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WFED's Max Cacas reports.
The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has defined a "reverse" FOIA action as one in which the "submitter of information -- usually a corporation or other business entity" that has supplied an agency with "data on its policies, operations or products -- seeks to prevent the agency that collected the information from revealing it to a third party in response to the latter's FOIA request." POGO's National Security Investigator, Mandy Smithberger, explains it for us.
Today marks the final day of "Sunshine in Government Week", a time to consider the goals of openness and transparency in government at all levels. Yesterday, a House subcommittee got an update on one of the most important tools in the effort toward government openness: the federal Freedom of Information Act.
FOIA "the power cord that connects the American people to their government."
Dubbed by lawmakers as the "FOIA Ombudsman", the new Office of Government Information Services at the National Archives is supposed to be a government-wide arbitrator when agencies are at loggerheads with members of the public who request information under the Freedom of Information Act. Yesterday, the new director of the OGIS held her first formal briefing with news reporters to discuss progress in setting up the new agency.
President Barack Obama has proposed an open government plan that includes more streamlined responses to FOIA requests, digital record management, a revamped regulations.gov and new measures to promote public participation in government. He presented the plan at a meeting of the international Open Government Partnership in New York.
Not every agency is responding the President's call for transparency - a call that was highlighted in a memorandum signed on President Obama's first day in office.