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Melanie Pustay, Director, Office of Information Policy, Justice Dept.

The government's Freedom of Information Act request backlog grew for the second straight year by a lot. But the annual FOIA report from the Justice Department's Office of Information Policy shows that only a few agencies account for both the increase and the 200,000-case backlog. Melanie Pustay, director of the Office of Information Policy at the Justice Department, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the report and how those agencies will dig themselves out of the hole they're in.

Tags: Melanie Pustay , Justice Department , Office of Information Policy , Federal Drive , Tom Temin ,

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 09:22am EDT

New guidance streamlines agency handling of unclassified information

The Information Security Oversight Office of the National Archives and Records Administration has published a new guide to help agencies manage and label unclassified information.

Tags: John Fitzpatrick , NARA , Records management , Federal Drive , Controlled unclassified information , CUI , Michael OConnell , management

Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 05:03pm EDT

Agencies: Record-setting FOIA backlog out of control

Federal agencies are getting better at processing Freedom of Information Act requests. The record-setting backlog is just an anomaly out of their control, the Justice Department says.

Tags: Justice Department , Sean McCalley , Open Government Directive , Sunshine Week , DHS , NARA , Melanie Ann Pustay , Office of Information Policy , Bureau of Administration , Senate Judiciary Committee

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 04:10pm EDT

FOIA backlog almost doubles within a year

The Justice Department said the backlog of Freedom of Information Act requests rose about 70 percent between FY 2013 and 2014, for a total of 160,000. The vast majority of the backlog belongs to less than a third of federal agencies, with 72 agencies posting a backlog of fewer than 100 FOIA requests.

Tags: Justice Department , Open Government Directive , Sunshine Week , DHS , NARA , Sean McCalley

Monday - 05/04/2015, 06:19pm EDT

5 steps for the government to regain trust

The way to better, more trustworthy government is through fixing broken systems and processes, and funding them adequately, says Federal News Radio's Tom Temin in a new commentary.

Tags: Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Digital services , Federal Feedback Button , Improper payments , Veteran Affairs , Technology , trust

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 07:15am EDT

Committee sends bills on porn, FOIA, discrimination to full House

The House Oversight Committee says yes to bills banning porn at federal agencies and making it easier for the public to request and receive government records.

Tags: House Oversight and Goverment Reform Committee , Mark Meadows , elijah cummings , pornography , House , Darrell Issa , employment discrimination , whistleblower , discrimination , legislation , Emily Kopp , Congress

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 10:50am EDT

Matt Rumsey, Director, Advisory Committee on Transparency, Sunlight Foundation

The government has started releasing comprehensive indexes of data showing how agencies operate and conduct oversight. That's in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from the Sunlight Foundation. It's been more than a year in the making, and most of the data has never been publicly identified before. Matt Rumsey, the director of the Advisory Committee on Transparency at the Sunlight Foundation, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on just what's in those indexes.

Tags: Matt Rumsey , Sunlight Foundation , transparency , Oversight , Federal Drive , Information sharing

Friday - 03/20/2015, 09:08am EDT

FOIA backlog casts a dark cloud on Sunshine Week

Dan Metcalfe, former director of the Justice Department's Office of Information and Privacy, said agencies aren't clearing FOIA backlogs up to President Barack Obama's standards.

Tags: Daniel Metcalfe , Justice Department , Information sharing , American University , Open Government Directive , OIP , Jory Heckman

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 11:08am EDT

Melanie Pustay, Director, Office of Information Policy, DOJ

The Justice Department wants every federal employee to understand his role when it comes to the Freedom of Information Act. Sunshine Week begins next week, and DOJ is reinforcing the concept through a set of new tools and training. Melanie Pustay, director of the Office of Information Policy in the Justice Department, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller how her office works to ensure there's a broad understanding of every employees' expectations when it comes to FOIA.

Tags: Melanie Pustay , Justice Department , Jason Miller , In Depth

Friday - 03/13/2015, 05:28pm EDT
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