Magazine article Information Management

NARA Announces New FOIA Ombudsman

Magazine article Information Management

NARA Announces New FOIA Ombudsman

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Alina Semo, the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration's (NARA) director of litigation in the Office of General Counsel, has been tapped as the new director of the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), which oversees Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) activities across government.

OGIS was created under the OPEN Government Act of 2007 to serve as an ombudsman between FOIA requesters and federal agencies. The OGIS director's responsibilities include leading the FOIA Advisory Committee, reviewing and providing policy guidance for agencies, ensuring open government law compliance, and mediating disputes between requesters and agencies, according to INFORMATION SERVICES FCW.com.

Additionally, the OGIS director is authorized to issue advisory opinions in the event of an unresolved dispute and collaborates with Congress and the president to improve FOIA implementation.

FCW.com said Semo brings 25 years of federal litigation experience to the role. …

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