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The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has given the Obama administration a C- for management under the Freedom of Information Act. Auditors based their grade on transparency work by 17 cabinet-level departments. Auditors evaluated how agencies track and make decisions about FOIA requests, but they did not examine whether agencies are meeting their legal responsibilities.
Lawmakers weigh public's right to know against the need to protect cyber secrets. Sen. Patrick Leahy's (D-Vt.) provision in 2012 Defense authorization bill tightens the definition of "exemptions," but he questions the need for further rules to give agencies power to withhold information.
Tags: Sunshine Week , transparency , open government , Congress , FOIA , Senate Judiciary Committee , Patrick Leahy , Charles Grassley , Paul Rosenzweig , Jerry Ensminger , Melanie Pustay , Kenneth Bunting , National Freedom of Information Coalition , Jared Serbu , DOJ , Barack Obama , White House , Navy , DoD , management
George Washington University's National Security Archive "awarded the Justice Department the award for 2011 last month for its response to Freedom of Information Act requests and the FOIA policies and guidance that it sets for the rest of government. Nate Jones, the FOIA Coordinator at George Washington University's National Security Archive, joined Francis Rose to discuss the dubious honor and government openness.
The Justice Department will begin evaluating managers based, in part, on their adherence to its diversity management plan. It's the latest step in a diversity strategy that began in 2010. The department is advising other agencies on how to diversify their workforces ahead of a March 16 deadline for all agencies to complete diversity and inclusion strategies.
The FBI has identified and charged several key members of the hacker collective Anonymous and at least one member of the loose-knit group has turned FBI informant. Alan Paller, the director of research at the SANS Institute joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the recent cybersecurity developments.
Tony West, the head of the Justice Department's civil division, will become the acting associate attorney general, the No. 3 post at the department.
The Department of Justice has decreased its backlog of Freedom of Information Act requests and processed a record number of requests.
Van Hitch will work in the company's federal practice as an advisor to clients about long-term technology and transformational opportunities.
The Access Board hopes to publish new accessibility standards this fall, known as Section 508, which agencies use to buy tech products. The agency has been working on the standards for six years. But some advocates of disabled employees say the update, while necessary, doesn't address the real problem: lack of enforcement.
Luke McCormack will move to the department from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement directorate at the Homeland Security Department. He takes over for Van Hitch who retired in July.