Officials at several agencies told a Senate panel that Freedom of Information Act requests have become unmanageable because of a dramatic increase in the number of requests over the last few years.
After the Justice Department announced transgender federal employees would be added to the list of people that can't be discriminated against under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Defense Department should take a serious look at making the same change for military members, says an April 28 Congressional Research Service report obtained by the Federation of American Scientists.
The number of Freedom of Information Act requests that weren't fulfilled by federal agencies spiked by 70 percent in fiscal 2014 compared to the previous year. That's more than double the increase the government saw between fiscal 2012 and fiscal 2013, says the Justice Department's annual FOIA report.
Two Federal Bureau of Prisons employees were redeemed Tuesday when the Office of Special Council ruled that they were discriminated against at work as whistleblowers. Chicago-based field administrator Linda Thomas and Minnesota-based employee Julia Landucci were both, in separate cases, banished to inadequate work spaces after they lodged complaints against their superiors, says a March 31 OSC statement.
A former FBI special agent was sentenced to a decade in prison for accepting bribes to obstruct a grand jury in an alleged Defense Department contractor kickback scheme, says a March 30 Justice Department statement. Former Special Agent Robert Lustyik, a 24-year veteran of the FBI, pleaded guilty to all charges in an 11-count indictment on Sept. 29, 2014.
The IG reviewed the use and support of drones, also known as unmanned aircraft systems, within the department. It's a follow up to a 2013 interim report.
The Justice Department rolled out new education courses aimed at training the federal workforce on how to properly handle Freedom of Information Act requests, says a March 13 DOJ statement.
The Justice Department closed about 70 percent of its whistleblower retaliation complaints within a year, but it took years to close the rest, according to Government Accountability Office testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The DOJ closed 44 of 62 Federal Bureau of Investigations whistleblower retaliation cases within a year.
The Justice Department closed more than 70 percent of its Federal Bureau of Investigation whistleblower retaliation cases within one year of receiving them, says a recently released Jan. 23 Government Accountability Office report. The DOJ closed 44 of the 62 FBI whistleblower retaliation complaints within one year, took up to four years to close 15 complaints and took nearly 11 years to close the remaining three, the report says.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Justice Department after seeking records related to the U.S. Air Marshals cellphone tracking system, says a Feb. 10 EFF statement.