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Users testify improvement needed for FOIA

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.

Tags: management , Melanie Pustay , Miriam Nisbet , OGIS , National Archives , Larry Gottesman , EPA , David Sobel , David Cullier , Tom Fitton , Max Cacas

Friday - 03/19/2010, 01:05pm EDT
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Leahy speech opens Sunshine in Government week

FOIA "the power cord that connects the American people to their government."

Tags: newsstand , Patrick Leahy , American University , John Cornyn , Freedom of Information Act , Congress , Senate , Barack Obama

Tuesday - 03/17/2009, 07:22am EDT
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OGIS: New FOIA dispute agency begins to grow

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.

Tags: management , Office of Government Information Services , Miriam Nisbet , NARA , Max Cacas

Friday - 01/15/2010, 06:35am EST
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Obama seeks more public input on open gov plan

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.

Tags: technology , Barack Obama , UN , open government partnership , Emily Kopp , transparency , open government , Regulations.gov

Tuesday - 09/20/2011, 06:15pm EDT

How agencies can meet transparency, FOIA goals

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.

Tags: Tom Blanton , National Security Archive , transparency , openness , Sunshine Week , Barack Obama , Dorobek Insider

Tuesday - 03/15/2011, 04:58pm EDT
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SEC FOIA loophole tightens

Legislation has been introduced in the Senate that would strike a section of the recently enacted financial regulation law that exempted the Securities and Exchange Commission from the Freedom of Information Act. On the Money blogger Silla Brush explains.

Tags: Federal Drive , SEC , The Hill , On the Money , Silla Brush

Wednesday - 09/01/2010, 09:31am EDT
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FOIA Information

Tags: tech , mngt , FBI , National Security Archives , David Hardy

Friday - 03/20/2009, 09:28am EDT
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DHS Evading FOIA Process or not?

The Associated Press says it's obtained a thousand emails showing DHS sent FOIA requests to senior political advisers who turned scoured them for information about the requesters and delaying disclosures deemed too politically sensitive. DHS spokesman Sean Smith says, they were just giving senior leadership visibility into FOIA releases to enable the Department to be as responsive as possible. FOIA's are designed to be insulated from political considerations. AP says DHS stopped the practice after their investigation.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , pentagon , DHS , Sean Smith , J.J. Green

Thursday - 07/22/2010, 12:03pm EDT
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