OFFICE OF INFORMATION POLICY

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The Office of Information Policy (OIP) was originally established as the Freedom of Information Committee in the Office of Legal Counsel on December 8, 1969, to advise and assist agencies in administering the Freedom of Information Act.  With the expansion of FOIA-related matters during the 1970s, the Department created the Office of Information Law and Policy in 1978 and the functions of the Freedom of Information Committee were integrated into this new office.  In 1981 the Office of Information Law and Policy was made part of the newly formed Office of Legal Policy.  It then merged with the Office of Privacy and Information Appeals and became the Office of Information and Privacy.  The Office of Information and Privacy remained a part of the Office of Legal Policy until May 14, 1993, when Attorney General Janet Reno directed the establishment of OIP as an independent component of the Department of Justice reporting directly to the Associate Attorney General.  The Office was subsequently renamed the Office of Information Policy on August 18, 2008.

The mission of OIP is to provide legal and policy advice to all agencies on administration of the FOIA.  OIP is responsible for encouraging agency compliance with the law and for overseeing agency implementation of it.  Agencies are required by the FOIA to report to the Attorney General each year on their performance in implementing the law. OIP establishes the reporting requirements and conducts assessments of agency progress.  OIP also adjudicates, on behalf of the Department of Justice, administrative appeals brought under the FOIA, processes initial requests made to the Senior Leadership Offices, and handles the defense of certain FOIA litigation cases. 

The major functions of OIP are to:

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