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Sean Moulton, Center for Effective Government

Fifteen agencies receive the bulk of Freedom of Information Act Requests each year. In fact, they account for 90 percent of requests made to the federal government over the last two years. The Center for Effective Government has evaluated their performance in three areas: The agency's FOIA rules, its FOIA website, and how quickly and completely it handles FOIA requests. Sean Moulton is director of open government policy at the Center for Effective Government. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review the 2015 Access to Information Scorecard.

Tags: Sean Moulton , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Center for Effective Government

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 09:32am EDT
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Agencies fail to make the grade on FOIA requests

The agencies that account for 90 percent of Freedom of Information Act requests received by the federal government continue to struggle in processing those requests in a timely manner, according to a new report from the Center for Effective Government.

Tags: Center for Effective Government , Records management , Information sharing , transparency , Oversight , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 02:01am EDT
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Lawmakers' latest FOIA reform effort would strengthen governmentwide ombudsman

This year's attempt to overhaul the the Freedom of Information Act would give the Office of Government Information Services the independence to report directly to Congress on FOIA issues. Without that, OGIS is 'neither an independent watchdog or overseer,' according to its just-retired director.

Tags: Congress , NARA , Office of Government Information Services , Sunshine in Government Initiative , Rick Blum , Frederick Sadler , Darrell Issa , Jared Serbu , Miriam Nisbet

Monday - 03/02/2015, 06:41am EST

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

When Congress updated federal open government laws in 2007, it created a new ombudsman designed to serve as an honest broker between Freedom of Information Act requestors and federal agencies. But unlike most other ombudsmen, this one works for one of the parties in the disputes it's supposed to mediate. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, new legislation would change that by making the Office of Government Information Services truly independent from the executive branch.

Tags: Jared Serbu , OGIS , In Depth

Friday - 02/27/2015, 05:21pm EST
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Sean Vitka, Federal Policy Manager, Sunlight Foundation

The federal government has agreed to release one of the largest indexes of government data in the world. The Office of Management and Budget will fulfill a Freedom of Information Act request filed last December by the Sunlight Foundation. Sean Vitka, a federal policy manager at the Sunlight Foundation, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what that data will cover.

Tags: Sean Vitka , Sunlight Foundation , Federal Drive

Friday - 02/13/2015, 09:12am EST
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Senate bill aims to strengthen Freedom of Information Act

A Senate committee has approved legislation to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act.

Tags: Congress , Senate , Freedom of Information Act , Office of Government Information Services , Chuck Grassley , John Cornyn , Senate Judiciary Committee

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 07:00pm EST
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