Melanie Ann Pustay is the Director of the Office of Information Policy (OIP) of the United States Department of Justice. The Department of Justice is the lead agency responsible for implementation of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) across the federal government. OIP carries out the Department’s statutory responsibility to encourage and oversee agency compliance with the FOIA, providing guidance, training, and counseling services government-wide.

Since becoming Director in 2007, Ms. Pustay has issued policy guidance for agency personnel on a wide range of issues related to implementation of the FOIA, including guidance on the President’s FOIA Memorandum and the Attorney General’s FOIA Guidelines. She develops reporting requirements for agency Chief FOIA Officer Reports and regularly conducts assessments of agency progress. OIP also leads several initiatives to modernize the FOIA throughout the federal government that are part of the Open Government National Action Plans of the United States, including development of a common FOIA regulation, sharing of best practices, and creation of digital training resources. She is the editor-in-chief of the Department of Justice Guide to the Freedom of Information Act, which is a comprehensive legal treatise addressing the FOIA. Ms. Pustay regularly provides lectures on current issues pertaining to the FOIA.

Beginning in 2003 and continuing today, she has worked extensively with government officials in China, Argentina, and Chile, as well as with numerous other countries, and the Organization of American States, to assist those officials in implementing openness-in-government initiatives.

Ms. Pustay has received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for her role in providing legal advice and guidance on records disclosure issues.