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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 , Melanie Pustay , Amy Bennett , Daniel Metcalfe , FOIA Act , Jared Serbu , information sharing

Wednesday - 03/12/2014, 11:29am EDT
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Behind the scenes of the new FOIA portal

Miriam Nisbet, director of the Office of Government Information Services and Rick Blum from the Sunshine in Government Initiative, will discuss a new tool that agencies can use to process Freedom of Information requests.
November 20, 2012

Tags: workforce , Bill Bransford , Office of Government Information Services , Rick Blum , Sunshine in Government Initiative , FOIA , Fed Talk

Friday - 11/16/2012, 07:30pm EST
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Behind the scenes of the new FOIA portal

Miriam Nisbet from the Office of Government Information Services and Rick Blum from the Sunshine in Government Initiative, will talk about a new portal that will help agencies with Freedom of Information Act requests.
November 16, 2012

Tags: workforce , FOIA , FOIA portal , Bill Bransford , Office of Government Information Services , Rick Blum , Sunshine in Government Initiative , Fed Talk

Friday - 11/16/2012, 07:13pm EST
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Federal Drive Interviews -- Oct. 2, 2012

Casey Coleman, CIO at the GSA, gives a preview of the 2012 Executive Leadership Conference. Lynn Bernabei, a partner with Bernabei and Watchel, discusses the House's sweeping update to the law protecting federal whistleblowers. Tom Fox of the Partnership for Public Service tells how managers can keep their workforce motivated in tough times. Miriam Nisbet of the National Archives discusses a new website aimed at speeding up the FOIA request process.

Tags: Casey Coleman , Tom Fox , General Services Administration , technology , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , DoD , DoD Report , Partnership for Public Service , Lynn Bernabei , Bernabei and Watchel , NARA , FOIAOnline

Tuesday - 10/02/2012, 10:00am EDT

Governmentwide portal to help streamline FOIA management

An office within the National Archives and Records Administration, told a congressional subcommittee a new governmentwide portal could help agencies better manage the hundreds of thousands of Freedom of Information Act requests the government receives each year.

Tags: EPA , Commerce , NARA , OGIS , In Depth , Francis Rose , FOIA , records management

Monday - 03/26/2012, 07:51pm EDT
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On the show today March 26

On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

Tags: NARA , Manuel Cebrian , Jill Garcia , FOIA , DAU , Acquipedia

Tuesday - 03/27/2012, 01:59am EDT

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: FOIA , Regulations.gov , transparency , open gov , EPA , Commerce , OMB Watch , Gavin Baker , technology , Gov 2.0 , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 01/12/2012, 03:47pm 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 , Melanie Pustay , 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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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 , FOIA , NARA , Max Cacas

Friday - 01/15/2010, 06:35am EST
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NARA makes headway in solving FOIA disputes

The Office of Government Information Services has impacted how agencies and citizens interact over Freedom of Information Act requests in its first year. Among the agency's first-year goals was to make people aware of its mission to act as an arbiter and help agencies implement best practices.

Tags: management , FOIA , NARA , David Ferriero , Sunshine in Government Initiative , Rick Blum , alternative dispute resolution , Max Cacas

Friday - 10/22/2010, 07:08am EDT
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