Category Archives: About OGIS

OGIS is Atwitter—and on Twitter

We have some exciting news to share: on Monday, September 14 we will officially launch our Twitter feed. If you can’t wait till Monday, please feel free to go ahead and follow @FOIA_Ombuds. To celebrate, we will host a lunchtime … Continue reading

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OGIS Case Closure Letters Available on our Website

One of the most common questions that we receive about OGIS’s work is:  “What kinds of FOIA disputes do you see?” If you are interested in learning more about our cases, check out the case closure letters posted on our website. … Continue reading

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Meet OGIS’s New Director, James Holzer

How about we start off by asking you to tell us a little about yourself? Most importantly, I’m a family man. I have three kids and a wonderful wife. I’m originally from California and lived a number of places during … Continue reading

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Archivist Appoints New OGIS Director

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 … Continue reading

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OGIS Acting Director Testifies before Senate Judiciary Committee

OGIS’s Acting Director, Nikki Gramian, took a turn in the big chair before the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 6 to update the panel on OGIS’s activities over the last year.  The hearing also included testimony from Director of the … Continue reading

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Thinking globally

Thirty-three information commissioners—a.k.a freedom of information ombudsmen—from 25 countries gathered April 21-23 for the 9th International Conference of Information Commissioners to discuss transparency issues and share successes and challenges. It was a great honor to represent OGIS at the conference, … Continue reading

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OGIS Releases Second Agency Assessment

We’re pleased to release our second assessment of an agency FOIA program:  the National Archives and Records Administration’s (NARA) Special Access and FOIA unit. Regular readers will recall that we launched our agency assessment program last year to help us … Continue reading

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Announcing OGIS’s FY 2014 Report!

Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 is shaping up to be a busy one for OGIS, just as FY 2014 was. Want to learn more about OGIS’s FY 2014? Check out our annual report: Building a Bridge Between FOIA Requesters & Federal … Continue reading

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You Can Help Keep a FOIA Request Out of Court

Since OGIS opened in 2009, we’ve worked to improve the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) process by providing mediation services and training to help agency FOIA professionals develop skills to communicate productively with requesters. We frequently see our efforts paying … Continue reading

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Sunshine Week 2015

With wintry weather events closing federal offices closing practically across the country, it might be easy to miss that Sunshine Week 2015 is almost upon us. We hope you all will join our friends and colleagues inside and outside government … Continue reading

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