DOJ’s Office of Information Policy Opens Nominations for Sunshine Week FOIA Awards, Recognizing Government Professionals

DOJ’s Office of Information Policy Opens Nominations for Sunshine Week FOIA Awards, Recognizing Government Professionals

The Department of Justice, Office of Information Policy (OIP), is pleased to extend the deadline for nominations to the 2024 Sunshine Week FOIA Awards.

This annual event aims to acknowledge the outstanding contributions of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) professionals across various government agencies.

Celebrating FOIA Excellence: Categories and Nominations

In alignment with the FOIA Guidelines issued by the Attorney General in March 2022, the awards seek to recognize exceptional service, advancements in IT, contributions by new employees, proactive disclosure of information, and lifetime service.

Nominations can be submitted by agencies or members of the public.

Deadline Extension: New Opportunity for Recognition

The deadline for nominations has been extended until Friday, February 16, 2024.

This extension provides additional time for agencies and individuals to submit nominations, ensuring a comprehensive acknowledgment of FOIA professionals’ achievements.

Sunshine Week Recognition: Awards Ceremony on March 11th

Awardees will be formally recognized during the Department’s 2024 Sunshine Week event scheduled for March 11th.

This celebration serves as an opportunity to honor and highlight the essential role played by FOIA professionals in the effective administration of the FOIA.

Submission Guidelines: Eligibility and Criteria

All agency personnel involved in FOIA administration, including Government Information Specialists, FOIA attorneys, and administrative specialists, are eligible for the awards.

Nominations should be submitted by the agency’s principal FOIA contact or Chief FOIA Officer.

Detailed Nominations: Components and Requirements

Nominations must include detailed information such as the nominee’s full name, title, agency, and contact details.

Additionally, nominators should specify the award category, provide a concise summary of the nominee’s accomplishments, and include a brief abstract outlining the individual or team’s contributions.

Submission Process: Sending Nominations to OIP

To submit nominations, agencies or individuals should send the required information to with the subject line “2024 Sunshine Week FOIA Award Nomination” by the extended deadline of February 16, 2024.

Award Categories: Recognizing Excellence in FOIA Administration

The awards cover various categories, including Exceptional Service by a FOIA Professional or Team, Outstanding Contributions by a New Employee, Advancements in IT, Proactive Disclosure of Information, and the Lifetime Service Award.

Each category aims to highlight specific aspects of FOIA excellence.

Conclusion: Acknowledging Dedication and Excellence

As the deadline extension offers a new opportunity for recognition, the 2024 Sunshine Week FOIA Awards anticipate celebrating the dedication and excellence of FOIA professionals.

The extended timeline allows for a comprehensive acknowledgment of individuals and teams contributing to the success of FOIA administration across government agencies.**

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