training & education programs

"Food for Thought" Training

May 1, 2018 — Lafayette Conference Center in Washington, D.C.
Course #1307

Consensus Ideas for Improving the Administration of FOIA

Over the last two years, the dedicated FOIA professionals and nongovernment representatives on the FOIA Advisory Committee have worked together to identify some of the greatest challenges in the administration of FOIA, and to find common ground on ways to improve the process. On April 17th, the Committee approved its Final Report and Recommendations to the Archivist of the United States, which includes specific actions for the Archivist to take to address FOIA search technology, FOIA and accessibility, and FOIA performance standards and an extensive set of best practices to improve implementation.

Join us on May 1 for a special luncheon in ASAP's new headquarters to learn more about the Committee, and hear from some of its members. To discuss the Committee's functions, we will be joined by Amy Bennett of the Office of Government Information Services, who serves as the Committee's Designated Federal Officer. Tom Susman, a nongovernment member of the Committee, and Sarah Kotler of the Food and Drug Administration, will delve into the details of the Committee's recommendations, providing perspective and rationale, and then open the discussion for audience questions. We are also pleased that Committee Chair Alina Semo will be on hand.

We are trying something new! In response to your requests, we have endeavored to find a more affordable venue. ASAP recently moved its offices to the Lafayette Center at 1120 20th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. where we have the benefit of using the conference center for a nominal fee. This is exciting as it allows us to pass the savings onto you!

TIME: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM — A light lunch will be provided along with iced tea and water.
The presentation begins at 12:35 pm.

WHERE: Lafayette Center - 1120 20th Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. BUILDING 1 SOUTH, Lower Level. The Lafayette Center is a complex of three brick buildings and is on 20th Street, between L and M Streets. There is also access from 21st Street. The closest Metro stops are on the Red Line, either DuPont Circle (walk south west) or Farragut North (exit at L & Connecticut Streets, walk west to 20th Street and take a right. Our buildings are also accessible via the D6 bus. To plan your trip click here!

Where can I find convenient parking? — If you would like to drive, there are quite a few garages very near the site. The Lafayette Center Parking garage is $9 an hour. Additional details on the Lafayette Center garage are available here.

COST: Registration/Tuition Fees are for the Training Event (A light lunch is provided, courtesy of ASAP.

  • PRIOR to 12 pm on April 26: ASAP Members = $15 and Nonmembers = $20
  • AFTER 12 pm on April 26: ASAP Members = $20 and Nonmembers = $25

Registrations after April 26th will be available on a case-by-case basis due to planning puposes and building security.

MENU: We are pleased to be offering you a selection of boxed lunches, and bottled iced tea or water. (If you would like to bring your own food and drink, please do so!)