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Agencies: Record-setting FOIA backlog out of control

Federal agencies are getting better at processing Freedom of Information Act requests. The record-setting backlog is just an anomaly out of their control, the Justice Department says.

Tags: FOIA , Justice Department , Sean McCalley , Open Government Directive , DHS , NARA , Melanie Ann Pustay , Office of Information Policy , Bureau of Administration , Senate Judiciary Committee

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 04:10pm EDT

FOIA backlog almost doubles within a year

The Justice Department said the backlog of Freedom of Information Act requests rose about 70 percent between FY 2013 and 2014, for a total of 160,000. The vast majority of the backlog belongs to less than a third of federal agencies, with 72 agencies posting a backlog of fewer than 100 FOIA requests.

Tags: FOIA , Justice Department , Open Government Directive , DHS , NARA , Sean McCalley

Monday - 05/04/2015, 06:19pm EDT

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 , Melanie Pustay , FOIA , 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: Melanie Pustay , Justice Department , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Jason Miller , FOIA

Friday - 03/13/2015, 10:40am EDT
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Agency FOIA officers discontent with House reform bill

The FOIA Act of 2014 would amend the Freedom of Information Act in 12 ways. It calls for the online portal and requires more oversight by agency inspectors general. But some agency FOIA officers say the bill only would improve the information disclosure process minimally.

Tags: management , transparency , Darrell Issa , Ali Ahmed , Lauren Barlow , Krista Boyd , Nathan Hallford , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Senate Judiciary Committee , FOIA , American University Washington College of Law , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 03/19/2014, 06:19am EDT
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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: transparency , Open government , Congress , FOIA , 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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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 , Barack Obama , FOIA , Dorobek Insider

Tuesday - 03/15/2011, 04:58pm EDT
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