National Freedom of Information Coalition
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OGIS founder Miriam Nisbet heads for the exits

A plum job is opening up soon at the National Archives. The director of the Office of Government Information Services is charged with implementing dispute resolution in the Freedom of Information Act process and reviewing agency policy procedures and compliance with the open government law. The job ranges across the federal government, and comes with a small staff and a corner office on North Capitol Street that would have a commanding view of the Capitol Dome, were it not for the imposing and inconveniently situated headquarters of the Government Printing Office across the street.

Miriam Nisbet has led OGIS for all five years of its existence. She's retiring from federal service at the end of November, after working as an information policy attorney for the National Archive, with stints at the American Library Association and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Standing up the OGIS, which was mandated in a 2007 FOIA update, was a signal achievement. Continue>>>