The FOIA ombudsman turns five

Posted: Tuesday November 11, 2014, 3:00 AM>

Halloween is a day to celebrate the ludicrous, so it was also a fine time to discuss the current state of FOIA. This year, it was also an opportunity to look back at the first five years of the federal government's new FOIA ombudsman, the Office of Government Information Services. I had high expectations for OGIS. I thought it would be able to grab reluctant agencies by the ankles, turn them upside-down, and shake them until the records I wanted fell out. I thought it would at least tell me when I'm right. That's not what happened. That doesn't mean OGIS isn't having an impact -- it is. But it's not what I was expecting.