FOIA Post (2009): Office of Government Information Services Is Now Open

October 21, 2009

FOIA Post

Office of Government Information Services Is Now Open

The Department of Justice welcomes the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) to the federal FOIA community. The Department of Justice is already working with OGIS and that cooperation will bring benefits to those within government as well as to the citizens who seek information about how their government works. The Associate Attorney General recently explained in testimony before Congress that "[a]s the Department works directly with agencies in FOIA litigation, OGIS will be mediating and resolving agency-requester disputes to avoid that litigation. As the Department fulfills its obligation to encourage agency compliance with FOIA's requirements, we look forward to OGIS's reviews of where agency compliance currently stands. Indeed, the Department looks forward to working with OGIS on those compliance reviews, so that the President may provide recommendations to Congress in the future."

To provide agencies with contact information for the new office a description provided by OGIS is set out below.

www.archives.gov/ogis
ogis@nara.gov

miriam.nisbet@nara.gov

(posted 10/21/2009)

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