Office of Government Information Services (OGIS)

Richard Huff

Richard L. Huff, as a member of the Senior Executive Service, served as one of two co-directors of the Office of Information and Privacy since the Office's creation in 1982 until his retirement in 2005. He was the official designated by the Attorney General to act on all administrative appeals from denials under the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act of 1974 by Department of Justice components. (The Department averaged over 3000 such administrative appeals each year.) He litigated and supervised FOIA cases at the district and appellate level and has testified before Congress at the subcommittee and committee levels on the implementation of the 1996 Electronic FOIA Amendments and on the interface between the FOIA and the Privacy Act.

While at the Department of Justice he oversaw the development of the “Freedom of Information Act Guide & Privacy Act Overview,” the Department of Justice’s 1100-page treatise that was updated and distributed on paper every other year to more than 22,000 recipients and online to thousands more. He has also published several legal articles, including "A Preliminary Analysis of the Implementation of the Freedom of Information Reform Act," and most recently he co-authored “Freedom of Information Act Access to Personal Information Contained in Government Records: Public Property or Protected Information?”

Mr. Huff came to the Department of Justice in 1976 after serving seven years on active duty in the Army; during his last reserve assignment he was assigned to the Army Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School where he taught FOIA and Privacy Act subjects to military graduate students. He is now a retired colonel in the Army Reserve and an honorary member of the Army Judge Advocate General’s School Faculty.

Since retiring Mr. Huff has made one-, two-, and three-day training presentations for the Departments of Justice, Army, Navy, Commerce, Treasury, Homeland Security, as well as for the EPA, SEC, FDA, and the American Society of Access Professionals and the Graduate School, USA (formerly USDA Graduate School).

Mr. Huff received a B.A. from Stanford, an M.A. from St. Mary's University, a Juris Doctor from Hastings College of the Law, and a Master of Laws from Georgetown University.