About the National Archives

Office of Government Information Services - OGIS

Office of Government Information Services (OGIS)

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Established under the OPEN Government Act of 2007, codified at 5 U.S.C. 552(h), the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), reviews Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) activities government-wide and helps to resolve disputes between requesters and agencies.

OGIS Responsibilities

  • Establishes mediation services to resolve disputes between persons making FOIA requests and administrative agencies, and may issue advisory opinions if mediation has not resolved the dispute.

  • Reviews and provides input on policies and procedures of administrative agencies under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), reviews whether the agencies are in compliance with the FOIA, and recommends policy changes to Congress and the President to improve administration of the FOIA.

  • Develops, implements, and manages OGIS programs that will contribute to the effective administration of the FOIA.

  • Issues regulations and internal guidance and/or directives to carry out the requirements of the OGIS.

  • Assesses the impact of legislation, regulations, and management decisions on OGIS programs and make adjustments in operations, policies, and procedures to carry out these external mandates.

  • Provides support to the FOIA Advisory Committee.

NARA's organization is based upon the priorities established in Preserving the Past to Protect the Future, the Strategic Plan of the National Archives and Records Administration.

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