Karen Finnegan is Deputy Director of the newly-created Office of Government Information Services (OGIS). The mission of OGIS is to serve as the government-wide FOIA Ombudsman, to review agency compliance with the FOIA, to recommend policy changes to Congress and the President, and to provide mediation services. Prior to serving in this position, Ms. Finnegan served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney assigned to the FOIA Staff of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA) where she represented the government in FOIA lawsuits filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Ms. Finnegan also served as EOUSA’s Privacy Act Officer. Prior to serving in this capacity, Ms. Finnegan was the Chief, FOIA/PA Branch, Office of Freedom of Information, in the Department of Defense. In this capacity, Ms. Finnegan supervised the processing of FOIA and Privacy Act requests seeking access to records maintained by the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Staff. Ms. Finnegan has also served as an Assistant General Counsel in the FOIA Litigation Unit, the Office of the General Counsel, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) where she represented the FBI in FOIA lawsuits that were filed in United States District Courts nationwide. Ms. Finnegan has also served as an Attorney Advisor with the Office of Information Policy (OIP) in the Department of Justice. Ms. Finnegan is currently serving as the Treasurer of the American Society of Access Professionals ("ASAP"), and has served as its President in 2007 and as its Treasurer in 2002, 2003 and 2004. Ms. Finnegan also serves as an instructor in various OGIS, ASAP, and Department of Justice training programs.