aone-day program dealing with FOIA and/or Privacy in the Washington, D.C. area, probably in December 2014. For budgeting purposes, plan on $500 for tuition/registration fees. If you are outside of the Washington, D.C. area, you might want to plug in about $400-600 for a flight and one-two nights hotel at $200 each night.
  5. Webinars! Webinars! Webinars! — No travel costs and on-demand convenience. ASAP webinars have really taken flight with our Summer Sale. But these webinars are available all year-round at your convenience.

As soon as any new information is available, we will send out a communique and post the information at www.accesspro.org. Questions? Contact us at asap@accesspro.org or 202-712-9054.

ALERT! FOIA Legislation Introduced
On Tuesday, June 24,Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced FOIA legislation, FOIA Improvement Act of 2014. An analysis from the Senator's website can be found at http://www.leahy.senate.gov/download/foia-section-by-section-final. The full text of the legislation can be found at http://www.leahy.senate.gov/download/alb14471.

Summer Sale on Webinars!
School may be out for the summer, but learning never stops. ASAP's on-demand library of high quality webinars is on sale now through August 31. That's right. All webinars are now $20 off their original price. Webinars for members are only $59 each, and for nonmembers, $79 each. At the top of the webpage, hover on Training and Education Programs and you will see a drop down for Webinars. Click on that and you will see detailed information including helpful FAQ's.

Food for Thought — July 10
ASAP's Food for Thought Training Seminar series continues on July 10 at Carmine's in the Penn Quarter. When there is interest from above does it translate into clearance or interference? William H. Holzerland, Esq. from the FDA and Ginger McCall from EPIC will tip toe through the issues. Log on to register or send ASAP an email at asap@accesspro.org. Limited seating — and members got first notification!

ASAP Announces Webinars!
Introduction to the FOIA is an audio webinar recorded by Scott Hodes, Anne Weismann and Dick Huff and provides a basic overview of the Act. NEW BENEFIT! This webinar is complimentary to ASAP members. All others may register for this webinar at the reduced rate of $49.00... details

ASAP Awards its Highest Honors to Miriam Nisbet and to the Public Interest Declassification Board
On May 13, ASAP President Scott Hodes presented Miriam Nisbet with the President's Award for Distinguished Public Service and the Direectors' Award for Superior Public Service to the Public.... details

Update on Federal Employee Travel to Conferences/Training Legislation ... details

ASAP Food For Thought – Another Capacity Crowd! ... details

Important! Good News From ASAP President Scott Hodes - OMB issues guidance on conference attendance. ... details

Position Classification - New Information! OPM has released for implementation the final Position Classification Flysheet for the Government Information Series, 0306. This series covers work involved in establishing, disseminating, or managing Government information, including two distinct functions: administration of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and of the Privacy Act ... details

ASAP Food for Thought Seminar Draws Capacity Audience: The Fun Continues on April 24 ... details

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