Archivist Appoints New OGIS Director

Please join us in welcoming  OGIS' new Director, James Holzer!
Please join us in welcoming OGIS’ new Director, James Holzer!

Archivist of the United States David Ferriero announced the appointment of James Holzer as the Director of the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) on July 21, 2015, effective August 9. We hope all of you will join us in welcoming Dr. Holzer to the OGIS staff!

Dr. Holzer comes to OGIS from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Privacy Office, where he has served as the Senior Director of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Operations. While at DHS, Dr. Holzer supervised a team of FOIA professionals and served as the senior advisor to DHS’ executive-level leaders on FOIA and the Privacy Act. He also spearheaded a number of initiatives to improve implementation of FOIA across DHS.

Prior to joining the DHS, Dr. Holzer served in the U.S. Air Force for 13 years on active duty. He earned a Doctorate of Management at University of Maryland, University College, and also holds a Master of Human Relations degree from the University of Oklahoma, and a B.S. in Business from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

In announcing the appointment, the Archivist noted, “Dr. Holzer’s experience administering FOIA and his demonstrated commitment to transparency will benefit OGIS, the National Archives, and the American public.”

Dr. Holzer will be OGIS’ second director. Miriam Nisbet, who opened the Office in 2009, retired in late 2014.

Welcome, Dr. Holzer!