Monthly Archives: March 2011

Mediation Services – Say What?

The OPEN Government Act of 2007 amended the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), in part, to create OGIS. In establishing OGIS’s mission, the newly amended FOIA directs OGIS to offer “mediation services” to resolve disputes between FOIA requesters and Federal … Continue reading

Posted in About FOIA, About OGIS, Administative Dispute Resolution Act, Alternative dispute resolution, definitions and concepts, Mediation services, Ombudsman

Sunshine Week 2011: Catching Up With OGIS

Last week – March 14-18 – was Sunshine Week. Did you feel the glow? This annual initiative, which coincides with national FOI Day and James Madison’s birthday (March 16), is designed to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of … Continue reading

Posted in About OGIS, FOIA in the news, OGIS events, Sunshine Week 2011

Announcing: OGIS’s First Report

We are very excited to announce the publication of OGIS’s first report, The First Year: Building Bridges Between FOIA Requesters and Federal Agencies. This publication tells the story of how Director (and first OGIS staff member) Miriam Nisbet stood up … Continue reading

Posted in About OGIS, Alternative dispute resolution, definitions and concepts, OGIS's Reports, Ombudsman, Open Government

Welcome from the Director

This post was written by Miriam Nisbet, former Director of the Office of Government Information Services  Hello and welcome to The FOIA Ombudsman: Information and Advice, the official blog of the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS). We know that’s a … Continue reading

Posted in About FOIA, About OGIS, Message from the Director