The Justice Department launched a new pilot program to be tested at seven agencies that would open up Freedom of Information Act responses to everyone, not just the requester.
A transparency advocate says the Congressional Research Service should be able to release its reports publicly just like its sister organization, the Congressional Budget Office, but others caution that could have unintended consequences.
The Professional Services Council on Tuesday came out in support of a new National Archives and Records Administration rule that lays out how agencies should deal with unclassified information that still has some restrictions placed on it.
With the launch of the openFOIA website last month, the National Archives and Records Administration has laid out what information requesters and Freedom of Information Act office workers can get from the three main FOIA-related federal websites.
Since a Freedom of Information Act request can take months for an agency to fill, the Justice Department is updating guidance that helps agencies determine if requesters are still interested in getting the information, according to a July 2 DOJ notice.
Agencies have come under fire for not being proactive about handing over documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act. So as part of FOIA modernization efforts, the National Archives and Records Administration is reaching out to the public to find out what they see as faults in the process.
Permanent records, regardless of format, should be transferred into the National Archives and Records Administration's custody only when business use has ceased and the passage of time has lessened the sensitivity of the records, says a June 17 NARA bulletin.
The Justice Department inspector general has set out a new policy to make the summaries of misconduct by senior executives in the agency public. In a letter to Congress, the DOJ IG says it is now posting investigative summaries of cases involving the misconduct of members of the Senior Executive Service and employees at the GS-15 grade level or above as well as Assistant U.S. Attorneys.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz chastised agency officials over what he sees as a lack of openness when processing Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, requests in a June 3 hearing.
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.