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Melanie Pustay, Director, Office of Information Policy, DOJ

The Justice Department wants every federal employee to understand his role when it comes to the Freedom of Information Act. Sunshine Week begins next week, and DOJ is reinforcing the concept through a set of new tools and training. Melanie Pustay, director of the Office of Information Policy in the Justice Department, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller how her office works to ensure there's a broad understanding of every employees' expectations when it comes to FOIA.

Tags: Justice Department , FOIA , Jason Miller , In Depth

Friday - 03/13/2015, 05:28pm EDT
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New DoJ training reinforces the shared responsibility of FOIA

Melanie Pustay, the director of the Office of Information Policy in the Justice Department, said the tools and e-learning modules are focused on everyone from new employees to senior executives. DoJ rolled out the new education concepts ahead of Sunshine Week, which promotes open government.

Tags: management , Justice Department , FOIA , Sunshine Week , Open government , training , Center for Effective Government , Jason Miller

Friday - 03/13/2015, 03:44am EDT
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Melanie Pustay, Director, Office of Information Policy, Justice Dept.

The Justice Department wants federal employees to understand their responsibilities when it comes to the Freedom of Information Act. As Sunshine Week is set to begin next week, DoJ is reinforcing that concept through a set of new instructions and training. Melanie Pustay is the director of the Office of Information Policy in the Justice Department. She tells executive editor Jason Miller about what she's doing to broaden understanding of FOIA.

Tags: Justice Department , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Jason Miller , Sunshine Week , FOIA

Friday - 03/13/2015, 10:40am EDT
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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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