Q&A with OGIS’s New Director, Alina M. Semo

1)     Please tell us a little about yourself. I am the product of parents who emigrated to the United States to avoid continued religious, artistic and professional persecution at the hands of the Communist Romanian regime.  In direct and indirect ways, the influences of my father, who made his living in classical music as a … Continue reading Q&A with OGIS’s New Director, Alina M. Semo

New Year’s Message from the FOIA Ombudsman

“Change” was 2015’s word of the year for the FOIA Ombudsman. In a year of great change for OGIS, I may have been the most obvious one: I took over as the office’s second Director in August 2015. When I accepted the job, I knew that as the FOIA Ombudsman I could have a much … Continue reading New Year’s Message from the FOIA Ombudsman

Talking FOIA in a Land Down Under

Note: This year’s International Right to Know Day is September 28, 2012. OGIS Director Miriam Nisbet marks the day with the following post about a recent meeting with right-to-know advocates from around the globe. Last month, I had the opportunity to participate in several events Down Under, where the talk was all about access to … Continue reading Talking FOIA in a Land Down Under

Improving FOIA

The following post is from OGIS Director Miriam Nisbet: The Freedom of Information Act directs OGIS to recommend “policy changes to Congress and the President to improve the administration” of FOIA. Since late 2009 when OGIS opened as part of the National Archives and Records Administration, the Office has looked for and shared ways to … Continue reading Improving FOIA

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 mouthful, so please call us FOIA Ombudsman for short.  We’re so glad you’re here! OGIS … Continue reading Welcome from the Director