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Obama administration looks to standardize agencies' FOIA regulations

Amid a Congressional push to add new teeth to the 1966 Freedom of Information Act, federal officials insist they are taking steps on their own to make sure agencies release information to the public. Among the efforts is a move to standardize agency rules around FOIA and create a single Web portal for FOIA requests.

Tags: Freedom of Information Act , Congress , Miriam Nisbet , Amy Bennett , Daniel Metcalfe , FOIA Act , Jared Serbu , information sharing

Wednesday - 03/12/2014, 11:29am EDT
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FOIA backlog grows even as agencies process more requests

Agencies dedicated more money and personnel to FOIA processing in 2011, but requests grew even faster.

Tags: FOIA , DoJ , open government , NARA , DHS , DoD , Jared Serbu

Monday - 09/10/2012, 05:32am EDT

Federal Drive interviews -- Aug. 15

Melanie Pustay of the Justice Department discusses FOIA requests. Tim Burke talks about GSA's City Pairs Program. Booz Allen Hamilton's Michael Isman reviews the benefits of BYOD. The Hill's Jeremy Herb offers his take on the Republicans' vice presidential candidate.

Tags: Justice Department , FOIA , Tim Burke , GSA , City Pairs , Jeremy Herb , The Hill , Michael Isman , Booz Allen Hamilton , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 08/15/2012, 09:20am EDT

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 , FOIA , Senate Judiciary Committee , Patrick Leahy , Charles Grassley , Paul Rosenzweig , Jerry Ensminger , 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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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: DoJ , FOIA , open government , Federal Drive , technology

Friday - 02/24/2012, 09:19am EST
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DoJ eases agencies' FOIA filing process

Federal Agencies submitted their 2011 FOIA reports earlier this month, and all that information goes up on your agency's website and at FOIA.gov by Feb. 1.

Tags: FOIA , FOIA.gov , DoJ , Federal Drive , information sharing , technology

Monday - 12/19/2011, 10:29am EST
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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 , FOIA , 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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FOIA.gov incentivizes agency disclosure

The Justice Department has launched a new website that shines light on your agency's performance under the Freedom of Information Act.

Tags: FOIA , transparency , FOIA.gov , openness , technology , Dorobek Insider , John Buckner

Tuesday - 03/22/2011, 04:00pm EDT
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Progress in Federal FOIA requests, but room for improvement

Agencies are meeting the White House's mandate to be more open and transparent when it comes to releasing documents and meeting Freedom of Information Act requests.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Jason Miller , Justice , management , FOIA

Tuesday - 08/03/2010, 06:51pm EDT
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Agencies opening up slowly under FOIA mandate

The Justice Department's new report finds that the number of partial documents released last year increased by 50,000. Many agencies also reduced their backlog of FOIA requests. Agencies say some of improvements can be attributed to increased attention across the government and better technology.

Tags: management , technology , DoJ , DHS , Interior , SBA , IRS , Commerce , Institute of Museum and Library Services , FOIA , openness , transparency , Web 2.0 , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 08/03/2010, 06:55am EDT
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