June 10, 2009

Update: FOIA Ombuds Appointed

The National Archives and Records Administration has appointed Miriam Nisbet as the director of the new Office of Government Information Services. The position has dubbed by many open government advocates, the Freedom of Information Act Ombuds. Since 2007, Nisbet has headed the Information Society Division of UNESCO. As an attorney, Nisbet served as Legislative Counsel at the American Library Association from 1999 to 2007 and also worked at NARA from 1993 to 1999 where she first occupied the post of Special Assistant to the Archivist of the US and then Special Counsel for Information Policy. Rick Blum, the director of the Sunshine in Government Initiative, praised the appointment. (OMB Watch; Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Blog; UNESCO Bio.)

Prior posts: House Panel Approves Bill That Would Create Federal FOIA Ombuds; Are Ombuds the Solution to FOIA Disputes?; Bill to Create FOIA Ombuds Goes to President; Bush Defunds FOIA Ombuds Program; Federal FOIA Ombuds Office Remains in Limbo; Media Coalition Calls on Obama to Revive FOIA Ombuds Office; Job Posting: National Archives Hiring FOIA Ombuds.

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