Office of Government Information Services (OGIS)

About Compliance Program


The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) mandates that the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) review agency FOIA policies, procedures and compliance, 5 U.S.C. §§ 552 (h)(2)(A) and 552 (h)(2)(B).

OGIS reviews agency FOIA policies, procedures and compliance by

  • providing Dispute Resolution Skills training to agency FOIA professionals;
  • highlighting agency best practices;
  • reviewing and commenting on proposed agency FOIA regulations;
  • reviewing and suggesting improvements to agency FOIA materials;
  • working with agencies when the Office observes policies and procedures that appear to OGIS to be inconsistent with FOIA law or policy; and
  • reviewing government and non-government reports on FOIA activities and compliance.

OGIS builds on these activities with its agency assessment program in which OGIS reviews agency FOIA programs by

  • Providing agencies with materials to conduct self-assessments
  • Assessing agency FOIA programs by reviewing sources including
    • FOIA request files;
    • FOIA regulations;
    • Internal guidance for processing requests;
    • agency visits; and
    • other supporting documentation.
  • Providing agencies with FOIA compliance reports
  • Assisting agencies in solving their biggest FOIA challenges

As with its mediation services, OGIS reviews agency policies, procedures and compliance with a focus on impartiality and fairness, and as an advocate for the FOIA process.


OGIS Review Methodology