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Congress balances openness with cyber protection

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 , 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

Thursday - 03/15/2012, 05:39am EDT
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Group cites DoJ FOIA policy as reason for anti-transparency 'award'

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.

Tags: DoJ , National Security Archive , Nate Jones , In Depth , Francis Rose

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 07:32pm EDT
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Justice backs new category of secret gov't files

The Obama administration urged Congress on Tuesday to keep secret a whole new category of information even under the Freedom of Information Act.

Tags: Barack Obama , Cybersecurity , Justice Department , Melanie Ann Pustay , Michael Froman , Open government , Technology

Tuesday - 03/13/2012, 06:41pm EDT

Senate Judiciary Committee considers FOIA exemptions for critical infrastructure

The Senate is looking for balance between protecting networks and creating open government.

Tags: Cybersecurity , Technology , Senate Judiciary Committee , Federal Drive ,

Tuesday - 03/13/2012, 10:36am EDT

3 Justice offices will post information requests

Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department will begin posting monthly lists of Freedom of Information Act requests to the department's three highest offices.

Tags: Eric Holder , Justice Department ,

Monday - 03/12/2012, 07:12pm EDT

DoJ reduces FOIA backlog by 26 percent

The Department of Justice has decreased its backlog of Freedom of Information Act requests and processed a record number of requests.

Tags: Melanie Pustay , DoJ , Open government , Federal Drive , Technology

Friday - 02/24/2012, 09:19am EST
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Justice Dept gets `award' for worst secrecy work

A group dedicated to reducing government secrecy gave its annual worst performance award Tuesday to the Justice Department.

Tags: National Security Archive , Justice Department , CIA , Rosemary Award ,

Tuesday - 02/14/2012, 07:32pm EST

OGIS website helps streamline FOIA process, resolve disputes

National Archives and Records Administration recently launched the OGIS Access System to streamline and increase transparency of the FOIA process.

Tags: OGIS , NARA , Candace Boston , good government , best practices , management

Tuesday - 01/31/2012, 09:39am EST
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VA improves FOIA process after data breach

Department is calling for better internal communication to ensure records managers are on the same page. VA will offer credit monitoring to more than 2,000 veterans.

Tags: Technology , Cybersecurity , Roger Baker , VA , management , Jason Miller , Ancestry.com

Monday - 01/30/2012, 05:48am EST
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Agencies demo one-stop FOIA portal

Federal employees who respond to Freedom of Information Act requests got their first look today at a new web portal designed to improve efficiency and transparency. The Environmental Protection Agency, the Commerce Department and the National Archives and Records Administration are basing the portal on Regulations.gov.

Tags: Regulations.gov , transparency , open gov , Miriam Nisbet , EPA , Commerce , OMB Watch , Gavin Baker , Technology , Gov 2.0 , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 01/12/2012, 03:47pm EST
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