FOIA Ombudsman Gets $1 Million in New Budget

march 12, 2009  02:06 pm
The budget President Obama just signed includes $1 million for the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), which will mediate disputes over FOIA requests and act as a government-wide ombudsman for FOIA issues. The budget also houses OGIS in the National Archives, not the Department of Justice, where the Bush administration had attempted to place it. "OGIS should help end stalemates and lengthy delays when faced with controversies over disclosure decisions," Rick Blum, coordinator of the Sunshine in Government Initiative, tells Broadcasting & Cable. "This investment will help agencies strengthen their responses to FOIA requests."