Daniel Metcalfe

Daniel Metcalfe

executive director, Collaboration on Government Secrecy; adjunct professor of law

Area of Expertise:
Access to information; governmental secrecy and transparency; national security classification; state secrets privilege, Homeland Security, open government, "pseudosecrecy"
Additional Information:
Daniel Metcalfe joined the faculty of WCL in 2007 upon retiring from a career in government service that began at the Department of Justice in 1971. After a judicial clerkship and position serving as a Justice Department trial attorney, he was appointed in 1981 to be a founding director of the department’s Office of Information and Privacy. For more than a quarter century, he guided all federal agencies on the government-wide administration of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), directly supervised the defense of more than 500 FOIA and Privacy Act lawsuits in district and appellate courts, and met with representatives of nearly 100 nations and international governing bodies as they considered the development and implementation of their own government transparency laws. He became a career member of the Senior Executive Service in 1984, the youngest Justice Department attorney then and since to hold such a position. He is the author of two recent critiques of the Obama administration's transparency policy implementation published by the American Bar association, entitled "Sunshine Not So Bright: FOIA Implementation Lags Behind" and “From FOIA Service to Lip Service: The Unfortunate Story of White House Visitor Logs.”  Metcalfe is an honorary senior research fellow at University College London, a member of the World Bank's Information Access Appeals Board, and a consultant to the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS).
Foreign Language Fluency:
n/a
Academic Credentials:
BA, State University of New York–Stony Brook; JD, George Washington University
Category:
Crime and Justice, Law-Constitutional Law, National Security and War
Site/Profile:
http://www.wcl.american.edu/faculty/metcalfe/ http://www.wcl.american.edu/lawandgov/cgs/