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ASAP Announces 2015 Board of Directors
On behalf of the ASAP Nominating Committee (Chair Anne Weismann, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington; Cindy Allard, Department of Defense; Harry Hammitt, Access Reports, Inc.; Dawn Kral, Office of Special Counsel and Patrice McDermott, Openthegovernment.org), we thank those of you who voted in the Board of Directors elections. We received over a 12% response which is a very good return ... read more

Records Management Training Rescheduled for February 26, 2015
Regrettably, the Continuing Resolution has had a negative impact on registrations for the December 11 Records Management training. With the budget uncertainty, and possible government shutdown due to lack of funding very few agencies are willing to promise training outlays. The good news is that we rescheduled the training for February 26, 2015 at the McGowan Theater, National Archives. All persons already registered for the program, are automatically registered for the February 26 program.

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.

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

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