Its a rather slow time of year for FOIA news (outside of the splashy items of a partisan nature). Here's a roundup of some smaller FOIA items.
FOIA Hall of Fame Nominees sought: The Newseum Institute is seeking nominations for inductions to the 2016 class of the National Freedom of Information Hall of Fame, which honors those who have made significant contributions to developing, protecting and expanding access to government information. Nominations will be accepted until January 23, 2016 and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations are to include a statement of qualifications and links to supporting information, data or reports. Also the name, email and telephone contact information for both the nominee and the nominated should be included. The nominees will be honored at National FOI Day on March 11.
According to enewspf, Senator Ron Wyden (D-Or) is questioning the FBI's new policy demanding that requesters provide ID's before they will process requests submitted electronically. Hopefully, Congressional Oversight will get the FBI Director to pay attention to his FOIA Office and get them to correct this policy.
Josh Gerstein of Politico has this on the State Department's staffing levels. State has started to hire more FOIA analysts, unfortunately they are looking for ex-State employees rather than skilled FOIA professionals who could make immediate dents into the agency's FOIA backlogs.