A program spearheaded by the National Archives and Records Administration to help digitize the federal record keeping process left out any provisions about metadata, according to the Government Accountability Office.
The National Archives and Records Administration issued a proposed rule May 8 that lays out how agencies should deal with unclassified information that still has some restrictions placed on it.
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.
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.
A new report from an open government advocacy group shows that agency responses to the same, basic Freedom of Information Act requests varied widely. About 65 business days after FOIA requests were sent to 21 agencies asking them to detail their FOIA processing practices, only seven have furnished complete and usable records in response.
The National Archives and Records Administration is soliciting comments on the implementation of a program to get agencies' email records in order. Back in October 2014, OMB issued guidance that supports a 2012 directive requiring agencies to manage permanent and temporary email records electronically by the end of 2016 and manage all permanent electronic records in an electronic format by the end of 2019, the recent solicitation for comments says.
The House Oversight Committee Wednesday approved a bill that would require agencies presume information requested by the public be open unless proven otherwise. The measure, which was passed out of committee by voice vote would make it easier for the public to request and receive government information, lawmakers say.
The Health and Human Services Department is expanding access to some of its data as a way to engage more with the public, says a March 16 HHS statement. "HHS is expanding public access to financial data and to the results of our funded scientific research," the agency says.
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.
Agencies are struggling to properly implement the Freedom of Information Act and release information to the public when it's requested, says a March 10 report from the Center for Effective Government.