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Alina M. Semo Appointed Director of the Office of Government Information Services

NARA Press Release, November 23, 2016

Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero today announced the appointment of Alina Semo as the new Director of the National Archives Office of Government Information Services (OGIS). OGIS, an organization established under the OPEN Government Act of 2007, provides policy guidance and mediation services for Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) activities government-wide.

Ms. Semo has served as Director of Litigation in the Office of General Counsel since joining the National Archives in March 2014, and has worked closely with the FOIA team and other National Archives offices to respond to FOIA requests and appeals.  She has provided frequent legal advice to ensure consistent agency responses, and helped rewrite the National Archives’ FOIA regulations. She also provided legal guidance and support to OGIS on administrative and mediation processes, and on issues involving the FOIA Advisory Committee.

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